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    Maston is great right now although it tends to be crowded these weekends. In general its a fast flat single track with a few fun rocky sections. Cline is a road climb then a cool single track DH off the SE side.

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    As far as Maston goes, it's fairly flat and very ridable all around, you can find some rocky tech sections between junctions (2-3-4-5) and (6-8). It's fun to ride the main loop in either direction but beware that the new trail sections are very rough still

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    The Maston section along the canyon is wonderful and somewhat technical. It's a blast. Don't fall into the canyon!

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    The Maston section along the canyon is wonderful and somewhat technical. It's a blast. Don't fall into the canyon!
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    2014 - Bend Area Trail Conditions & Blow Down Thread

    Will be heading up to Bend on March 25/26. What do you guys recommend trail wise? I hear Tiddlywinks trail is a lot of fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew8404 View Post
    Will be heading up to Bend on March 25/26. What do you guys recommend trail wise? I hear Tiddlywinks trail is a lot of fun.


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    I guarantee you it ain't any fun in March!!

    Your options are Maston or Horse Ridge. And possibly Gray Butte and Horse Butte

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    Re: 2014 - Bend Area Trail Conditions & Blow Down Thread

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    I guarantee you it ain't any fun in March!!

    Your options are Maston or Horse Ridge. And possibly Gray Butte and Horse Butte
    Alright, thanks!

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    2014 - Bend Area Trail Conditions & Blow Down Thread

    Phil's is great to the Chicken, Kent's is running nicely. Above junction 18, you will find some small muddy sections. Last night's moisture probably affected conditions. Actually sandy in some spots due to the trails turning into drains during our heavy rains a few weeks back. Ben's has some trees down right before and after Voodoo. Please ride straight thru mud/ puddles if you encounter them.
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    Peterson Ridge has re-opened as of 3/16, as it was deemed dry enough.

    Has anyone been out there yet? I'm thinking of going tomorrow. I will report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Peterson Ridge has re-opened as of 3/16, as it was deemed dry enough.

    Has anyone been out there yet? I'm thinking of going tomorrow. I will report back.
    Please do I'm trying to debate if it's worth taking the bikes up there for our trip.


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    Did some trail recon today.

    COD was good all the way to 4610 today. 2-3 small short sections of light mud. Almost wouldn't call it mud. Started at Tetherow sign. Was starting to see snow on the ground near 4610 and the trail was starting to get wetter, so i pulled off on 4610

    Phil's canyon. Muddy mess. AVOID

    KGB from chicked to tetherow had several pretty large sections of mud as well.

    So some great, some good, and some ugly for sure.

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    Rode Peterson to the upper viewpoint on Saturday. No indication at the TH it was closed. Overall good. West side trails definitely more moist than east side, maybe half a dozen muddy spots on the west. East side mostly dry but not yet packed, so not fast. Should be nice tomorrow.

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    Maston yesterday: crowds have shrunk and trails are getting dry. Fun nonetheless
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    Peterson Ridge is still too juicy, IMO. The bike was caked with mud. I'd say give it another week or so, or at least wait for this weekend.

    Both PRT east and PRT west had several juicy spots, with ruts full of standing water.

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    Saturday on PRT was much better. Think Sunday night's snow/rain mucked up a lot of the western trails. Phil's was also much wetter yesterday than weekend reports suggested.

    But hey, Horse Ridge and the Horse-to-Horse connector were sweet today!..... and empty!

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    PRT WEST UPDATE:
    I had some business at Blazin Saddles this afternoon and my wife joined me for the drive from Bend to Sisters so I thought I'd coupled in a shuttle on PRT West.....my wife is awesome for shuttling me up, however, this was not a good idea today!! I hit super mucky conditions almost immediately and would've backed out but was hopeful that dry trail was just around the next corner; especially considering that PRT was officially opened a week ago. I soon found myself a couple miles in and committed to my line so I continued on. Ultimately, I didn't hit good dirt until about 6 miles into my ride - which if you know this trail it's about 9 miles total from top-down. With the warmer temps and sunny weather in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, next week should be MUCH better....

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    Saturday on PRT was much better. Think Sunday night's snow/rain mucked up a lot of the western trails. Phil's was also much wetter yesterday than weekend reports suggested.

    But hey, Horse Ridge and the Horse-to-Horse connector were sweet today!..... and empty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiKong View Post
    But hey, Horse Ridge and the Horse-to-Horse connector were sweet today!..... and empty!
    Is there a map, google earth, or GPS track of that horse to horse available? Or idiot proof description of where it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
    Is there a map, google earth, or GPS track of that horse to horse available? Or idiot proof description of where it is?
    Here is a pretty concise one. Rider is not me.

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    Thanks! The old Strava export I used has been run off by the Strava people charging for premium service to export the .gpx file, but it can be seen on google earth so I could click it out. It ties in nicely to some of the fat bike sand rides I've been poking around. See you on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sketchbook View Post

    To add on to the Strava route, turn left on Ford Rd for 1/2 mile, then turn right for 1/4 mile after you pass through two stone fenceposts. This will take you to an old corral. Follow the tracks counterclockwise around the corral and you'll end up on another singletrack which climbs for about 3 miles to the top of the middle ridge. It's an awesome downhill on the way back!

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    Ben's: Tree down about 100 yrds west of the triangular log jump

    Phil's to Chicken is in good condition, guilt free riding

    Phil's from the Chicken to Voodoo has some mud, technically shouldn't be ridden but tons of people out there

    Voodoo from Phil's to Ben's is a horrible muddy rutty mess, avoid

    Ben's from Voodoo to the TH has a lot of mud, probably shouldn't be ridden

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    I tried riding Marvin's Garden out to COD around noon today and stopped about 1/2 mile in due to the mucky trail conditions.....
    Decided to give Ben's a try and made it just passed MTB and turned around due to the extremely muddy conditions; once I made it back to MTB I rode that until it connects to Kent's - my idea was to make a decision from there as to either ride up Kent's or turn back to the trailhead. IMO, the trails were ALL WAY TO BAD TO RIDE!! I felt guilty riding the small portion that I did....needless to say that I turned back once I connected to Kent's. My surmise is that the trail needs at least another 3-5 days of NO RIDING and lots of sun....

    After riding for a week on Marvin's Garden out to COD and connecting to ELV and back to the Chicken followed by taking Phil's back to the trailhead with near epic conditions, I'm totally surprised that the current conditions are so bad considering that we only had one night of white precip. last Monday night. I'm guessing that the freeze/thaw effect coupled with lots of riders has caused the trails to be in such ruin. What's interesting is that I rode the day following the snow (i.e. Tuesday evening at 6:00pm) and the trails were near hero dirt!! I rode the subsequent day (i.e. Wednesday at 11:00am) the the same line was a mess!!

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    Ben's: Tree down about 100 yrds west of the triangular log jump

    Phil's to Chicken is in good condition, guilt free riding

    Phil's from the Chicken to Voodoo has some mud, technically shouldn't be ridden but tons of people out there

    Voodoo from Phil's to Ben's is a horrible muddy rutty mess, avoid

    Ben's from Voodoo to the TH has a lot of mud, probably shouldn't be ridden
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiKong View Post
    To add on to the Strava route, turn left on Ford Rd for 1/2 mile, then turn right for 1/4 mile after you pass through two stone fenceposts. This will take you to an old corral. Follow the tracks counterclockwise around the corral and you'll end up on another singletrack which climbs for about 3 miles to the top of the middle ridge. It's an awesome downhill on the way back!
    Yeah, i didn't check this specific route that closely at all. I have ridden out by the coral and that downhill is indeed very cool. Had a lot of fun going down in snow. Great little ride only one very short section of gravel right there at the corral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjMarS View Post
    My surmise is that the trail needs at least another 3-5 days of NO RIDING and lots of sun....
    Agreed. All trails got hammered by traffic today. Massive rutting in some areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiKong View Post
    To add on to the Strava route, turn left on Ford Rd for 1/2 mile, then turn right for 1/4 mile after you pass through two stone fenceposts. This will take you to an old corral. Follow the tracks counterclockwise around the corral and you'll end up on another singletrack which climbs for about 3 miles to the top of the middle ridge. It's an awesome downhill on the way back!
    Yep, I see it on Google earth. Thanks,,........ man I gotta get out there, there is a lot of work to do!

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    KGB is a freaking mess of mud and ruts.

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    2014 - Bend Area Trail Conditions & Blow Down Thread

    Yesterday Kent's trail was riding nicely. Even in the rain. Still muddy in the upper part of Phil's Canyon.


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    Phil's TH to the Chicken is perfect.

    Unfortunately ELV going out to GS is still soupy in spots.

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    Let the Phil s system rest a bit more. Go a short ways east. Horse Butte is featuring perfect dirt as of today including Arnold Ice Cave trail/Swamp Wells south of China Hat Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastsiderider View Post
    Let the Phil s system rest a bit more. Go a short ways east. Horse Butte is featuring perfect dirt as of today including Arnold Ice Cave trail/Swamp Wells south of China Hat Rd.
    Agreed. Although, I believe today it will be WET everywhere!!! Big storm on the march. Cheers!
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    I'm pretty sure this is the section of trail from the connector between ELV and the Chicken....it's held standing water in two or three small sections since "some" of the trails have been good enough to ride....Isn't this just passed where ELV crosses over GS and then you take a left at the connector and head towards Phil's?....

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    Phil's TH to the Chicken is perfect.

    Unfortunately ELV going out to GS is still soupy in spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjMarS View Post
    Isn't this just passed where ELV crosses over GS and then you take a left at the connector and head towards Phil's?....
    It was about half way between the Chicken and GS.

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    COTA is displaying on their website that Marvin's Garden and COD are green light. Can anyone verify that these lines are good to ride? Thanks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjMarS View Post
    COTA is displaying on their website that Marvin's Garden and COD are green light. Can anyone verify that these lines are good to ride? Thanks....
    Sounds like things are surprisingly good out there. Mud up high on ben's and phil's. KGB/marvins dry.

    That's what i have heard anyway.

    KGB was the worst a week ago, so if that's dry, that's a good sign.

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    Hey folks. I am rolling into your parts on Thursday or Friday coming from Boise to Eugene and was looking to get a ride or 2 in. I always stop and ride the lair and I want to get another ride in on the trail bike. I'll check back later this week, but what is the general consensus on conditions? Also giving what's available, what are some good rides in the area? I have ridden the swampy lakes trail, whoops and done some riding around Phils trails, but I am always on my way through on a road trip and done have time to explore much. I know you guys don't have mega tech and gnar that I really dig, but I am open to any and all suggestions for rides. Even better if someone wants to show me around for a ride.

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    Hey Swan
    Conditions are pretty variable in the lower Phil's area right now. This week we are looking at freezing overnight temps warming up to near 50 during the day. Unfortunately this usually means frost heaving and muddy soft conditions in town.
    Since you are coming from Boise, I would stop at Horse Ridge on your way into Bend. It is right off of hwy 20 about 20 miles east of town. Good loops to be had there for sure and it is riding great right now. Someone here can chime in with a link to a map I am sure. Go explore and Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Phil's TH to the Chicken is perfect.

    Unfortunately ELV going out to GS is still soupy in spots.

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    Wow, that looks completely tore up. Farmer John could just drop some seed and start his crops without putting the plow blade down.

    Do the trails get damaged like this every winter or is this year especially worse for some reason? I never rode in Bend before July so it's all a big dust bowl 'til I get there so I wouldn't know what goes on there in the winter/spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny View Post
    Wow, that looks completely tore up. Farmer John could just drop some seed and start his crops without putting the plow blade down.

    Do the trails get damaged like this every winter or is this year especially worse for some reason? I never rode in Bend before July so it's all a big dust bowl 'til I get there so I wouldn't know what goes on there in the winter/spring.
    Yes. This is typical. It takes repair to get this back to normal. Also leads to trail widening. It is starting to dry out there. Looks better already. Might be dialed by next week.
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    Quickie Ben's/KGB/Kent's this afternoon...conditions seemed close to perfect, anyone know how far up they stay that way?

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    ~5,000 feet I was turned back by snow on Swamp Wells today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORviaCO View Post
    Quickie Ben's/KGB/Kent's this afternoon...conditions seemed close to perfect, anyone know how far up they stay that way?
    I hate to be "that guy", but can we all just wait for next weekend? It is to be near 70 all next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I hate to be "that guy", but can we all just wait for next weekend? It is to be near 70 all next week!
    While there may be some isolated sloppy spots, conditions are pretty good. Even COTA's giving green lights on many trails including Phil's Complex. You can wait until next week week if you like but I'll be riding.

    Deal with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I hate to be "that guy", but can we all just wait for next weekend? It is to be near 70 all next week!
    We all want the same thing Farmer. The reason for my question is that I hate to be "that guy" tearing up the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshmellow View Post
    While there may be some isolated sloppy spots, conditions are pretty good. Even COTA's giving green lights on many trails including Phil's Complex. You can wait until next week week if you like but I'll be riding.

    Deal with it


    You do know how badly misrepresented the green dots often are, no? Perhaps not, as you seem to be fairly new around here.

    I refer you to this helpful thread again.

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    What about Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters, Oregon?

    Still muddy?
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    Anybody know how conditions are at
    Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters, Oregon?

    Still muddy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshmellow View Post
    While there may be some isolated sloppy spots, conditions are pretty good. Even COTA's giving green lights on many trails including Phil's Complex. You can wait until next week week if you like but I'll be riding.
    Isolated sloppy spots can quickly change to damaged areas that need repair when large numbers of riders hit them.

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    Anyone know how conditions are
    at Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters?

    Still muddy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dualsport650 View Post
    Anyone know how conditions are
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    Still muddy?
    Check this page for recent rider reports - https://www.facebook.com/bendtrails

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