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    San Diego to Oregon trip must hit riding spots? Where should we go?

    Hey guys. My friend and I are going on our first big mountain bike road trip. We're headed to Oakridge, OR from San Diego for Mountain Bike Oregon bike fest. The plan as of now is to hit Bear, Mammoth, and North Star bike parks. We have an 8 day total time slot so i wan't to explore some new spots. Any suggestion from San Diego all the way up to Oregon would be much appreciated.

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    Are you okay with pedaling?!

    Seriously, what kinds of trails are you interested in? That'll help! But for starters, I would check out Dread and Terror (upper Umpqua River) as it's in the neighborhood of MBO. Waldo Lake is also close to Oakridge. It's a beautiful loop around the lake, although it's mostly just mellow XC.

    Then there's lots of trails around Lake Tahoe (Google TAMBA), and Downieville is awesome. If you can swing through the Bay Area on your way back, then Demo and Santa Cruz will not disappoint. And I would save Big Bear for a regular weekend. It's just a'ight.

    Btw- I really miss riding Noble Canyon. And, if you haven't already, you should drive up the coast and drop the San Juan trail and/or Chiquito and Telonix.
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    Since you are hitting Northstar, assume you are AM/DH/FR.

    Hit Santa Cruz. There is a place call You See As See where magic happens when you pick up your mail. Just dont run into the dead camper while you are looking for the world cup ride...Zee

    Do some google search and you will know what I am talking about.

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    Since you'll already be in Mammoth it won't make sense to make a side trip to the bay area - it will waste a lot of time and the riding is pretty good but it isn't "destination" worthy IMO. I'd spend the extra time riding up around Tahoe and Downieville.

    If the timing is right, add Mt Bike Oregon to your trip. I went in July and the trails rip. In fact, spend more time in Oregon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCTreeHugger View Post
    In fact, spend more time in Oregon.
    This is good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    This is good advice.
    Secondeded. More time on bike, less time in car good.

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    Cannel Plunge, just east of Bakersfield. Rated as one of the best trails in the country. Very much worth the side trip.

    Downieville. Everybody should try it atleast once.

    Bend, Oregon. If I could find work there, I would live there now. The riding is that much fun.

    I haven't tried it myself, but there is good stuff happening in Ashland, Oregon. My friends raved for months about one particular downhill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Cannel Plunge, just east of Bakersfield. Rated as one of the best trails in the country. Very much worth the side trip.

    Downieville. Everybody should try it atleast once.

    Bend, Oregon. If I could find work there, I would live there now. The riding is that much fun.

    I haven't tried it myself, but there is good stuff happening in Ashland, Oregon. My friends raved for months about one particular downhill.
    Good to hear - headed to Ashland in 1 month - please let me know if you figure out what the name of that DH run is. Sorry to de-rail. Carry on.

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    i can count eight worthy rides in and around Oakridge Or. so I would bust a nut up north and have a good time!
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    Thanks guys all sound good. We ride mostly all mountain but definitely not against a good XC ride. I think we're gonna take the advice to spend as much time in OR as we can. Last time I was up there I hated myself for not being able to have my bike. Anybody else going to the August MBO?

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    If you were really brave, you keep on going and hit Vancouver and Whistler...Whistler is a genuine must!!!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Best XC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone No Balone View Post
    i can count eight worthy rides in and around Oakridge Or. so I would bust a nut up north and have a good time!
    Heading that way in a few days. What would be the best long XC ride in Oakridge?

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    Not an Oakridge expert but Bunchgrass may be what you want for a long XC ride.

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    Alpine (plus an upper loop)-Tire Mountain-Cloverpatch would put you in the 26 mile range. Lots more if you don't take the shuttle to the start! East of Oakridge, the Waldo Lake loop is about 22 miles, but be ready for skeeters.
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    San Diego to Oregon trip must hit riding spots? Where should we go?

    I should say I did like new Mendocino trails. Grab a track from the recent Mendocino 100 race (62m hits most good bits).
    Weaverville trails, as used on Bigfoot's races had been very nice. I assume one could shuttle their old Super-D run.
    Never been to Paradise smth-smth loop north of Ft. Bragg - by all account worth a trip, once you are near the coast.

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    To the original post, best way to Oakridge is through Tahoe up HWY 89 to hit Downieville/Lakes Basin area for a few days and then up to HWY 96-HWY 58 directly to the Brewers Union Local 180 brew pub in Oakridge. As for trails, The whole Alpine Trail is a must for one ride. Then, try upper Alpine-Tire Mtn. to the brand new (as of two days ago) Cloverpatch Tie back to Alpine. Next day do the Alpine-Tire Mtn to Winberry Divide. Next day do the entire Middle Fork. Next day do Bunchgrass/ETC Trail. All these rides are generally close to town, 30 plus miles each and your legs will fall off. These are just a few without talking about all the outlying areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf View Post
    Heading that way in a few days. What would be the best long XC ride in Oakridge?
    I typed out a long description of different rides last night and hit the button and it disappeared! %$#&!

    basically similar to what Howling Dogs wrote. Check in with Eugene at the Mountain Mercantile across the HWY from Ray's groceries and he can set you up as far as rides goes.

    I did Bunchgrass on a SS and I won't be doing that again unless I have some gears. 36mi of REMOTE singletrack just about killed us!

    Very much liked the Middle Fork of the Willamette from Timpagnoas Lake (5200') down to Sand Prairie campground (1600') for around 30 mi of REMOTE single track. Another in that area is Moon Point/Young's Rock which can be done as a loop from Secret Campground incorporating around 5 mi of the Middle Fork trail. That was a great loop ride for about 24 mi and 3500' climbing. All good stuff.

    Hardesty....west of town heading down to Eugene is a grinner too.......

    later in the summer the higher stuff up near the Willamette Pass is pretty *****en too... but the skeeters are deadly until late August or September. Waldo Lake and the Twins is another great loop ride up there.

    I'll be passing through mid September for a few rides on my way up to Seattle to be with my daughter as she gives birth to our second grandchild and her first daughter!

    say hi to Eugene if you see him!

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone No Balone View Post
    Very much liked the Middle Fork of the Willamette from Timpagnoas Lake (5200') down to Sand Prairie campground (1600') for around 30 mi of REMOTE single track.
    Remote singletrack is my kind of ride!

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    The Redding area has some great riding and is convienently located as you travel up and down I-5. Worth a few hour stop.

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    Oh man this trip is going to be amazing. I'm not going to be able to move by the end of the week. I can't wait. Thanks for all the tips. If anybody wants to ride and you're on my way(up the 395) let me know.

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    Here's a suggested itinerary, although these are just ones I like:

    Kernville:
    Cannell Plunge - shuttle ride
    Just outstanding - can self-shuttle or get a ride

    In South Tahoe:
    christmas valley
    mr. toads
    Armstrong, sidewinder, corral

    North Tahoe:
    Hole in the Ground

    Soak at Sierraville hot springs in sierraville between Truckee and Downieville - If you are ok with a hippy kind of vibe.

    Downieville

    Bend - the Mt. Bachelor to Bend shuttle is the bomb.

    Oakridge - Waldo lake is beautiful
    - Alpine shuttle a must
    - Larrison creek
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    San Diego to Oregon trip must hit riding spots? Where should we go?

    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Here's a suggested itinerary, although these are just ones I like
    Excellent list. I HiGHLY recommend this ititnary.
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    Another ride in Oregon is the Mckinzie river trail something like 28 miles one way. A lot of good riding around Bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beef supreme View Post
    Not an Oakridge expert but Bunchgrass may be what you want for a long XC ride.
    Only do Bunchgrass if you are a glutton for punishment. Of all the MBO rides it is rated the highest for grunt factor and technical difficulty. 9 of us did it the first day of MBO last year. They ended up cancelling the ride the next two days because not enough people wanted to do it after hearing our stories. If I remember right it was only about 5K of climbing, but it seemed twice that because of the technical steep climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens Olson View Post
    Only do Bunchgrass if you are a glutton for punishment. Of all the MBO rides it is rated the highest for grunt factor and technical difficulty. 9 of us did it the first day of MBO last year. They ended up cancelling the ride the next two days because not enough people wanted to do it after hearing our stories. If I remember right it was only about 5K of climbing, but it seemed twice that because of the technical steep climbs.
    I can vouch for that........
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    Bunchgrass is an old school trail that is a must if you are in riding shape. If you mostly shuttle then it is a grind. There are plenty of trails that Eugene at the Merc can steer you to that are awesome and worth the effort. It is an beautiful place with great people. Enjoy!

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    Heading to MBO august from the SF bay area myself. Would love to ride Ashland on the way , not sure I have the time. Ashland is an awesome town worth a stop raced the enduro last year trails are pretty sweet.

    Ashland Mountain Adventures

    MBO do hardesty and lawler
    ATC fire last year so did winberry kind of the same but way longer with more climbing
    doing moon point ride talked to someone who rode it last year said it was worth it.

    Overall MBO is an amazing trip if you hit up places on the way up and back you'll be stoked. Santa cruz only riding in bay area worth the trip besides annadel in sonoma. downieville or any tahoe riding north or south is way worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootdogss View Post

    doing moon point ride talked to someone who rode it last year said it was worth it.

    Santa cruz only riding in bay area worth the trip besides annadel in sonoma. downieville or any tahoe riding north or south is way worth it.
    Yeah doing Moon Point from secret campground is a pretty good loop ride. Drive out HWY 21 about 20 miles past the reservoir to Secret Campground and park there. Get your bike out and get on the road and head up river on pavement for a few miles until you see a bridge that crosses over the river to the other side. Cross over and catch the Middle Fork trail on the other side and catch about five miles of nice single track going down river back past secret campground until you come to another bridge crossing ( I was looking that crossing up but lent my maps out) Pop out on HWY 21 again and ride up the HWY about a mile? until you come to forest Rd. 2129 on your left and climb for about ten miles until you come to Youngs Rock 435 on your right. Then single track it 5+ miles and various tight switch backs and view points all the back down to HWY 21 and you pop out right across from secret campground and your car.

    Wherewolf.......you should do this one........

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    Tone thanks for the info.

    Paid MBO guys the extra $30 for shuttle of moon point, can't wait.

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    In the Eugene area - reach out to the Disciples of Dirt and partake of some of their club rides. Friendly peeps, gorgeous riding.

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    San Diego to Oregon trip must hit riding spots? Where should we go?

    Mills peak trail...fun and an awesome start to some Oregon fun...thanks Howling Dogs.

    Anything Tone says is excellent.

    Been on the road since Monday, ridin, campin, fishin. Got to Waldo Lake Wednesday....it rained. Thursday fresh tracks around Waldo....mine were the only tracks around the whole lake....the dirt...it's what folks come here for. Yesterday,tooled around Charlton lake a bit. Mosquitos not bad @ Waldo right now. Lotsa nice trails around Waldo area too.

    Headed to the McKenzie today, just waiting for the weekend rush to bail so we get some midweek non-congestion. Sittin on O'Dell Lake right now, bout to brew some coffee, make bfast, paddle around a bit. Some shots of Waldo from the other day to stoke dat sh*t.
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    Damn Native.....

    I'm jelly-ous!!!

    get some.

    I just drove down from tri-cities Washington in a 35' motor home today (just got in) back to Lake Stevens Washington after going to my niece's wedding in Umatilla.

    Hot...Hot...Hot country up there. Glad to be back down near the coast and some mid 70's.....Only bummer is no bikes on this trip.

    It's ok though....flying back home tomorrow and will be on my bike Tuesday for sure!
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    Re: San Diego to Oregon trip must hit riding spots? Where should we go?

    If you are coming back through Klamath Falls I can show you around our local trails.

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    To the OP: I assume you'd also be interested in good lift-accessed DH (since you're going to Mammoth and N*). In that case, I highly recommend Willamette Pass, which is right on your way to Oakridge (about 30 minutes away). It's one of 2 places in OR that currently has lift accessed DH. There aren't too many trails there, but what they have is great, and there are no crowds. Seems to be kinda under the radar for some reason. It's like old-skool N*. They might only be open on weekends.

    Many other good OR suggestions already. I'll chime in:

    - Waldo is a great loop. Fun place to jump off the dam into the lake partway around. I don't remember when huckleberry season is, but they were in season last time I was there and you could literally hold your hand out while riding and collect berries.

    - Moon Point shuttle is awesome.

    - Ashland is totally worth it, also not too far from Oakridge. Someone earlier asked about a certain DH trail. I would bet money it was Time Warp and/or Jabberwoky.

    - If you're into freeriding, then you really owe it to yourself to make a trip out to Black Rock. You won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson View Post
    Mills peak trail...fun and an awesome start to some Oregon fun...thanks Howling Dogs.

    Anything Tone says is excellent.

    Been on the road since Monday, ridin, campin, fishin. Got to Waldo Lake Wednesday....it rained. Thursday fresh tracks around Waldo....mine were the only tracks around the whole lake....the dirt...it's what folks come here for. Yesterday,tooled around Charlton lake a bit. Mosquitos not bad @ Waldo right now. Lotsa nice trails around Waldo area too.

    Headed to the McKenzie today, just waiting for the weekend rush to bail so we get some midweek non-congestion. Sittin on O'Dell Lake right now, bout to brew some coffee, make bfast, paddle around a bit. Some shots of Waldo from the other day to stoke dat sh*t.
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    I like your rig man, looks like the ultimate funmobile with all the gear on it.Where did you start your trip at?

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    Where is black rock jimw?

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    It's in Falls City, OR. Pretty much the middle of nowhere... but again, WELL worth it if you're into flow and stunts. Probably about 2.5 hrs from Oakridge.

    Should be able to get all the info you need from the BRMBA website and facebook page:

    Blackrock Mountain Bike Association
    https://www.facebook.com/blackrock.brmba

    PM me if you need any more info.

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    I have also heard good things about Black Rock.
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    You might want to keep an eye (or nose) on the air quality for whatever spots you plan on hitting. Southern and central Oregon are on fire right now, literally.

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