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    if you were planning a trip to oregon for approx 6-7 days and you wanted to ride everyday until your legs were cooked, what would be the 6-7 trails that are must ride? is there enough in the bend area to sustain such a trip? any info would be greatly appreciated

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    That really depends on how long it takes for your legs to be cooked!

    Yes, Bend could support such an endeavor:

    Smith Rock / Gray Butte
    Ochocos
    McKenzie River Trail
    Cascade Lakes / Lava-Edison
    Newberry Rim trail
    2 solid days to ride half of the Bend Local name droppers

    Hook up with Cog Wild so your time is well spent on the best stuff.

    Within two hours of Bend:
    Definitely Oakridge (AT LEAST three solid days riding there, Just do MBO)
    Umpqua Trail (80 miles)
    Fremont Nat'l Trail if you've got the moxy (175 miles)

    Time of year matters, too. Some of the above best between July - October.

    Good luck.
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    In regards to Bend, I'll bite my tongue and just say...There is more to Oregon than just Bend.

    I'd spend a little time around Hood River, worth at least 1-2 days.

    Oakridge is a must, worth at least 2 days.

    Last summer I made a trip out to Lagrande (Eastern Oregon). You most likely wont find much info on it, but it's pretty nice.

    Looks like you are from Pennsylvania, If you're coming from that far away, you can't pass up Mt St Helens.

    Here's a trip suggestion for you next summer...

    Helens Fest over the weekend of 7/9 through 7/11 then split your time between Hood River and Bend midweek, then MBO the next weekend, 7/16 through 7/18. I don't think anybody could find a flaw in this trip, other than money.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
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    Helens Fest over the weekend of 7/9 through 7/11 then split your time between Hood River and Bend midweek, then MBO the next weekend, 7/16 through 7/18. I don't think anybody could find a flaw in this trip, other than money.
    OHM nailed it. Personally I get tired of Bend's dust after a couple days, although there is some great stuff to ride there, and I absolutely love the town.

    Slowdave, the time of year you come will have a lot to do with recommendations, so you might want to fill us in on that. Oregon's weather changes a lot from season to season, and the high country (ie the good stuff) might still be covered in snow when you arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan

    Helens Fest over the weekend of 7/9 through 7/11 then split your time between Hood River and Bend midweek, then MBO the next weekend, 7/16 through 7/18. I don't think anybody could find a flaw in this trip, other than money.

    Sign me up!!!!
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    Dang!!! I may just them both myself.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Dang!!! I may just them both myself.
    I would, except I'll be Puffin' 7/11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    I would, except I'll be Puffin' 7/11.

    --Sparty
    I'd be at the Puff this year too, but already commited to helping at Helens Fest.

    Still planning to get ya that email by the way.
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    wow, thanks for all the input, great start to planning. will probably be coming out in summer of'10 as one of the guys is a teacher, most likely july-august. have a friend in portland so would probably start there. my interest in bend has alot to do with Deschutes brewing love their stuff. also i'm guessing it would be a major haul to go ride the new Nocal trail Paradise. again thanks for all the info

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    I believe all Cog Wild tours include free Deschutes Brewery beer. There's five other brew pubs here, too.

    It's really hard to go wrong anywhere in Oregon, there's tons of goods. It would take a lifetime... nevermind.

    :-)

    Enjoy your trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowdave
    i'm guessing it would be a major haul to go ride the new Nocal trail Paradise. again thanks for all the info

    It's 6+ hours to Paradise trails from Eugene. Add 1-2 hours for Portland and Bend. Subtract 2 hours for Ashland.

    Deschutes Brewery is great, but when you come to Oregon, you have to try some of the options as well. There's too many good breweries around here for brand loyalty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    ... There's too many good breweries around here for brand loyalty!
    I'll drink to this. Seriously, I will. Deschutes is good stuff, but just wait 'til you try Eugene's Ninkasi or Oakshire... as Sas said, there are too many other awesome brews here to focus on one. Oregon... great beer everywhere. It's freakin' amazing.

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    Mmm...beeeerrrrrrr

    When in Portland, stop by Hopwerks, all organic brew and a bike friendly place. I second the Ninkasi brew also. The PNW has the best beer, biking, and coffee.

    From Portland you'll need to drive to the goods: Tillamook, Hood River, and St. Helens.
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    Don't forget Stevenson, WA. Access to the Old Man Pass/Falls Creek trails & Walking Man Brewery when the ride's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon
    Don't forget Stevenson, WA. Access to the Old Man Pass/Falls Creek trails & Walking Man Brewery when the ride's over.
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    you guys are killing me with all this bike and beer info, wonder if i can get the wife and kids to move back to the west coast, thanks

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    great trails...great beer I think we should pack up the families and just move Dave!

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    I'll drink to this. Seriously, I will. Deschutes is good stuff, but just wait 'til you try Eugene's Ninkasi or Oakshire... as Sas said, there are too many other awesome brews here to focus on one. Oregon... great beer everywhere. It's freakin' amazing.
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    Ninkasi is awesome.

    Also Terminal Gravity from Enterprise, now on tap in Bend at Brother Jon's Pub. :-)

    I grew up in Philly and moved here 20 years ago. Now I'm a certified beer/bikes/coffee snob! Careful what you wish for.

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    Man... all the bases covered already. I'm in Portland or Eugene, depending on work and play, so when you get a better idea of your schedule, I can help with ideas.

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    Coffe, yes ...

    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    When in Portland, stop by Hopwerks, all organic brew and a bike friendly place. I second the Ninkasi brew also. The PNW has the best beer, biking, and coffee.

    From Portland you'll need to drive to the goods: Tillamook, Hood River, and St. Helens.
    Hydro: I agree on the coffee part ...
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    Good point

    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon
    Don't forget Stevenson, WA. Access to the Old Man Pass/Falls Creek trails & Walking Man Brewery when the ride's over.
    I did that ride last summer for the first time. Sweet! And the trail is good, too.

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    Crap!! I saw beer and had to bite here too. What a sucker.......
    Ya as Davey pointed out, tell us of the real dates and we'll fill ya in. If you really are from the east...or at least ridin' there now, I would understand the strong feeling for Deschutes. They have done their marketing well, and gotten themselves out east.....I'll give them that...but worth checking them out as part of the tour? probably not. They have a brew house in Portland now, check 'em out when you arrive and then start sampling what you don't get back home. WAY too many other breweries to do. OHMs ride schedule looks pretty appealing right about now.....man do we ever have it good here, but remember to only tell who you yourself would ride with .

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    looks like we are shooting for july 12-20 which would mean we will sign up for MBO at oakridge that weekend, right now these dates look pretty solid, still can't believe my wife said yes so quickly
    and yes i know deshutes is not the only one out there but i have yet to find it in my corner of PA and i promise to do my best to imbibe as many beers as i can find from all above mentioned brewers

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    Map of NW Brew Pubs

    Here's a good website:

    http://placemapper.com/maps/brewmap.htm

    Difficult to say whether there's more trail heads for mountain biking than brew pubs in the NW or vice-versa.

    Your dates are good but I'd warn you there will be mosquitoes in the high country, especially around the Cascade Lakes area. Waldo Lake (on the way between Bend and Oakridge) is an epic but you won't want to stop much to enjoy the scenery.

    "“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by sans soucie
    Here's a good website:

    http://placemapper.com/maps/brewmap.htm

    Difficult to say whether there's more trail heads for mountain biking than brew pubs in the NW or vice-versa.

    Your dates are good but I'd warn you there will be mosquitoes in the high country, especially around the Cascade Lakes area. Waldo Lake (on the way between Bend and Oakridge) is an epic but you won't want to stop much to enjoy the scenery.


    That map is missing alot of breweries. It doesn't show Ninkasi, Oakshire, Block Fifteen, Brewer's Union and Hop Valley (All located in Lane and Linn County)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    That map is missing alot of breweries. It doesn't show Ninkasi, Oakshire, Block Fifteen, Brewer's Union and Hop Valley (All located in Lane and Linn County)
    It's pretty out of date, it still lists Calapooia as Oregon Trading in Albany. And it's also missing the newer McMenamins in Corvallis. Also Siletz is now part of Calapooia so it's not in Siletz any more.

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    The beer garden @ MBO will get the job done.

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    Yeah, it's also missing 10 Barrel and Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend, but it's the most recent resource I could find. Show me a better one.
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    And it's missing Three Creeks in Sisters.

    For the best info on Oregon beers and events go to http://oregonbeer.org/

    They have an interactive map or check http://oregonbeer.org/breweries/

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    i think you guys like beer too, we have mosquitos here in the summer too like you said long as you keep moving, thanks again for all the info

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    +5,039 for 10 Barrel's (Bend brewery with some taps now pouring in PDX, I believe) Sinister Black Ale. Hoppy with malt and chocolate notes of a porter. Good stuff, for sure. Definitely try Ninkasi's Tricerahops and if you're in a store with a great selection of 22oz bombers, give Hair of the Dog Blue Spot IPA a go.

    Deschutes Bond Street Editions are out, too. Definitely recommend the Black Butte XXI. Well worth the $12 price tag.

    Oh, and the riding in Oregon is amazing in early-mid summer, but the trails just outside of Bend (Phil's Triangle) gets pretty dusty in July and August. The higher elevation stuff around the mountain is usually in great shape though.
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    a schedule opinion....

    I live in Portland, but if you want to ride some of the best stuff and have 6-7 days , I say start in Bend and definitely dont miss:
    -Tumalo Falls up to Mrazek to Flagline (after Aug 15) and down South Fork.
    -Phil's Complex (you can take it easy or go hard all day if its not too dusty)
    -COD, Storm King

    Have choice for the last 3-4 days: head Southwest of Bend 'or' north/northwest of Bend

    Southwest:
    -Waldo Lake trail
    Oakridge area:
    -Alpine Trail or Tire Mtn. and a quick one on Larison Rock.
    -Middle Fork or Heckletooth/Bunchgrass
    And if you have any left dont miss:
    North Umpqua Trail (especially the Dread & Terror section)

    If you wanna go North/Northwest:
    -McKenzie River Trail
    Mt. Hood area:
    -Knebal Springs/15 mile/8 mile
    -Dog River/Surveyor's Ridge
    About 1.5 hours from Hood River dont miss:
    -Ape Canyon to Plains of Abraham to Smith Creek

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    Holy Sh@$!

    THis is starting to sound like a must do trip in July 2010......SlowDave and OneGearGood.....hope you got room for more of us to join you!
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    well, the flights are booked , we are signed up for MBO, just have a few particulars to ask...traveling light so info about clothes tires etc for that time of year
    what will temps be like that time in july(12-20), will there be a chance of rain, i'm thinking Conti Mountain kings 2.4 for tires
    only thing left to do is book the U haul for our trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowdave
    well, the flights are booked , we are signed up for MBO, just have a few particulars to ask...traveling light so info about clothes tires etc for that time of year
    what will temps be like that time in july(12-20), will there be a chance of rain, i'm thinking Conti Mountain kings 2.4 for tires
    only thing left to do is book the U haul for our trip
    Always a chance of rain. But should be warm and possibly really hot, however, it could get very cold, especially if you are up at elevation in the evening/nighttime or early mornings.

    Not sure about those tires. Send them out to me and I will test them and let you know.

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    Mid July should be great. Rain would be highly unlikely (never impossible) and it will be warm if not hot. We get a few hot spells (over 85f) throughout the summer, but most days, temps will be in the 70's. Night time temps drop into the 50's.

    Most high country trails will be snow free, but the skeeters will be in full effect. Waldo lake area will require constant movement while out of a tent or car, as a flat tire or piss break could result in death from blood loss. MRT and NUT will be open, but the Poison Oak on NUT will be getting thick.
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    Conti MK 2.4's are da bomb for our softer dirt. I love them in tubeless.

    I'd pack the light shells in case of a drenching afternoon shower, otherwise shorts, etc.

    Journey safely!
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    trip is coming up fast wishing it was here as we are in the midst of a blizzard and trails are under a foot or so of snow,

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    I would reccomend comming from portland to drive down to roseburg on I5. Ride for 2 days on the North Umpqua Trail. (80 miles of epic singletrack that follows the river for 75% of the ride) Then continue the drive and it takes about another hour till your in Bend. Get in touch with Cog Wild in bend and let them take over the remainder of your trip!

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    thanks for the input, we'll consider that option for sure, we are thinking we might head to mt sthelens to ride there 1st then back down on hit places on our way to MBO

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