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    Alsea Falls (OR) is now open for business!

    My ride report from the new Alsea Falls trails system in Oregon. This was from opening day (phase one), which had a great turn out of really stoked riders! Looking forward to seeing this place grow!

    Wheels & Water: Alsea Falls Trail System, OR (Opening Day, 6.22.2014)

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    Be sure to look close at those photos. You might see one of the elusive Alsea Falls trail gnomes peeking out of some of the corners.

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    Great write up Nate Dogg! We really appreciate the feedback, and seeing pictures of us riders is a bonus for sure! Thank you again for coming out and riding, for the support and your great photographs!
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    Great story and images. You mentioned a pack full of camera gear.
    What did you bring along? And how much did it weigh?

    Will have to add this to my list of places on our next visit to Oregon.

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    The photography kit I had for this ride comprised of the following:
    Sony A7 camera
    Sony FE Zeiss 24-70mm f/4
    Sony FE Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
    Sony FE G 70-200mm f/4
    Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro
    Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
    Sony 43am Flash
    Compact tripod
    Extra batteries

    All of this photo gear probably added up to around or a little over 10 lbs.

    Hope this helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbflg View Post
    Great story and images. You mentioned a pack full of camera gear.
    What did you bring along? And how much did it weigh?

    Will have to add this to my list of places on our next visit to Oregon.

    -db-
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Dogg View Post
    My ride report from the new Alsea Falls trails system in Oregon. This was from opening day (phase one), which had a great turn out of really stoked riders! Looking forward to seeing this place grow!

    Wheels & Water: Alsea Falls Trail System, OR (Opening Day, 6.22.2014)

    -Nate
    Great report and preview of the beginning of a rad trail system in a cool forest. A nice little gem of trails in those woods and worth the trip if in Oregon.
    Ride On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Dogg View Post
    The photography kit I had for this ride comprised of the following...
    All of this photo gear probably added up to around or a little over 10 lbs...
    Hope this helps...
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    That's an impressive kit to carry -- but if you want the great shots that's what you do.

    Thanks,

    -db-

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    What tires are you guys riding on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walangkatapat View Post
    What tires are you guys riding on?
    Right now, I'm on Nobby Nics, but that is what came on my bike as stock. I won't replace them with the same thing thought. The terrain up there is so varied that it is hard to say what tire might run the best overall at Alsea Falls. I guess it depends on what you like, as with just about all our decisions. I sure have seen a lot of tire combinations riding up there though, so maybe others can chime in with their choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walangkatapat View Post
    What tires are you guys riding on?
    I'm pretty old school, I ride Nevegals for everything -- just can't seem to find a tire I like better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walangkatapat View Post
    What tires are you guys riding on?
    Ardents work pretty good there (especially when dry) since they are a faster rolling tire than say a Nevegal. A smaller tread pattern with still ample grip is good to have for carrying speed on a trail like "Springboard" without much elevation loss and the need for minimal rolling resistance to keep the momentum up without having to pedal a lot. I run Specialized Butcher 2.3, Maxxis Ardent 2.25 on wide 35mm carbon rims and does great on the 650b bike there. BTW, conditions were amazing there on Friday due to prior rain the weekend before more than likley and the trail gnomes of course, thanks! I was able to stop off at Alsea Falls en route to Bandon for annual family 4th of July camping with Cummin's Creek and North Ridge loop on the return. I love coastal range riding this time of year!.
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    Rode there last night (saw 8 other riders, everyone had a big smile at the bottom) - super fun! Kudos to the trail designers/builders.

    (Also: the Wood Creek TH for Mary's Peak is a mere 55 minute drive, if you're coming from a ways away and feel like a double header.)
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    That is a great suggestion. Thanks, that may be all the motivation for the drive that I needed.
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    I think it would be closer to hit Mary's Peak from the base of East Ridge by driving north through Alsea (the town) then turning off on the road to the summit. Climb East, then drop North and transition back on the gravel to the car.

    I have meant to try it that way 2 weekends in a row now after 2 laps at Alsea Falls but the trails are so fun I do 4 laps and have nothing left in the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabrielle View Post
    Rode there last night (saw 8 other riders, everyone had a big smile at the bottom) - super fun! Kudos to the trail designers/builders.

    (Also: the Wood Creek TH for Mary's Peak is a mere 55 minute drive, if you're coming from a ways away and feel like a double header.)
    Or just park across from East Ridge TH at pullout off Mary's Peak Rd and do the loop from there like I did on way back from Alsea last weekend. Only about 30 min tops from Alsea Falls. The double track climb to finish is not ideal, but not too terrible and shaves from having to drive back to Philomath and up Woods Creek Rd. North Ridge was fantastic last weekend as well and seems like the work that has been done on it makes it ride some better while still keeping all the good rooted/tech sections. I hit 30.5 mph last Sunday evening on it (no hikers) and was pretty darn stoked on the ride. Cummins Creek, Alsea Falls, and Mary's on the return makes for one stellar weekend of riding.
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    Anyone have the 411 on Cummings Creek? I see that its on the coast near Yachats, any trail maps out there?

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    I have only ridden Cummins Creek once, and that was at night, but it was a great ride. Reminded me a lot of North Ridge on Mary's (not the sanitized part). Lots of fun roots to play on.

    Have been meaning to get back there for a while.

    Don't have a map though.

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    10-4. Gonna have to give it go.

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    Bit south of Yachats. Never been there myself but a quick search turned up this.

    Cummins Creek map:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5426592.pdf

    from the USFS site:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siusl...42287&actid=50

    There's also the trail network for that Newport race but I have no idea about routes or maps for it... I think it's on private land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    I think it would be closer to hit Mary's Peak from the base of East Ridge by driving north through Alsea (the town) then turning off on the road to the summit. Climb East, then drop North and transition back on the gravel to the car.
    Yes, it's definitely a bit closer - I'm just anti-uphill-at-end-of-ride
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