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

    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    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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    This helps?

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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.
    I like to start out slow and then back it off a notch.

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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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    Gooseberry Mesa

    I wish it was in Oregon.

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    I really like that one in the woods. You know, the one with all the trees and stuff.

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    "The one I happen to be riding at the moment".

    I'm with Shiggy on this one, but if I was pinned down and had to pick one of my favorite trails in Oregon, it would have to be the N. Fork/MW/Flagline/S. Fork loop in the Deschutes NF. An all singletrack loop that has it all with buffed trails, about 13 waterfalls, high alpine climate/scenery, nice climbs that aren't too strenuous and about 10 miles of sweet, fast, descending singletrack to be had with three different, continuous blasting descents.

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    What, no votes for Leif Erickson? COD and Flagline always put a smile on my face...

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    The trail across the road from my house. It's always waiting........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    I wish it was in Oregon.
    Ah yes, that reminds me of our ride there last year:
    I didn't know that was Oregon, Jay? I thought we were in Kansas all along,? "There's no place like home". Thanks for setting me straight on this.
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    My favorite trail is the lollypop that starts at Roaring River CG.I am aware that it has been included in that misguided "wilderness" B.S.,but the ranger in the Clackamas district told me to enjoy myself as it had been recently cleared ...I informed him that I would be on my mechanical advantage and he did not care one bit.I do not recommend this trail to anyone...you really would hate every mile.So...the back side of the Twins is a blast.It is more exciting on the day of the "WHERE'S WALDO" run...like a video game w/o a remote.
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    North Umpqua Trail for sure! 80 miles of epic singletrack that gives you everything!

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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.
    amen! shuttlegypsies errrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by freebiker
    amen! shuttlegypsies errrrrrrr
    oh brother

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack
    oh brother
    just so you know, from the pics I see in your blog,
    I do feel threatened by you.
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    How about local favorite

    My local favorite is the Gales Creek, Storey Burn, Sikter Lars, Browns Camp, HHT figure eight loop. I always have fun on that route, even on a ridgid SS.
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    North Fork/Flagline/MW is very nice, but if you put a gun to my head and said, "choose your favorite trail NOW!!!", I guess, beside whimpering and pleading for my life, I'd choose: riding up South Fork--> SST--> Sector 16--> Upper Whoops-->Skyliner loop.

    It's got all the major food groups... a nice sweat-inducing workout climb to start; a traverse through nice, old trees; a couple of nice shelters; some open, sun drenched manzanita shrub land; a rollicking rumble down Upper Whoops; and just the right amount of technical challenges. And it can easily be fit in after work (I get off work at 2pm.)

    Your mileage may vary.

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    I forget, what's that park in Portland?

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    my vote goes north fork/flagline/south fork.

    i 2nd the southfork/sector 16/upper whoops/skyliner if you throw in couple of lower whoops loops before heading back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freebiker
    just so you know, from the pics I see in your blog,
    I do feel threatened by you.
    Threatened? How so? I may have found a new face book quote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazloco
    I forget, what's that park in Portland?

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    no park in portland has any trail that should come close to qualifying as best in OR...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbprinter
    no park in portland has any trail that should come close to qualifying as best in OR...
    I bet he was talking about Mt Tabor. Epic riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freebiker
    just so you know, from the pics I see in your blog,
    I do feel threatened by you.

    I saw lots of photo's of him pedaling... up and down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer
    North Fork/Flagline/MW is very nice, but if you put a gun to my head and said, "choose your favorite trail NOW!!!", I guess, beside whimpering and pleading for my life, I'd choose: riding up South Fork--> SST--> Sector 16--> Upper Whoops-->Skyliner loop.

    It's got all the major food groups... a nice sweat-inducing workout climb to start; a traverse through nice, old trees; a couple of nice shelters; some open, sun drenched manzanita shrub land; a rollicking rumble down Upper Whoops; and just the right amount of technical challenges. And it can easily be fit in after work (I get off work at 2pm.)

    Your mileage may vary.
    That's a good one too and one I use to do after work when I lived there for a summer several years ago. A great post-work, all trail loop, but you don't get the fast, killa
    S. Fork descent, like you do with other loop mentioned. Upper Whoops is nice though.
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    Wow...now that I am ready to type..I can't

    Hide and Seek keeps inching its way at the top of the list I must say and my new favorite trail is not completely legal yet.

    There is also a reason that I go to Ashland at least 4 times a year. Timewarp, *********and *****'* *****

    Favorite sleeper trail is definately Oregon Larch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchback78
    Wow...now that I am ready to type..I can't

    Hide and Seek keeps inching its way at the top of the list I must say and my new favorite trail is not completely legal yet.

    There is also a reason that I go to Ashland at least 4 times a year. Timewarp, *********and *****'* *****

    Favorite sleeper trail is definately Oregon Larch.
    Not completely legal? I want to go.....again.

    Seriously though, how cool is it that two of the best trails in the area were not even here a few years ago? Major props to those that are making it happen.
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    I gotta say....

    The trail that probably puts the biggest smile on my face right now is Bonzai DH.....
    The Mt. Hood Epic ride that a group of us do at least once each year is amazing too. The trails in Sandy are noteworthy as well. The best traisl I have never ridden are Waldo Lake and NUT. Gotta hit those this year for sure.
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