Who:  The Ruff Wear Crew

Where: Deschutes National Forest

With: Chris and Woody from the from the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA)

The Mission: To buff out some singletrack on the Steve Larsen Trail in Bend, Oregon for future mountain bikers and trail runners.

As part of our goal to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their humans…we like to get out and lend a hand to local outdoor organizations.  COTA has been building trails in and around Bend, Oregon for 15 years.

They are a local, volunteer-based organization that works in conjunction with the US Forest Service and other land managers to build and maintain more than 500 miles of trails in Central Oregon.

COTA’s newest project (along with the USFS) is a state-of-the-art trail network 13 miles from Bend. When completed, the new trail network near the current location of Wanoga Sno-Park will connect to the Deschutes River Trail, Storm King, Edison Sno-Park and Phil’s triangle, greatly expanding trail options in the Bend area – and all of them will be dog friendly!

After a delicious BBQ lunch on the Ruff Wear deck (thanks to Dean, our guest chef), our pack carpooled up to the new trail system and grabbed our trail buffing weapons of choice.

For the next 2 ½ hours, we raked, chopped, and spread out the duff on either side of a new trail to ensure it would establish an ideal surface over time.

After all our hard work, we celebrated with some cold ones.

Thanks to COTA for having us out so we could help enhance outdoor adventures in Central Oregon. Nice work Ruff Wear crew!