Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Old & slow
    Reputation: kayakerjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    92

    Dispersed Camping for a Large Group

    Can any one suggest some ideas for a place to do some dispersed camping with a large group in the Mt. Bachelor area? We are coming down in Aug so I'm not concerned about snow. I'm looking for place where we can sleep that will have room for lots of tents. Don't worry, we won't trash your favorite place. We will take care of the area. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Dude, got any schwag?
    Reputation: TheSchwagman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    792
    I think a good bet is the 3 creek area even though it's on the Sisters side. For camping, you got wide open spots with amazing views, plus easy access to the lake, and it has park service style toilet facilities. For provisions, it's an easy drive down to Sisters. For mtn biking, it's just off the edge of Bend's trail system on the south side, but high up, with easy access to Peterson ridge, Metolius-Windigo and Mrazec trails. And if you have capable vehicles, you can fire road down into the Pubs and other activities in Bend.
    Billy

    Speed is sweet, it's like an avenue to
    ... Shredtopia!

  3. #3
    What day are we riding?
    Reputation: Rockin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,074
    How many is a lot?

  4. #4
    Old & slow
    Reputation: kayakerjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    92
    It could be up to 50 people. And most will be hiking so easy access to mountain biking trails is not important.

  5. #5
    Dude, got any schwag?
    Reputation: TheSchwagman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    792
    Three Creeks is right on the edge of wilderness, but not sure if there's access to good hiking after the fire last year.
    Billy

    Speed is sweet, it's like an avenue to
    ... Shredtopia!

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    61
    That's a big group. would think that size would require FS permit. How about Wanoga Snow park. Right in the Bend trail system. No water though.

  7. #7
    highly visible
    Reputation: GlowBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    3,177
    I know of a large group that meets regularly on the Deschutes National Forest. From what I am able to understand, the cutoff for a FS permit is 75 people, and this particular group tries to stay under that number.

    I don't think you'd want to be at a Sno-Park though. My guess is that would be considered a developed site. My limited understanding of Forest Circus parlance is that "dispersed site" refers to a spot out in the woods away from any developments other than the FS road itself.
    "People like GloyBoy are deaf. They are partisan, intellectually lazy & usually very angry." -Jaybo

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Cog Wild's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    746
    I would recommend checking in with the Forest Service since they have come up with new parameters for dispersed camping to help stop random campsites from continuing to pop-up all over the place. The office in Bend is staffed by some knowledgeable people who answer the phone and can help you. Considering they have just spent time marking where most dispersed sites currently are, they might know of some hunting sites that us mountain bikers don't think of. I would also research where Barbie Camp (search past posts on this forum) have camped since they normally have a decent size group.
    You might want to look at some campgrounds that are not so close to Bend and therefore are not as popular, such as Little Cultus Lake, where you can take over many spots and it won't be a problem. Just note that early August is still mosquito season up in the hills around Mt Bachelor and can be interesting at certain times of the day.
    And a request from those of us who spend a lot of time in the woods around Mt Bachelor, please make sure to order porta-potties or have the right bathroom facilities to ensure you do not leave a mess once your group has left, the locals thank you for that..
    have fun!
    Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours
    Sponsored by Deschutes Brewery!!

Similar Threads

  1. Large Group Incident - Fairfax
    By Fairfaxian in forum California - Norcal
    Replies: 111
    Last Post: 02-14-2013, 02:18 PM
  2. Eagle Dispersed Camping?
    By steadyflow in forum Colorado - Western Slope
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-17-2012, 09:03 AM
  3. Dispersed camping - Black Hills
    By scout in forum Great Plains - OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-23-2012, 07:58 AM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-28-2011, 12:39 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •