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    Bend area riding conditions - Nov/Dec

    Hi,
    Live in Boise and looking at doing something different this year, instead of the typical trip to SoCal; looking to do a Mtn Bike trip.

    Options are Oregon area, or Southern Utah/Western Co.

    How are the riding conditions generally in Nov/Dec in Bend and surrounding areas, and the Willamette NF?

    I've heard there is a ton of riding just in and around Bend--enough trails to ride differnet stuff for say a 4 day trip/stay?

    Thanks!
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    Well winter arrived last week and most of our trails (probably 50%+) are now in the early stages of collecting snow for our up and coming La Nina winter. There is a week or two of riding left and much of the better trails in Bend. Consider the weather where ever you go. Cheers.

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    The most ridden (and well known) trails in the Bend area will be out of commission, due to snow, come late Nov/Dec. That being said there are winter riding areas (mostly to the east) that are all but certain to be open. The winter riding areas, while fun, are not the trails that Bend is know for. If your expectations are reasonable (i.e. looking for anywhere to ride, and not expecting "best-ever epic trail experience"), then come on out.

    The majority of the trails in the Willamette NF will likely be either muddy or snowy, but it really depends on what old man winter brings to the party. Being that the b*tch (La Nina) is back, I wouldn't get your hopes up for a light winter.

    You can always check in closer to the date to see how the trails are shaping up. Or you could face it, hang up the bike, and get out the board(s)

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    Ride options

    The top of the Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters is the same elevation as the base of the Bend trails, and thus we can ride later in the Fall and earlier in the Spring. 25 mi stacked loop system, worth a day's visit if you come to Central Oregon.

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    If you wind up on Hwy101 Northern California (Humboldt County North... that is ), you should check out Paradise Royale in the King's Range. Unless it's raining, or with the little snow that shows up, you might get a good ride out of that trail. It's on BLM land, specifically built for MTB'ing, a 13ish mile loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrahm View Post
    The top of the Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters is the same elevation as the base of the Bend trails, and thus we can ride later in the Fall and earlier in the Spring. 25 mi stacked loop system, worth a day's visit if you come to Central Oregon.

    John
    +1 for Peterson Ridge. Very cool.
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    one more weekend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ridinbend View Post
    Well winter arrived last week and most of our trails (probably 50%+) are now in the early stages of collecting snow for our up and coming La Nina winter. There is a week or two of riding left and much of the better trails in Bend. Consider the weather where ever you go. Cheers.
    Sounds like we can still hit up Phil's for one more weekend, though? Planning to head over Friday, 11/11/11...
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    99 Trail

    Looking to bring a group over from the "valley" this Saturday.Any measureable snow at the upper elevations of 99 Trail? Thank you for all comments and suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jekramerjr51 View Post
    Looking to bring a group over from the "valley" this Saturday.Any measureable snow at the upper elevations of 99 Trail? Thank you for all comments and suggestions.
    Rode from Wanoga Complex (Funner) to Phil's Yesterday. Snow from Funner thru Storm King, and into the onset of COD. Water pools were beginning to appear on the track through the ride (at least into COD). Any of the higher elevation lines are done.....lower ele. stuff will be ok for a little longer - not much though.

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    Today road Mrazek from/to Shevlin Park up to 5,950'. About 1/4" snow starting just below the NFR370 intersection. Trail is in great shape. Forecast is for snow starting tonight and every day next week.

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