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    Coos and Curry county riders, Check in!

    Hey all, I am new to the board, not the area. I was born in Gold Beach in 1980, grew up in Langlois. Enlisted in the Marines in 05' and have been in Coquille since August of last year. Glad to be back!

    Where does everyone ride around here? I have checked out Euphoria Ridge (with minimal success) and Blue Ridge, haven't been to Winchester Trails just yet. Any other places worth mention?

    I picked up a 13' Specialized Hard Rock Sport Disc 29er from Karl at South Coast Bicycles in Bandon, so that's what I ride now!

    The active logging is going to be good in the long run at Blue Ridge I think, but in the meantime I have done a little clearing on Hearts Content, Middle Tie and Steaming Donkey. Anything I can do without hand tools, I'll stop and do it. Would be cool to get together and clear some trails and then go ride.

    Anyway, hope to hear back from some locals!
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    I can show you around Euphoria Ridge or give directions at least. Also Call Moe's bike shop in north bend- there's a Tuesday night ride out of there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    Hey all, I am new to the board, not the area. I was born in Gold Beach in 1980, grew up in Langlois. Enlisted in the Marines in 05' and have been in Coquille since August of last year. Glad to be back!

    Where does everyone ride around here? I have checked out Euphoria Ridge (with minimal success) and Blue Ridge, haven't been to Winchester Trails just yet. Any other places worth mention?

    I picked up a 13' Specialized Hard Rock Sport Disc 29er from Karl at South Coast Bicycles in Bandon, so that's what I ride now!

    The active logging is going to be good in the long run at Blue Ridge I think, but in the meantime I have done a little clearing on Hearts Content, Middle Tie and Steaming Donkey. Anything I can do without hand tools, I'll stop and do it. Would be cool to get together and clear some trails and then go ride.

    Anyway, hope to hear back from some locals!
    So you are clearing Blue Ridge? The trails are closed, but I called the land management folks, and they told me it would be ok to ride on, say, Sundays when the loggers aren't working. I'm not looking to get you in trouble or anything, I just want to figure out when you're going, so I have another place to ride. I did hit Blue Ridge once this summer, but the logging had made the sections I was on un-fun. I cleared what I could, but it looked like a lost cause due to the ongoing logging. This is year 2 of the logging project, and there's no word how much longer it will last. I'm also interested to hear why you think the logging will make Blue Ridge better in the long run. PM me if you don't want to post up on the boards.

    I usually ride Winchester's because they are easy to get to, but this summer they have closed about 5 miles of trails which makes things a bit more difficult. I occasionally ride around eel lake out at Tugman State Park, but that's more of a scenery ride. Some of the riders from Moe's Bike Shop have been hitting a trail at the end of El Rod street in Coos Bay. That's about 10 miles out and back, but consider it straight XC without much twisty-turny stuff. Just straight up a hill, then straight back down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tristan View Post
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    I can show you around Euphoria Ridge or give directions at least. Also Call Moe's bike shop in north bend- there's a Tuesday night ride out of there.
    I saw the map you drew up of Euphoria, It's pretty awesome. When I went out there I got to the "old rocky road" and had to head down the mountain due to logging. It was pretty fun bombing down the hills anyway. I think it was about the end up April and it looked like no one had been up there in awhile at that time. Night ride at Euphoria on Tuesday? Sounds tempting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    So you are clearing Blue Ridge? The trails are closed, but I called the land management folks, and they told me it would be ok to ride on, say, Sundays when the loggers aren't working. I'm not looking to get you in trouble or anything, I just want to figure out when you're going, so I have another place to ride. I did hit Blue Ridge once this summer, but the logging had made the sections I was on un-fun. I cleared what I could, but it looked like a lost cause due to the ongoing logging. This is year 2 of the logging project, and there's no word how much longer it will last. I'm also interested to hear why you think the logging will make Blue Ridge better in the long run. PM me if you don't want to post up on the boards.

    I usually ride Winchester's because they are easy to get to, but this summer they have closed about 5 miles of trails which makes things a bit more difficult. I occasionally ride around eel lake out at Tugman State Park, but that's more of a scenery ride. Some of the riders from Moe's Bike Shop have been hitting a trail at the end of El Rod street in Coos Bay. That's about 10 miles out and back, but consider it straight XC without much twisty-turny stuff. Just straight up a hill, then straight back down.
    Yeah, I have been on Blue Ridge a few times this summer, mainly on the north end of the trails. I just exercise a little common sense and stay away from any logging that is going on. Actually I've only seen active logging going on twice. I usually go earlier in the morning and when I am heading home I pass a few trucks.

    I plan on clearing Mud Bog Alley and Danny Boy next time I go... or, at least start on them. Middle Tie/Doughnut/Steaming Donkey is about 90% clear now. There is one tree that is good sized and a chainsaw is the only way it's getting cleared, other than that maybe one other smaller tree and misc branches. Hearts Content was totally clear until about 2 weeks ago and there had been trees dropped on it. Last week they were still in that area working, so it may be clear now. Jigiiyat's north portion is totally clear, fast but short. My only reason for thinking the logging is an ok thing is just that it'll prevent trees from falling during the winter, but that's really it. It's definitely irritating when you come across a tree that they dropped but didn't clear, that's for sure.

    El Rod sounds pretty interesting... is the trail head obvious?

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    I was just on vacation in Bandon. Stopped by the shop there and couldn't get ANY scoop on where to ride except Winchester. Ran into a hellofaniceguy at the gas station. He mentioned the airport at Port Orford having some really fun stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miniman868 View Post
    I was just on vacation in Bandon. Stopped by the shop there and couldn't get ANY scoop on where to ride except Winchester. Ran into a hellofaniceguy at the gas station. He mentioned the airport at Port Orford having some really fun stuff.
    It's surprising you couldn't get any info from the shop in Bandon... Karl has always led me in the right direction and I also bought "Oregon South Coast Bike Ride Guide" by Tom Baake there. The guy at the gas station was probably talking about Blacklock, which is one of my favorite places around. The trail itself is very beginner, but the views are spectacular.

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    Sorry, came off wrong. Stupid internet. The shop owner, Karl, seemed like a great dude. We spent time talking about the new Bandon pump track and his plans for some new trail in the area. Apparently, in logging country, trailwork is done a little different than where I'm at. He has a fat bike on display too, love those. He did offer me the book too. It just felt like coastal Oregon was a little more roadie-centric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    I plan on clearing Mud Bog Alley and Danny Boy next time I go... or, at least start on them. Middle Tie/Doughnut/Steaming Donkey is about 90% clear now. There is one tree that is good sized and a chainsaw is the only way it's getting cleared, other than that maybe one other smaller tree and misc branches. Hearts Content was totally clear until about 2 weeks ago and there had been trees dropped on it. Last week they were still in that area working, so it may be clear now. Jigiiyat's north portion is totally clear, fast but short. My only reason for thinking the logging is an ok thing is just that it'll prevent trees from falling during the winter, but that's really it. It's definitely irritating when you come across a tree that they dropped but didn't clear, that's for sure.

    El Rod sounds pretty interesting... is the trail head obvious?
    Danny Boy and Miller's Madness were both in pretty bad shape when I was out there. I got kinda depressed because Blue Ridge is my favorite riding in the area, and my first time in there since the logging and the trails are just a mess. Not just from the logging, but since the trails have been officially "closed" for two years, this means some of the normal trail repair that would have been done by both cyclists and motorcyclists has not been done so everything is in pretty bad shape. There are whole sections of the trail that have been clear-cut, and there's no distinguishing the old trail from clear-cut. It seemed to me that most of the logging activity was going on over near Heart's Content and Slugfest, so I didn't make it over to that area because I was already depressed by the areas where active logging didn't seem to be happening.

    The El Rod ride is right at the end of El Rod street up behind near Marshfield High School. It's a mix of singletrack and gravel road. You climb up, and eventually pop out on Libby Lane. However there is singletrack off to the right that heads over towards Ocean Blvd. and pops out in a neighborhood over there. I've seen a couple other trails that veer off that route, but haven't investigated. Last time I went, the blackberry bushes had kind of over-taken some of the side routes, so I'm waiting to investigate after the foilage starts retreating this fall.

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    that pump track sounds like it'll be great!

    @theonejoe Can't do this tuesday at euphoria, actually Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty much out all summer but other evenings are bueno. That goes for anyone who wants to ride euphoria evening or weekends jsut let me know- it's certainly worth a drive from coos bay or roseburg (about an hour)
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    Quote Originally Posted by miniman868 View Post
    Sorry, came off wrong. Stupid internet. The shop owner, Karl, seemed like a great dude. We spent time talking about the new Bandon pump track and his plans for some new trail in the area. Apparently, in logging country, trailwork is done a little different than where I'm at. He has a fat bike on display too, love those. He did offer me the book too. It just felt like coastal Oregon was a little more roadie-centric.
    Yeah, it definitely is more road friendly here on the coast. I think just about anywhere around here could take cues from the success of Oakridge and really put themselves on the map for the MTB community.



    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Danny Boy and Miller's Madness were both in pretty bad shape when I was out there. I got kinda depressed because Blue Ridge is my favorite riding in the area, and my first time in there since the logging and the trails are just a mess. Not just from the logging, but since the trails have been officially "closed" for two years, this means some of the normal trail repair that would have been done by both cyclists and motorcyclists has not been done so everything is in pretty bad shape. There are whole sections of the trail that have been clear-cut, and there's no distinguishing the old trail from clear-cut. It seemed to me that most of the logging activity was going on over near Heart's Content and Slugfest, so I didn't make it over to that area because I was already depressed by the areas where active logging didn't seem to be happening.

    The El Rod ride is right at the end of El Rod street up behind near Marshfield High School. It's a mix of singletrack and gravel road. You climb up, and eventually pop out on Libby Lane. However there is singletrack off to the right that heads over towards Ocean Blvd. and pops out in a neighborhood over there. I've seen a couple other trails that veer off that route, but haven't investigated. Last time I went, the blackberry bushes had kind of over-taken some of the side routes, so I'm waiting to investigate after the foilage starts retreating this fall.
    There is definitely a lack of maintenance, which is where I hope I can help out. The trails themselves are in pretty decent shape, it's just Mother Nature taking over. If I can clear it myself I will for sure. Makes the next trip up there that much better! I plan on heading back up there this week at least once and clear and ride as much as I can, last weeks ride was far too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tristan View Post
    that pump track sounds like it'll be great!

    @theonejoe Can't do this tuesday at euphoria, actually Mondays and Tuesdays are pretty much out all summer but other evenings are bueno. That goes for anyone who wants to ride euphoria evening or weekends jsut let me know- it's certainly worth a drive from coos bay or roseburg (about an hour)
    I may have to take you up on that! I have a buddy who rides also so I'll see what his schedule is like (he works a lot). I am currently in the process of restoring a Specialized FatBoy, just waiting for my parts from DansComp and it'll be back on the road and hopefully just in time to go rip up the pump track!

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    Has anyone ever ridden around the Pony Creek Reservoir? I know it's federal land and it's trespassing, well technically, but I have been in there to try and catch fish...no luck.

    Also the Cape Arago area does have a few overgrown trails that I plan to scratch up my new Scale on. I want to find/make a trail from Cape Arago to Whiskey Run!!!

    I will have to check out the Elrod trail....that sounds to me like it approaches the reservoir from the east side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNooch View Post

    I will have to check out the Elrod trail....that sounds to me like it approaches the reservoir from the east side?
    I doubt that you can get to the reservoir, which I've only heard about, but never been near. The El Rod trail stays out of the reservation/federal land. It climbs up alongside Blossom Gulch on the MHS side, then you eventually hit a jeep road, climb it, traverse singletrack over to a gravel road, climb it, look for singletrack off to the left, head that way towards Libby Ln., watch for singletrack off towards your right. That singletrack takes you over to Ocean Blvd., popping out in a neighborhood above/around the AAA offices. If you rode out and back from the dead-end at El Rod, you maybe put in 10 miles. Not the most exciting miles either, but people like it cause you can go fast downhill. No turns. To the original point, the rider isn't anywhere near the reservoir, which I hear is up behind K-Mart somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    I doubt that you can get to the reservoir, which I've only heard about, but never been near.
    Au contraire! I have hiked in and fished in the upper reservoir, but only from the west side.

    Today I jumped the fence @ the south end of Madison (in methpire) and was planning to ride the dirt road to Libby Ln. I ran into a Tribal Cop about half way and assumed I was going to get busted. He asked me where I entered and I told him the truth...that I was just looking for dirt trails to ride on in the area. He said, "Don't ride in here Mon-Fri through the summer as we are doing road work, but Sat-Sun should be ok".

    He must have been a biker or just a real native American, cuz he was too nice to be wearing that gun and badge. In any case I told him I would just exit @ Miluk instead of heading all the way to Libby Ln. The road/trail exits on Libby Ln where that old baseball field is about a mile from Charleston.

    Here is a pic of a double wide bridge that crosses Tarheel Creek...I think this bridge in an old WW2 runway or similar.

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    This pic is up on Miluk...I usually ride up there, and there is a cool memorial and bench, but today I did exit like I told the Tribal Cop.

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    Here is a link to Google Maps...I'm surprised how many native Coos Folk don't know about the reservoirs.

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    I'll be trying out your Elrod trail soon. This thread needs moar Coos pics!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNooch View Post
    Au contraire! I have hiked in and fished in the upper reservoir, but only from the west side.
    Oh, I meant I doubt you can get to the reservoir from the El Rod trial I was talking about. Let us know if you find any new single track.

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    Hey thenooch, I may be wrong about accessing the reservoir from the El Rod trail. I was out riding yesterday, and I came to a clearing I hadn't paid much attention to before. From there, I could see a nice view of the reservoir. Looked to be at least a mile away, and I couldn't see any trails heading in that direction. I still have my doubts, but there has to be some access from this side.

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    Went riding at Blue Ridge on Saturday and ran into a guy (not literally ) who was up hiking with his daughter. He also rides and wants to help clear trails, so maybe we could plan something on a weekend to get up there and clear some trails as a group?

    I didn't have a ton of time, so I just rode Middle Tie/Doughnut/Steaming Donkey then took 26-12-25.3 to Jigiiyat and called it a day. Middle Tie and Doughnut are pretty well clear but it's gonna take a chainsaw and a couple hands to clear Steaming Donkey. The north portion of Jigiiyat to the parking area is totally clear of any down trees, etc.

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    On the way home I stopped and walked about 200 feet or so down Danny Boy and it was pretty clear. Next time I go up I'm going to take my machete and ride it/clear what I can.

    All the logging equipment was parked near the radio towers area so it seems they are progressing that direction for the moment.

    I'd also like to try El Rod when I get a chance.. sounds like it could be fun!

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    I'm living on Blue Ridge

    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    Went riding at Blue Ridge on Saturday and ran into a guy (not literally ) who was up hiking with his daughter. He also rides and wants to help clear trails, so maybe we could plan something on a weekend to get up there and clear some trails as a group?
    I just got hired to be the watchman up at Blue Ridge! I will be getting paid to camp and ride my new bike every day. I am kind of wishing I would have sprung for a Gary Fisher Hifi I was looking at because up here FS would be nice...In any case, if you wanna hook up for rides or even beers and BBQ, I have my 5th wheel up here for the next few months.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    All the logging equipment was parked near the radio towers area so it seems they are progressing that direction for the moment.
    I am parked about 100 yards to the right at the 4-way before the towers. Yes, they are moving in a ton of equipment this week, but I believe I can do just about whatever I want up here! It's ****in' bad ass!

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    PM if you wanna call before coming up...I have 3G service too! (not sure if it's cool to post phone digits on this forum)

    p.s. nice pics TheOneJoe

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    Wow, I am jealous! I think I may head up there tomorrow afternoon. I'll PM ya!

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    He theNooch, let us know what's going on with the new equipment and where the logging might be taking place. Also, report back when you get some rides in and let us know what's clear.

    I'm up for clearing trails if we get the ok.

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    Headed up to Blue Ridge today (well, Tuesday) around 2:30 and rode Danny Boy until I couldn't anymore because of the brush growing into the trail so I parked the bike and took off on foot with my machete... cleared lots of down branches from the trail and it's clear probably a mile in now. There is a little bit of dirt bike erosion in the corners, but it's just ferns and the like growing into the trail. It's a fun ride!

    Afterwards, I headed over and BS'd with TheNooch for probably an hour. He can expand on the details of when the logging is done, but the moral of the story is: Theres nothing stopping us from clearing the trails, and riding them.. just exercise a little common sense and you'll be fine. I go up there once a week at least and have had nothing but a good time with the exception of the idiots who dump trash by the pond. Grr.

    Anyways, I shot/edited a little video and took some photos. Nothing spectacular, but I had fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    Afterwards, I headed over and BS'd with TheNooch for probably an hour. He can expand on the details of when the logging is done, but the moral of the story is: Theres nothing stopping us from clearing the trails, and riding them..
    Absolutely! We may need more than a machete for some of these trails. I have a 16" Husky that will remove logs and branches, but perhaps a pair of gas powered hedge trimmers?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneJoe View Post
    just exercise a little common sense and you'll be fine. I go up there once a week at least and have had nothing but a good time with the exception of the idiots who dump trash by the pond. Grr
    Before...


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    and after...

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    as long as I'm up here, no farkin' trash dumpin'!

    My dog, the Moses, is loving life up here, and haulin' his ass around the mountains is great exercise.

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    This job don't pay much, but it sure kicks ass for fringe benefits.

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    Yeah, that chainsaw will come in really handy on Steaming Donkey! Awesome work on the trash, man.

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    Nice vids and pics guys! I'm going to be out of the area until late August, but maybe we should get a work party together for early September? I don't really have any tools, but I got manpower.

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    Sounds good! I've got a machete, loppers, hatchet, etc. I'm sure we could make a dent in those dang bushes.

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    Blue Ridge

    Why did all the pics get removed from this thread?

    In any case, here are a couple more...I have explored just about every trail up here now and I would say that 50% are un-effected by the logging operations. They are moving in more and more equipment yet the trails inside the road that circumvents the mountain are unscathed.

    Moses and I got out the Husky and cleared out Mud Bog Alley last weekend...it's only .4 miles but it's a start!

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    Moses doesn't actually help much when it comes to trail cleaning, but he enjoys hiking and chasing squirrels.

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    Heart's Content is rideable as is Midpoint and Steaming Donkey (with some walking due to brush) I believe Slugfest is clear as well.

    We could use some help if any of you Coos riders are interested. It would be great if someone had some gas hedge trimmers.

    Shawn

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    New to the Area looking for places to trail ride?? Thanks for the help.

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    New to the area looking for places to ride? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomCat81 View Post
    New to the area looking for places to ride? Thanks
    Hey TomCat, welcome to the area and board. Three of us hit up Blue Ridge last night and had a great ride. theNooch has been a clearing fool, and if you head up there, stop in and say hi.

    Here are a few screencaps from the ride last night. (Hosted on Flickr, so they don't disappear after a month...)









    And, updated pic of my bike, new pedals, stem and bars.


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    I hit Blue Ridge tonight. Rode Ziggyat (sp?) northeast from the parking lot. Started well, but then a road had been built ruining at least .5 mile of the old trail. Got back on singletrack at Heart's Content, which was good with the exception of one new road cutting through it. Then I connected to Slugfest. Couple areas lost to roads, but still a rideable trail. Tried NCCCC (or whatever it's called on the map). As of now, it's pretty much useless/gone, and I don't know how much of it will be salvageable after the logging. Tried to find the old trail over to Steaming Donk/Mud Bog Alley from NCCCC, but that seemed lost for now. I eventually just decided to backtrack and do an out and back.

    Word was the logging would not affect the trails, and all routes would be put back in proper order. That's not going to happen, but I was impressed at some of the sections of trails that had been logged, and the trail was in good shape. However, I am shocked at the size and scope of the operation. They have built so many new roads in there I lost my bearing a number of times. These are trails I knew backwards and forwards, and I was somewhat lost. A lot of trail will be lost forever to new roads. What was once pristine "Return of the Jedi" rainforest is now clear-cut. The State/County has got to pay the bills, but man they are really cleaning house out there.

    Has anyone ridden Danny Boy or Miller's Madness lately? If so, how are things looking?

    With most all of Winchester Trails closed/lost to logging--looks like many of those trails are done for good--the riding is getting even slimmer around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    As of now, it's pretty much useless/gone, and I don't know how much of it will be salvageable after the logging. Tried to find the old trail over to Steaming Donk/Mud Bog Alley from NCCCC, but that seemed lost for now.
    It's there, called Steinnen, but hard to find and a spur road has covered the entrance. I have walked all the trails by now and ridden most of them. It would have been nice if the BLM had cut out all the spurs away from the trails, but they actually laid some right over the paths of trails...bummer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Word was the logging would not affect the trails, and all routes would be put back in proper order. That's not going to happen
    If you rode Slugfest (my personal favorite for the view) then you should realize that the trails must be restored and cleared when the thinning operations are finished. It will be different, as many trails have been dissected by spur roads, but when all is said and done, it is the BLM's intention to have a great trail system again.

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    Has anyone ridden Danny Boy or Miller's Madness lately? If so, how are things looking?
    Miller's is pretty screwed at the moment, I couldn't even walk it. Lactic Acid (has that Rain Forrest appeal) has not been touched yet (but will be soon) and is passable but needs TLC. Danny Boy requires some packing of your bike to overcome down trees.

    I will P.M. you my digits. I missed you yesterday, but have a friend coming up at 3pm today to ride.

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    Hey Nooch, I looked around a bit, but I didn't see your camp set-up. Thanks for the info. on Miller's and Danny Boy. Those are my two favorite sections, along with NCCCC, but they are all jacked right now. I like Slugfest a lot, and know the view you are talking about. That section is where I noticed the crews were taking some care to salvage the trails. But they should have taken more care with some of the roads. I would guess they think they did the best they could.

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    Looks like a sweet place. If anybody wants some company sometime hit me up.

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    Hey all if anybody is going out to Blue ridge and has room for another bike I would love to go. I am able to work on trails or ride almost anytime. I've got gas money for anybody that can go I live in coos bay. PM me. Thanks
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    Looking for good trails on the coast.

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    Good to see riders doing work on the coast. I am the president of RVMBA in Medford and I frequently visit North Bend to see family. To say the least riding on the coast is hard to come by which is a shame because there is so much terrain. And I love coastal riding in the wet root infested trails. I usually drive up to Cape Perpetua to ride when I'm in town,I find it to be the best riding within decent driving distance from the inlaws. I wish there was more options closer to the bay. Have any of you guys thought of forming a mountain bike advocacy group and working with land managers to expand the opportunities out there ?

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    I would be interested in helping out where I can. I think one of the problems we face is there aren't enough riders in the area. I've been riding here for 5 years and have seen other bikes on local trails exactly one time. I don't know how many people it would take to get anything accomplished.

    I don't know the specific history, but one of our local trail networks, Winchester Trails, got built through a collaboration between atv/motorcyclists and bikers. They were built on logging land, and are constantly facing closures. This summer at least 5 miles of the trails were completely destroyed. I think in order to get anything accomplished we might have to bring together motorcyclists, horse riders, and mountain bikers. In other parts of the state that would be considered an impossible coalition. In Coos County, that might be the only way.

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    Blue Ridge

    I have come to the conclusion that Blue Ridge shall remain my personal playground while I am living up here. I can count on one hand the number of local riders that have been up here...in fact, I have had more out of state/country folks riding up here than locals. I am at a loss as for why? I have been to Moe's in North Bend and down to South Coast bike shop in Bandon trying to get riders up here before the rains begin... no luck.

    In any case, in the last couple weeks I have have visitors from Montana, New Zealand, New Hampshire, and Denmark...all of whom really couldn't believe how nice the open trails are and why no one wants to ride up here. I understand the trails are "technically" closed, but in the last two weeks I have opened up Stienman, Doughnut, Slugfest, NCCC, Steaming Donkey, Ziggyaut, and I am in the process of clearing Danny Boy. It's a good work out packing a chainsaw for miles and clearing logs...and the winds we had a couple weeks ago blew down a few trees.

    I will admit that my motives are not 100% mountain bike, as I also ride a KTM, and you can't easinly lift a dirt bike over a 26" log, but there are now about 10 miles of single track cleared for riding. The fog that plagues the coast and valleys does NOT cover this 1700ft coastal ridge and every day is sunny up here...for now.

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    Nooch, thanks so much for all the work you're doing. Is the BLM paying you at all? They should. For clarification, when I rode out there a couple months ago, NCCCC was open only a fraction of the old trail. Not even a quarter from my estimation--at least riding over from Slugfest, but maybe I just hit a section of torn up trail/slash/downed trees and didn't realize more of the trail was clear. So is NCCCC open from Slugfest over to where you cross the road to connect to Stienman? If so, that means you have done just a ton of work. Also, have you cleared all of Jiggy/Ziggyaut? I tried riding from the parking area over towards the radio tower, but didn't get very far. From what I saw, to clear both of those trails you would really have to be hitting the work hard.

    I haven't been back out to Blue Ridge since because it's kind of a haul from Coos Bay when there wasn't so much to ride. All of both Ziggyaut and NCCCC cleared would change my mind. Again, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Nooch, thanks so much for all the work you're doing. Is the BLM paying you at all?
    Ha! Hell, my boss doesn't even pay me for any extra work I do...I just was tired of being here in the middle of a broken down trail system, and I finally realized no one was ever gonna help me.



    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    For clarification, when I rode out there a couple months ago, NCCCC was open only a fraction of the old trail. Not even a quarter from my estimation--at least riding over from Slugfest, but maybe I just hit a section of torn up trail/slash/downed trees and didn't realize more of the trail was clear. So is NCCCC open from Slugfest over to where you cross the rode to connect to Stienman? If so, that means you have done just a ton of work.
    Yes, you can now ride the whole big circle! All of NCCC is open, and yes, I had to cut around that huge slash pile and move the trail over! (it requires a dismount on a mountain bike, but NOT on my KTM) I have even cut into Stienman from the west side, so you ride 1/4 mile into the new spur road and enter the trail where I have painted the trees with 2 red X's...it's kind of hidden but that's how I wanted it.

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    Also, have you cleared all of Jiggy/Ziggyaut? I tried riding from the parking area over towards the radio tower, but didn't get very far.
    Yes, the south end of Ziggy is now open to the towers...you exit onto another spur gravel road, but there is no need to go further south, as my crew is logging there right now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    From what I saw, to clear both of those trails you would really have to be hitting the work hard.
    I have cut so many trees I have lost count...the wind really messed shiat up up here. A lot of walking and tossing limbs. But to tell you the truth, the work it took today to open up Danny Boy was the freakin' hardest! There was a 30ft x26" doug fir laying lengthwise on the trail. I had to borrow a real saw from our crew to move that bastard. Plus there were at least 20 trees laying cross the trail and numerous roots that needed attention. Danny Boy is now passable, but IMHO it's a very difficult trail with the clay and all. I rode half of it on the KTM in the dark after I finished moving that giant log out of the trail.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    I haven't been back out to Blue Ridge since because it's kind of a haul from Coos Bay when there wasn't so much to ride. All of both Ziggyaut and NCCCC cleared would change my mind. Again, thanks.
    Yes, it's exactly 13 miles from Fred Myers, and I understand that's a long haul. {sarc} But since I have been having some international and national visitors up here, (and they thought it was cool with logs all over the place) I decided to just get busy and get it done. I was actually content just riding the log roads on my mountain bike, but after I started racing through the trees on the KTM, my desires changed.

    Now every morning instead of just riding 6 miles out to the lookout/landing and back on the BLM road, I can ride Ziggy to Hearts, to Sluggo then NCCC...drop into Stienman cross around Doughnut then down Midway and exit back at the parking lot or exit out the more difficult Steaming Donkey! Then if feeling the need for more...head down Mud Bog and cross into Danny Boy (very extreme) and it leads right back to my camp.

    GET UP HERE WHILE IT'S STILL DRY!

    I am camped at the Y right west of the towers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theNooch View Post
    Yes, it's exactly 13 miles from Fred Myers, and I understand that's a long haul. {sarc}
    Ha! I deserve a bit of ribbing on that. It takes close to 45 minutes to drive from my doorstep to the parking area. That means 1-1.5 hours driving time due to winding roads. If I ride for a couple hours, then I'm approaching a 4 hour trip. I have a young child. My wife is pretty understanding up to three hours, but longer and she gets testy. Happy wife means more riding for me. Mad wife less. I wouldn't mind pissing her off if all the trails at Blue Ridge were open, but last time I was up there I could only ride less than 5 miles of single track. High risk, little reward. I'll come up and see all the work you've done soon.

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    My employer has asked me to move...it's sad to leave the Ridge, as I have just opened up so many trails, but I am gonna be over on the North Umpqua trail! My co-workers say there are a lot of people that ride over there, not just douche-nozzles that like to talk about riding. Fat Floyd is gonna take my place here...he neither rides, nor walks more than 20ft from his van...no more free trail maintenance up on the Ridge.

    Blue Ridge will always hold a place in my heart, speaking of which, a new logging crew just dropped 6 giant stumps on the west half of Hearts Content...I was gonna have them moved on Monday, but I'm gonna be gone.

    Perhaps I return some day and find people actually using the trails up here...nah, that is just a dream...

    I look forward to starting a new NU thread.


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    Your work was appreciated. I've been riding the area trails for 5 years. I've only seen other mountain bikers once. And I ride 4-5 times per week, year round. Clear trail when I encounter issues that I can handle alone. Careful with your insults. Good luck on the NUT.

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