The Bachelor Butte Dog Derby is a return to racing sled dogs in the Cascade mountains near Bend/Sunriver, Oregon.
The event is a trophy race scheduled for March 5-6, 2016 at Wanoga Sno-park.
This is an opportunity to experience the splendor of the the
Cascades and contest one's dog team on world class terrain.
The courses will be challenging and the classes offered somewhat nostalgic.
The 1.5 mile course is a loop trail though short it is still challenging as far as hill climbing. It is geared for anyone with just a few dogs; kids and adults; Skis or sled.
The 5-mile course is loop that features some climbing; tight, downhill turns, a mile long straight-away. This will be a 5-dog maximum for sprint teams and a separate 3-dog ski-jor event.
The 9 mile course follows the 5-mile, with a challenging 4 mile loop tacked on. We also offer a 9-mile advanced skijor race.
Mid-distance drivers will enjoy the 7-dog 15-mile class, set to be in line with other mid-6 or 8 dog events in the Pacific Northwest.
The open class course is 25 miles of beautifully groomed trails. Mushers can start with as few as six swifts in tow and hook-up as many as they can safely control. As teams depart Wanoga sno-park they will climb the otter slide that is trail #4 and climb for about 4 miles. At trail #25 the teams will descend for 6 miles through junctions and tree tunnels and circumnavigate Wanoga Butte.
Contact Cyndi Smidt at: email@example.com or Polly Riley firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-593-9884
1.5 mile course map
5 mile course map
9 mile course map
15 mile course map
25 mile course map
Remember that Deschutes National Forest requires that all straw - including the straw in your dog boxes - be certified weed free!