Cultus Lake: Winopee Lake Tr16

3D view of Cultus Lake Trail #16

Overall: 5

Aerobic: 3

Technical: 3

Steepness: 1

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 60%

The Cultus lake trails are shown as a singletrack loop, but could be done as an OAB from the Cultus Lake campground, extending the ride time and avoiding the fireroads.




Avg: 12mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:1150'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 2hr





These campground trails can be ridden in either direction, and best to avoid busy high summer weekends when the campgrounds (and trails) are full.

Cultus Lake is near the Sisters Wilderness Area, so Many Lakes Tr15, Metolius-Windigo Tr99 and Winopee Lake Tr16 are off limits to biking, beyond the lakeside segments of these trails.

More challenging terrain can be found around nearby Lemish Lk Tr19, Crescent Lk Tr3846 or S. Waldo Lk Tr3586, but the Cultus Lake loop is worth riding if camping in the area.

Little Cultus Lake can also serve as the trailhead, which results in a slightly inverted ride profile and an easy end-of-ride road climb.

Metolius-Windigo Trail 99 is rideable outside of wilderness areas, so watch trail signage if exploring various sections of that great trail system.

Area Hiking: The Cultus Lake CG can serve as a basecamp for several hikes into the surrounding old growth forest, using Metolius-Windigo Trail 99 to hike towards Lava Lake, or Winopee Lake Tr16 to connect to Pacific Crest Tr2000-E.

Corral Swamp Tr8 and Benchmark Butte Tr8.5 offer some shorter day hike options.

Snowshoe Lakes Tr33 can be combined with Winopee Lake Tr16 into a full day loop option.

Mosquitoes are ferocious in this area until August. Feel free to try the natural repellents, and avoid drinking carbonated drinks prior to riding, but Deet 100 may be the only protection from 'the swarm'.

Directions: Go 14mi from Bend on SR97S then take the Sunriver/SR40 exit. Go 22mi on SR40W, then go left onto SR46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) and go 1mi to the Cultus Lake Resort FR4635. Go on FR4635 and park at the Cultus Lake day use picnic area parking lot. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Cultus Lake Cultus Lake Trail #16 Topo Map

Loop Directions

round the lake

Cultus Lake Area Topo Map

  • TH: Start with a mild descent on FR4635 for 1.8mi, then go right on FR4630 (rough gravel road) and ride to FR4636 and FR640 to Deer Lake Tr6.
  • 4.6mi: Go left onto Deer Lake Tr6, near the campground at 4.6mi. Ascend gradually for the first mile, with a steeper ascent at 5.6mi. Ride summit is at 6.7mi.
  • 6.9mi: Just past the bridge, go right at the fork, onto Many Lakes Tr15 (Metolius-Windigo Tr99). The trail merges with FR640 at 8mi, then pass through West Cultus campground. The trail exits the west side of the campground.
  • 9.3mi: Just past the bridge, go right onto Winopee Lake Tr16. Pass the Metolius-Windigo Tr99 intersection on the left at 9.6mi.
  • 12mi: Winopee Lake Tr16 ends at the north side of the Cultus Lake Campground.



Best Area Guide

Trail Index

This Ride

Deer Lake Trail 6, Many Lakes Trail 15, Metolius-Windigo Trail 99, Winopee Lake Trail 16, Winopee Tie Trail 16.5

Three Sisters Wilderness

Benchmark Butte Trail 8.5, Corral Swamp Trail 8, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-E, Snowshoe Lakes Trail 33, Teddy Lakes Trail 9


Cultus Lake Campground, Irish and Taylor Campground, Little Cultus Lake Campground, Quinn River Campground, West Cultus Lake Campground


Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge






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