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    New question here. Must-do rides for the fourth?

    The wife and I moved to the portland area last summer. But with her being pregnant and moving into a new house we didn't really get out to explore all the great riding I've been hearing about. Spend a lot of time around Hood River and St Helens (which is pretty fun, btw). We've got some friends coming out June 24-July 4 and are looking at hitting as many of the must-do rides as possible. Would appreciate any specific trail suggestions, especially for that time of year. Some of the areas I am thinking about are:

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg
    The wife and I moved to the portland area last summer. But with her being pregnant and moving into a new house we didn't really get out to explore all the great riding I've been hearing about. Spend a lot of time around Hood River and St Helens (which is pretty fun, btw). We've got some friends coming out June 24-July 4 and are looking at hitting as many of the must-do rides as possible. Would appreciate any specific trail suggestions, especially for that time of year. Some of the areas I am thinking about are:

    Bend
    Oakridge
    McKenzie River Trail
    Black Rock
    You could spend your entire time in Bend or Oakridge, MRT is a must do on most people's list, best done during the week to avoid the masses I haven't been to Black Rock, so no comment there.

    Pick your location and go from there, we will post the rides.

    BTW, June 25th is the Cascade Cream Puff 100 mile mtb race in Oakridge, on probably one of the most popular trails in the area called Alpine Trail.
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    Yeah, I was reading about the alpine trail on the mt. bike oregon site. That is definitely in my sights for this summer. Would love to hit the festival in Aug, but having an infant, I'm not sure thats the best weekend.

    So, assume we're gonna ride Bend and Oakridge. What are the recommended rides for mid-summer?

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    If I were planning a trip coming from Portland....

    1st day MRT, if you have two cars a shuttle is the funest way to do it, top to bottom. If 1 car, than either an out and back or ride up the hwy for a ways then back down the trail.

    Then off to Oakridge, go over the Aufderhiede, from McKenzie to Westfir, only 60 miles.

    Then it depends on if you mind climbing gravel roads or not.

    Moon Point if it is open, clear of snow and cleared of trees. 10 mile climb, 7 mile singletrack descent.

    Middle Fork Trail. similar to MRT, just a little more rustic as it doesn't see the use.

    Flat Creek/Salmon Creek loop, short 6 miles of climbing, 4 mile descent & 4 1/2 miles of river trail. Fun intermediatte loop.

    Heckletooth. Solid 6 mile gravel climb, 2 or so miles on singletrack climbing, then some fun, tight and twisty singletrack descent.

    Larison Creek or Rock, both great trails.

    Then maybe off to Bend, I don't know the names of all the trails there but I can tell you Merazik (sp?), Phill's network and Smith Rock are all my favorites.

    The best bet for Oakridge trails is to post a little closer to end of June, see where the snow is at and what has been cleared. Currently our club, The Disciples of Dirt, have cleared pretty much everything below the snow line, which is about 3800' in Oakridge.
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    Good job! Damn!

    That was quite a mouthful! Thanks for the suggestions. We'll prob go in reverse order, starting in Bend or Oakridge (friends are driving up from Salt Lake) and finish up on the MRT. Sounds like a good mix - we're really looking forward to checking out some new areas. Hard to believe we've been here a year and haven't gone south of salem yet.

    Is it fairly easy to find dispersed camping in oakridge and bend? Or, better to reserve a site? Again, many many thanks for all the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg
    That was quite a mouthful! Thanks for the suggestions. We'll prob go in reverse order, starting in Bend or Oakridge (friends are driving up from Salt Lake) and finish up on the MRT. Sounds like a good mix - we're really looking forward to checking out some new areas. Hard to believe we've been here a year and haven't gone south of salem yet.

    Is it fairly easy to find dispersed camping in oakridge and bend? Or, better to reserve a site? Again, many many thanks for all the suggestions.
    I've never had good luck with disperse camping in Bend, but then again I don't camp there a lot....

    Oakridge, there is lot's of options, both disperse and pay. We are working on a new site just East of Oakridge that will be pretty cool for outdoor recreation folks. Not sure how far along it will be by the time you come through.

    The reason I suggested MRT then Oakridge was Oakridge is harder than Bend when it comes to riding in most cases. But either way works.

    Who know's, there may be some local DOD'ers willing to show you around a day or two, and if your in Oakridge on Wed and bring your lights we frequent that area.
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    Very cool. Thanks again for the info. Really looking forward to Oakridge - it sounds like the bomb.

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    As a former Bendite (Bendian?), I will be moving back thursday after an 8 year absence. I cannot emphasize enough the quality of the Treadmaps for the Bend area. They also make maps of the Oakridge area.

    Their maps can be found at Powell's books, and also can be ordered online.

    I'd tell you my favorites, but I'm just a little bit "protective" of them. The aforementioned map should clue you in, however.

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    I might be up for a ride in Bend around the 24th - 25th. Should be around that weekend. You can pretty much take your pick as to what type of riding you want, from shuttles to long loops.

    And it is spelled Mrazek...one of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer
    As a former Bendite (Bendian?), I will be moving back thursday after an 8 year absence. I cannot emphasize enough the quality of the Treadmaps for the Bend area. They also make maps of the Oakridge area.

    Their maps can be found at Powell's books, and also can be ordered online.

    I'd tell you my favorites, but I'm just a little bit "protective" of them. The aforementioned map should clue you in, however.
    Personally I would stay away from the Treadmap for the Oakridge area. The trails are on there but the guy has no clue in how to ride them and sends most people on the rides with bad route suggestions. Just my opinion though....
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    Can you recommend a map/guidebook for Oakridge?

    Also, whats the riding like South of bend and Oakridge? Looking at the treadmaps site, there were maps for ashland and a couple of other places I haven't heard of. We'll prob stick to Bend and Oakridge for this trip, but is it worth the drive for next time?

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    The old Lane County ride guide works, but they are out of print. Our local club has been working on one for the past couple years without much success in getting things doen

    A good forest service map, some local knowladge and you are good.

    The TreadMaps aren't terrible but they lack a lot of information on our trails and suggest out and backs on a lot of trails that are better as loops. Unless you like to climb 10-15% singletrack grades all day long.

    There is some great riding down in Ashland and Medford area, Roseburg has the 70 mile Umpqua trail that is more epic then MRT. Directly south of Bend there are some good rides as well.
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    If you would like to hit Black Rock, anytime, PM me or post on http://brmba.org, or http://www.santiambicycle.com/. I or someone else will be willing to give you a guided tour.

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    I am available as an escort

    I can make myself available to guide you and your friends around the Oakridge trails on the 24th thru the 27th. After that, I am headed to SLC for a couple of weeks.

    I would appreciate some escorts when I am in SLC. I don't have any cycling contacts in SLC. I much prefer to ride with people than by myself.

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    Wow, I'm really blown away by all the great feedback on this forum! Thanks for all the info and offers to ride. Once we have our itinerary down, I'll post back or pm to see if it'll work.

    Dirtydown - I can try to hook you up with some folks to ride with in SLC. I lived there for 10 years and can at the very least give you very good beta. Are you more xc or fr oriented? PM me and I'll hook you up.

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