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    Current trail conditions Portland area Jan 2013

    Thought I would start a trail conditions thread for trails around Portland on a monthly basis. Trails like Browns Camp, Wilson River, Sandy Ridge, Growlers, Gorge etc...

    Please post up the conditions from your last local ride!


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    Stub Stewart is probably as wet as it will get. Not super sloppy, but the top layer of trail (especially with needles) is quite slippery. Makes riding a bit tough. I'd wait another couple days of dry before you're able to ride it hard.

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    We need some lower snow melt and drying, say anything below 1500'. Most of the good stuff is under the white stuff or is a patchy, muddy mess as of late Dec.
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    I'm interested to hear how Sandy Ridge is. Snow level and if it's become slippery.

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    I've heard Sandy is rideable, but slow/snowy. Growlers is good. Syncline is snowed in above the maui/moab junction, but melting. Should be good in a week.

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    Rode it from Ellowah Falls TH to Bonneville. Had to cut it short due to quite a bit of blowdown. I cleared as much as I could. The trail itself was in great shape. There may be less down East of where I rode. Fun, technical trail that holds up great in Winter with beautiful falls and views.
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    The Tarbell Trail vicinity is rocking right now...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Current trail conditions Portland area Jan 2013-ss.jpg  

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    @OHM: Silver Star?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    @OHM: Silver Star?
    Yep, This is from the summit and dropping onto the east side.

    This was on Saturday.
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    Anyone been to blackrock lately?

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    BR is prime, watch the wood, plankenstein took me for a ride a few weeks ago and my wrist ended up sprained so been digging more than riding lately, but dirt is damn near prrrfect this week, prob head out on tues for some shredding

    OHM- oh my that looks delicious, ive been slacking this year on the skiing, still have to mount up the skis for new boots... bike bug bit me hard this year but come next week its back to my first love on the slopes

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    OHM - I gotta say that is one impressive photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroRC Ed View Post
    OHM - I gotta say that is one impressive photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by broccoli rob View Post
    Anyone been to blackrock lately?
    Yep, hit it on Sunday as it was pretty close to prime time riding. Actually I give a double thumbs up as it is probably the best rolling trails right now in the whole state and perhaps the entire NW due to low snow all over the place. As of Sun it was snow free all the way to the top at 2000' with nice tacky tread all the way down. Only downer is the wood is a bit slippery, but can easily be avoided as needed. Trails are top notch and was pretty impressed since it has been almost 4yrs since I rode there last. So good, a couple of buddies went back down today as would as well but had to stay closer to home. This would be my ride of choice for the New Year if I could based on current conditions.

    Oh BTW, excellent shot OHM! Almost makes me want to take up snow sports again, almost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by free-agent View Post
    Rode it from Ellowah Falls TH to Bonneville. Had to cut it short due to quite a bit of blowdown. I cleared as much as I could. The trail itself was in great shape. There may be less down East of where I rode. Fun, technical trail that holds up great in Winter with beautiful falls and views.
    How long of a ride is this trail?

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    If you ride....

    the entire thing, 16 miles out and back. I've only ridden 3+ miles of the 8, and it was slow going with all of the down branches/trees. When cleared, it is a helluva trail. I'm always surprised that it doesn't get mentioned more. It could use more people riding it.
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    Browns Camp: foot of snow in the parking lot, encrusted with 4X4s.

    Stub Stewart: bit slippery in spots, but perfect everywhere except for a bit of mud at the bottom of the XC loop.
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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    FYI...I didn't snap the photo, but I am the subject in the photo.

    Here's a link to a TR from my ski partner.

    Silver Star ski trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    FYI...I didn't snap the photo, but I am the subject in the photo.

    Here's a link to a TR from my ski partner.

    Silver Star ski trip
    OHM,
    you always have a great slough of pics, these are really good and I wish that I was there to shred that pow! Nice work!

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    Does anyone have an update on the conditions of Sandy Ridge? Is there to much snow to ride it from the top? Looking ot get a ride in on Saturday.

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    North side of Scappy had a little shallow snow patches on New Years day, but all rideable. Trail is in good shape, but there are several trees down on the upper/higher trails.

    As of last Sunday, Growlers was in great shape up to the clear cut, then the snow got too deep. With the cold temps, I bet it's still not rideable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek View Post
    North side of Scappy had a little shallow snow patches on New Years day, but all rideable. Trail is in good shape, but there are several trees down on the upper/higher trails.

    As of last Sunday, Growlers was in great shape up to the clear cut, then the snow got too deep. With the cold temps, I bet it's still not rideable.
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    Davey! Long time no see!

    Happy New Year!
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    Went to BR today. Trails were pretty much perfect. Great day.

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    In case anyone was wondering what the top of Sandy Ridge looks like...

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