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    Info on Blue Top fire on MRT

    Anyone have updates on the fire on Blue Top on the MRT? We are arriving on Sunday Aug 7th in Mckenzie Bridge from Utah for 3 days of riding.

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    MRT Closure

    The trail remains closed through the Blue Pool section. The fire is small, but only 5% contained. I'm guessing the closure will remain in effect for a whole. The FS tends to bevery conservative about closures.

    An out and back on the lower MRT to the closure and back would be fun, but definitely not the same experience as riding the entire trail.

    Don't discount King Castle, O'Leary and O'lallie. Great riding to be had there. You are also very close to Oakridge, which has endless riding opportunities right now.

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    Track it here:
    Willamette National Forest - News & Events

    Also regular updates and photos here:
    https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf/?fref=ts

    Pay attention to the status of the Aufderheide between McKenzie Bridge and Oakridge, BTW, as there is ongoing construction there that is just starting to open up.

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    Thanks for the replies. Still looking forward to some epic rides there.

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    My friends and I are arriving Tuesday for several days of riding in the Bend area. We were planning to ride the entire MRT as well (if the fire is contained). Is highway 20 closed between Bend and 126? Thanks for any info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tincan View Post
    Is highway 20 closed between Bend and 126? Thanks for any info!
    No. 126 is also open but likely to have delays due to equipment and traffic related to the fire effort.

    20 is closed west of 126, so if you try to head into the mid-valley you'll need to go south and west on 126 or north and west on 22.

    https://tripcheck.com

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    Darn it. Will be visiting next week and was hoping to ride MRT, and a family hike to the blue pool. Have keep checking the updates.

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    We are having a blast riding the trail from Trail Bridge down/up. There is still closure of Blue Pool, about a 6 mile section from Trail Bridge up. What is open is fun,fun,fun!

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