Bend trails (post snow)

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  • 10-23-2012
    sketchbook
    Bend trails (post snow)
    Anyone know the condition of trails? Was amazing a couple days ago, but now I wonder.

    Horse ridge might be open if everything else is too wet/snowy...
  • 10-23-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sketchbook View Post
    Anyone know the condition of trails? Was amazing a couple days ago, but now I wonder.

    Horse ridge might be open if everything else is too wet/snowy...

    Snow was pretty light. I would give it until Thursday for all of the Phil's Triangle to thaw out. The trails should be sweet by then.

    Upper Elevation trails are no doubt snowed in. Just look at the Mt. Bachelor cams.... Depends on the weather in the next week.
  • 10-23-2012
    dirt farmer
    Don't forget Horse Butte/Swamp Wells. I'm actually looking forward to riding that very soon.
  • 10-23-2012
    sketchbook
    Yeah riding Horse Ridge later today. Don't think I have ever ridden horse butte/swamp wells. I will have to check that out

    thanks!
  • 10-23-2012
    wasfast
    I am new to central Oregon. Where is the Horse butte / Horse ridge area ?
  • 10-23-2012
    shugarbear
    heard that ride was great.

    sunday the trails were great!
  • 10-25-2012
    sketchbook
    @ wasfast. Both horse butte and ridge are on the east side of town. You can find maps and such on ORMTB.com

    I rode yesterday in Phil's below rd 300. Voodoo had about 1.5 " of snow on it but there was a single track path cut through and there was no mud at all. Everything lower was perfect dirt!

    Joe
  • 10-25-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sketchbook View Post
    @ wasfast. Both horse butte and ridge are on the east side of town. You can find maps and such on ORMTB.com

    I rode yesterday in Phil's below rd 300. Voodoo had about 1.5 " of snow on it but there was a single track path cut through and there was no mud at all. Everything lower was perfect dirt!

    Joe

    Thanks for the update. HEADING out there today. Looks like some milder temps in the forecast..:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    toyotachaos
    Planning to head out to Phil's trails on Sunday. Is it wishful thinking that helicopter pad will be snow free by then?
  • 10-25-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by toyotachaos View Post
    Planning to head out to Phil's trails on Sunday. Is it wishful thinking that helicopter pad will be snow free by then?

    I will let you know this evening. About to head out there!!
  • 10-25-2012
    willem3
    Rode up to 300. Nice out there. Will ride up to the HPad tomorrow. Cheers!!!!
  • 10-26-2012
    Ridinbend
    Took a drive up to swampy just to get a look see and there was about 4-6 inches of snow. Got some turns on the cone instead.
  • 10-26-2012
    Jeff in Bend
    Rode up to heli-pad yesterday. Compact snow and ice on most of trail above 300 but rideable. Worst spot was the descent from h-pad to road with 2 -3 inches of snow. Whoops was about the same rideable but slick with compacted ice. Temps supposed to be warmer and stay above freezing for a while so I would think it should be good for a week or so. Everything below 300 was clear.
  • 10-26-2012
    StreamRider
    How do you guys stay warm? I went out and my ears froze in less than 15 mins.
  • 10-26-2012
    dirt farmer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    How do you guys stay warm? I went out and my ears froze in less than 15 mins.

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  • 10-26-2012
    swolfe
    Clearance Clarence
    Phils up past H-Pad is good, some light snow and slush. took the fat bike and was surprised how much it's changed in the last 48 hours. Those of you in town this weekend will be treated to some pretty nice trail conditions. Have fun.
  • 10-26-2012
    shugarbear
    I cant wait, heading out tomorrow.... if anybody wants to ride, hit me up.
  • 10-27-2012
    Nat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    How do you guys stay warm? I went out and my ears froze in less than 15 mins.

    If you plan to ride in really cold winter conditions then you might dress as though you were going skiing: ski helmet, ski gloves, etc. I haven't tried it with ski boots yet...
  • 10-27-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    If you plan to ride in really cold winter conditions then you might dress as though you were going skiing: ski helmet, ski gloves, etc. I haven't tried it with ski boots yet...

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  • 10-27-2012
    ttrd
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    How do you guys stay warm? I went out and my ears froze in less than 15 mins.

    Proper layers are key, and I always bring a backup or two when temps dive below 40 degrees (easily can fit into my pack with a rain/wind stopper jacket as well). I usually don't stop much on cooler rides, but after longer climbs when my layers become wet from sweat I always change out to something dry and even put on a jacket to make sure I never feel cool. I also really like my knee & arm warmers that can be easily warn or taken off during a ride..... and lastly good socks and for some people head heat (beanie, headband ect) are so simple but crucial for maintaining good body heat.

    I ride regularly into temps into low 30s or high 20s and when properly dressed am always warm. Off season ridding is some of the best with low to no people, excellent dirt conditions and better than doing nothing!
  • 10-27-2012
    Nat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by willem3 View Post

    Those guys were going really fast!
  • 10-27-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nat View Post
    Those guys were going really fast!

    Looks really fun!! Thinking about a Salsa Beargrease or Mukluk for winter riding. :thumbsup:
  • 10-27-2012
    shugarbear
    I was just down at Web talking to Zach about the beargrease.... it sounds like a ton of fun.
  • 10-28-2012
    hawkview1
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    Go for it guys, would love to see more fat bikes in Central Oregon! You never stop smiling when you ride one of these.:)
  • 10-28-2012
    shugarbear
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by willem3 View Post
    Looks really fun!! Thinking about a Salsa Beargrease or Mukluk for winter riding. :thumbsup:

    willem, did you pull into phils TH today? I thought I saw your bike... not sure though. wearing a COTA jersey?
  • 10-28-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by shugarbear View Post
    willem, did you pull into phils TH today? I thought I saw your bike... not sure though. wearing a COTA jersey?

    Nope! No COTA jersey!!!
  • 10-28-2012
    shugarbear
    haha, good thing I didnt say hi...
  • 10-29-2012
    dirt farmer
    I've not been on a bike since that "monster" storm, lol.

    Thinking about heading out tomorrow to do Storm King. I'm guessing the snow/ice should be gone by then?? And mud should be minimal? Please advise.

    Thanks!
  • 10-29-2012
    Jeff in Bend
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    I've not been on a bike since that "monster" storm, lol.

    Thinking about heading out tomorrow to do Storm King. I'm guessing the snow/ice should be gone by then?? And mud should be minimal? Please advise.

    Thanks!

    I was out yesterday late and the trails are as good as it gets. Have fun!
  • 10-29-2012
    swolfe
    clear/wet
    rode phils up the Canyon to Whoops side is in great shape. The trail up whoops to Shooting Star Shelter is pretty wet, but no snow in the trail. Still some patches off to both sides, etc. H-Pad is good to go/Storm King is in great shape.
  • 10-29-2012
    shugarbear
    bought some shoe covers and a light weight jacket... GTG for the winter!
  • 11-03-2012
    dirt farmer
    Does anyone know the conditions of the really high stuff? I mean like North Fork/Met-Win/Flagline? Would there be several inches of snow in many spots?
  • 11-03-2012
    swolfe
    There is some blowdown on Met-Win and Flagline, and some patchy, light, melting snow. Blowdown on South Fork as well. Trails were in good shape today.
  • 11-07-2012
    StreamRider
    Whats up with the gun shots that sound very close to the Helipad? Hunting up there?
  • 11-07-2012
    dirt farmer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Whats up with the gun shots that sound very close to the Helipad? Hunting up there?

    If it was last night, it may have been Willem shooting at his life-sized cardboard cutout of President Obama :D

    I kid!

    I recollect hearing a long time ago there is a shooting range near the Phil's TH, yet I do not know where it is; nor if this is true.
  • 11-07-2012
    Nat
    At the end of FS 300 there is an old cinder pit where people shoot. Head uphill on the road a few hundred yards where Phil's crosses the road. It's right below Upper Phil's/Helipad. I wouldn't be worried about stray bullets. Even if one ricocheted out of the pit, it would have to snake through a lot of trees to get to the trail.
  • 11-07-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    If it was last night, it may have been Willem shooting at his life-sized cardboard cutout of President Obama :D

    I kid!

    I recollect hearing a long time ago there is a shooting range near the Phil's TH, yet I do not know where it is; nor if this is true.

    Yeah!! Great idea!!!! I should get out my arsenal!! LMAO!! :D Actually a great day to go buy some additional guns!

    I never shoot around the Phil's network or the West Side of Bend. I tend to go out to Horse Butte to shoot at my Obama and Biden cutouts!! Great idea for some weekend fun!!

    The trails are in great shape by the way!! Great out there.:thumbsup:
  • 11-07-2012
    thuren
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by willem3 View Post
    Yeah!! Great idea!!!! I should get out my arsenal!! LMAO!! :D Actually a great day to go buy some additional guns!

    I never shoot around the Phil's network or the West Side of Bend. I tend to go out to Horse Butte to shoot at my Obama and Biden cutouts!! Great idea for some weekend fun!!

    The trails are in great shape by the way!! Great out there.:thumbsup:

    Those cutouts sound awesome let me know the next time you go I have some of this!

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  • 11-07-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by thuren View Post
    Those cutouts sound awesome let me know the next time you go I have some of this!

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    That looks cool!!! I tend to usually go out with my Winchester 45 COLT Lever Action. Although, I sometimes take out the double barrel Coach Gun.

    I will let you know when I head out. Probably in December. Prefer to ride now when I can!! Cheers!
  • 11-08-2012
    rushman3
    Any beta on lower Phils trails? Coming up this Friday to Monday for family, but want to get some rides in.

    Have 2.4 tires, mini fenders and cold/wet weather gear.

    Thanks, Gary
  • 11-08-2012
    StreamRider
    Lower phils has been in great shape. Its lightly snowing now and the weather forecast is for a couple of inches tonight.
  • 11-08-2012
    perrygeo
    When to call off a ride?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rushman3 View Post
    Any beta on lower Phils trails? Coming up this Friday to Monday for family, but want to get some rides in.

    Have 2.4 tires, mini fenders and cold/wet weather gear.

    I don't mind getting wet, cold and muddy but I hate the idea of rutting up some great tread and destroying someone's hard trail work.

    What's the etiquette? Is there a rule-of-thumb in Bend for when to call off a ride due to bad trail conditions?
  • 11-08-2012
    StreamRider
    Signs at most of the trail heads asking riders to stay off when the trails are wet and muddy. But, it looks like they'll be frozen solid given the forecast.
  • 11-09-2012
    shugarbear
    looks like a fair amount of snow up at bachelor, and we even have snow in town... whos riding in the snow?
  • 11-09-2012
    willem3
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by shugarbear View Post
    looks like a fair amount of snow up at bachelor, and we even have snow in town... whos riding in the snow?

    Time for the Fatbikes!!!!! :thumbsup:
  • 11-09-2012
    swolfe
    I'll be out on my fat bike this afternoon. Yesterday it was dusting up above Tumalo Falls, but i have a feeling it's pretty heavy now.
  • 11-09-2012
    shugarbear
    I bet tiddleywinks is done for the season eh?
  • 11-10-2012
    shugarbear




    Went up this morning, lots of fun :)
  • 11-11-2012
    steiny
    I love seeing photos of the trails when there's snow. I'm only there when it's like 80-90 degrees. It's hard to imagine the place without heat and dust.
  • 11-11-2012
    swolfe
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    up a little higher
    11/10/2012. Snow deeper from Rd 4610 up Helipad, down Whoops. Pretty dialed and packed in below that road. Great conditions! Gotta love dry snow.