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    The best trail in Oregon

    The OR board has been a bit stale as of late, so.........What is THE BEST trail in Oregon? Never mind the distance, type of trail, etc. What do you believe is the single best trail in the entire state?
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    the 'off-road' path from my computer to my fridge. puts a smile on my face every time.

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    "“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Edward Abbey

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    That's what I'm talking about....

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    a 66 mile trail I have never heard of. Keep em coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    a 66 mile trail I have never heard of. Keep em coming.

    That's only the N. half of it.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/frewin/recre...wmtrails.shtml
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    The Dutch Flat Trail...I probably wouldn't consider this the best (very close though) trail in Oregon, but, it was my favorite ride from last summer. Very, very rooty and rocky for most of it's 9 mile (one way) length and culminates at the very scenic Dutch Flat Lake. It is in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest off of the road to Anthony Lakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    Huh. Surprised to hear this inasmuch as a buddy went down to ride it a few years ago and said it was mile after mile of solidified cow hoofprint craters. Maybe he wasn't on a FS sled.

    I'd always wanted to ride it up 'til he told me that.

    So what is it that makes it the best? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    I'll need to try this come summer. How is the tread? Horse-shot-to-hell? Does it get very sandy?

    I love that part of the state. I wish there were more trails near there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Huh. Surprised to hear this inasmuch as a buddy went down to ride it a few years ago and said it was mile after mile of solidified cow hoofprint craters. Maybe he wasn't on a FS sled.

    I'd always wanted to ride it up 'til he told me that.

    So what is it that makes it the best? Thanks.

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    I have friends that go down from Portland every year and love it, but I've also heard what you are saying, cow pies and hoofprints, plus a lot of burned areas. I've never been but would like to check it out someday.
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    Alright then.

    In my experiences over the past 9 years of going down there, I've seen the cow-stomped and horse-trodden stuff but by far the majority of the trail, I'd characterize as primitive, unused single track in a very remote setting. The large fires of 2002 (Winter fire mainly) killed many trees along many of the northern segments and the FS has been backlogged on clearing it out. Other segments (particularly from Chewaucan Crossing south past Morgan Butte to Cox Pass TH) have been maintained better. Most of the trail heads are very difficult to locate and once on the trail it is occasionally a challenge to stay on the trail.

    For sure one has to 1) decide to suffer some; 2) pick a time when the conditions are ripe (AND be lucky) or 3) some of both. The trail is NOT for everyone, but it was designed and constructed originally around 2000 - 2001 to connect some sections of historic trail, in some cases old trapper / native trails, and some "modern" user trails - such as hunter and FS lookout staff user trails accessing the various lookouts. There is a rich and interesting history to the area.

    On a typical day you'll ride some horse trail, some cow trail and A LOT of virgin trail that nobody uses. The FS is very helpful to visitors and all one needs to do is inquire locally about trail conditions at the Silver Lake, Paisley or Lakeview FS offices. They can tell you things like who is grazing their cows and where, whether there's any other groups on the trail and whether or not it has been cleared of blow down. You CAN go on your own, but good luck.

    That, or get with COTA or Cog Wild later this summer. COTA is planning (with Cog Wild's help) to conduct a couple recon / trail clearing missions late in the summer (after the mosquitoes have subsided) and Cog is planning a first-ever 3-day tour there in September. (Epic but "no-worries" version of the Fremont NRT)

    In my opinion, the Fremont is HANDS DOWN the most epic trail I've ever ridden. So sure there's better ones out there, I just haven't ridden them yet. (Elkhorn Mtns, CDT Kokpelli's come to mind...)

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    The Best Trail

    Hands down, is whatever one the shuttle-bugs and huck-stables haven't found or are too lazy to pedal.
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    Waldo's still my favorite.
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    If I tell you. I will have to kill you.

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    I'm really falling in love with the trail(s) on my property...nothing for grumpy phucks though...just fun lovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Waldo's still my favorite.
    Yeah, that whole high lakes area: Waldo, Maiden, The Twins, Charlton, Gold Lake. Lots of great options for putting together big days and days on end (sigh). Might be a small window of opportunity, but when it's good, it's really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    The OR board has been a bit stale as of late, so.........What is THE BEST trail in Oregon? Never mind the distance, type of trail, etc. What do you believe is the single best trail in the entire state?
    The one I happen to be riding at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    The one I happen to be riding at the moment.
    Me, too, except when it's too muddy, has two or more big downed trees per mile, or after I get my second pinch-flat. Then it's the worst trail in Oregon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unoveloce
    Hands down, is whatever one the shuttle-bugs and huck-stables haven't found or are too lazy to pedal.
    There's no trail I can't pedal sir...
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    Fence-sitter!

    Pick one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    Pick one!
    Where is your pick FA?

    Black Rock - Most fun.
    MRT - Best wife/GF ride
    Suzanne Lake - Best swimming hole
    Red Lake Loop - Best technical single track
    Whoops - Best alpine pump track
    Adams Mtn - Best primitive descent
    Waldo - If I really had to pick one
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    Adams Mt. Way has something like 75 (estimating, stopped counting at 50) trees down on it at the moment...kind of a flow killer. Trying to get the FS to commit to helping a group of us in clearing it. It's a *really* low priority though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaKlyde
    Adams Mt. Way has something like 75 (estimating, stopped counting at 50) trees down on it at the moment...kind of a flow killer. Trying to get the FS to commit to helping a group of us in clearing it. It's a *really* low priority though.

    Brock...

    That's too bad. Let me know if there is ever a work party. That one is worthy of taking back. How is Crawfish?
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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent
    Pick one!
    I did! I can only ride one trail at a time.
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    Crawfish is fine. A couple switchbacks are shot to hell thanks in large part to some underground racing without any repair work by said group/crew/whatever. We've fixed one and I cut a lot of wood last fall. The very top (from Knott down to the first road crossing; where the old lookout was) needs a lot of brushing and from the first crossing to the second needs a bit but overall it's not bad.

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