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    Winter is coming...... get those 44rd rides in NOW!

    Normally I stay quiet when things are this good..... but the trails on the 44 Rd are as good as they get right now... The usual suspects of 8-mile, Knebal, 15 mile and Lookout Mtn trails are in their best shape of the season. The amount of hunters has decreased and the KICK A$S trail crew (ran into them again today) have done just as much work this fall as they did in the spring.

    IF you ever see these guys out and about, buy em a beer, lunch or what ever, cause they do a REALLY great job and at times are under appreciated IMHO. Anyhow, they have burmmed up corners, trimmed, made water bars and created much needed flow in many areas. Rode 15 mile tonight and normally junky, woody, somewhat tight section (from the Lookout mtn jct to 15 mile campground) is hands down the best I have ever seen it.

    These trails will be closed by mother nature soon, so get it while its oh So GOOD!
    Not to mention wildlife is abundant..... saw the biggest black bear that I have ever encountered tonite on the lookout mtn trail.....

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    Thanks for the tip.

    Maybe Monday after Barbie Camp.

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    Trying to round up a group for 15 mile this weekend. Really looking forward to it.

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    Ah, but my favorite time of year around FR44 is just coming up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Ah, but my favorite time of year around FR44 is just coming up.
    Get out of here with your evil talk......

    It is impossible to ride powder without those silly sticks on your feet...
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    Wear your blaze orange. I would like to find a mesh orange helemt cover but all the ones I can find are meant for cold/rainy weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikekayakhike View Post
    Get out of here with your evil talk......

    It is impossible to ride powder without those silly sticks on your feet...

    Watch it...I have more videos and pics from skiing in this area.

    Plus, you've been riding to much anyway.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    How true! A big thank to the trail crew and Mr. Thornton for all their hard work. We did a Bottle Prairie TH/Outlook Mt tr/15mile tr loop, up road230/4420 to High Prairie. Finish was a nice downhill run down Rd4420 and Trail450/Outlook Mt tr on Sunday. Oh, forgot we squeesed in Eightmile trail outnback too. Awesome day.
    BTW We found some bear scat on Road 230 on Sunday...turds were 15" in length and as thick as my arm!!
    Not to mention wildlife is abundant..... saw the biggest black bear that I have ever encountered tonite on the lookout mtn trail.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    Ah, but my favorite time of year around FR44 is just coming up.
    OHM,

    Is that a pic on Hood? If so, care to share where that pow stash is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tymelero View Post
    OHM,

    Is that a pic on Hood? If so, care to share where that pow stash is?

    -T
    Sure...The location of the above pic is very close to these. I wont share the location on a public forum, but I will say, the riding around these pictures is ALMOST as good as the skiing.

    PM me some time, I'm always looking for new people to ski with in the BC.
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    Yeah, we saw his scat on road 230 last Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lil'stink View Post
    Wear your blaze orange. I would like to find a mesh orange helemt cover but all the ones I can find are meant for cold/rainy weather.
    Try a mesh hardhat cover. Available at any industrial safety supply store, typically for less than $10.
    Whining is not a strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    Try a mesh hardhat cover. Available at any industrial safety supply store, typically for less than $10.
    Great idea ! I wear my S & M jersey a lot this time of year.
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    Will be there next weekend for the annual Halloween ride just before it starts to snow. Knebal is great this time of year. The fall colors are in full force out there right now. Amazing.

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    For all who love how well Jim Thornton takes care of the trail system up on Road 44, he is hosting a work party up there next Saturday, October 29. Meet at 8:30 at Dirty Fingers Bike Shop in Hood River, or drive yourself to Little John Sno-Park (base of Road 44) at 9:30. Bring tools and a hard hat or bike helmet. Lunch will be provided.

    Jim always appreciates a good turnout for these. It puts him in a good mood to get going as early as possible the next spring on opening these great trails.

    Hope to see a good crowd up there, the larch should be on fire by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    For all who love how well Jim Thornton takes care of the trail system up on Road 44, he is hosting a work party up there next Saturday, October 29. Meet at 8:30 at Dirty Fingers Bike Shop in Hood River, or drive yourself to Little John Sno-Park (base of Road 44) at 9:30. Bring tools and a hard hat or bike helmet. Lunch will be provided.

    Jim always appreciates a good turnout for these. It puts him in a good mood to get going as early as possible the next spring on opening these great trails.

    Hope to see a good crowd up there, the larch should be on fire by then.

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    It's on my calendar.

    I was surprised by the amount of fresh blowdown on Knebal yesterday. We had to climb over 5-6 trees and there was evidence of a number of others that had been recently cut. But it was a beautiful ride! Luckily we brought a lot of extra clothes -- it was almost balmy when we left HR, but it was 40 deg. at the trailhead!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    For all who love how well Jim Thornton takes care of the trail system up on Road 44, he is hosting a work party up there next Saturday, October 29. Meet at 8:30 at Dirty Fingers Bike Shop in Hood River, or drive yourself to Little John Sno-Park (base of Road 44) at 9:30. Bring tools and a hard hat or bike helmet. Lunch will be provided.

    Jim always appreciates a good turnout for these. It puts him in a good mood to get going as early as possible the next spring on opening these great trails.

    Hope to see a good crowd up there, the larch should be on fire by then.

    Tom
    I am really bummed about having to miss this workday, I have really been looking forward to a group effort up there. I will be out of the area for work and really hope to join the next trail workday up there (probably next spring since it seems we are already riding on borrowed time up there right now). I have saws, and two bob trailers for the Spring trail clearing day..... just let me know when.

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    Surveyor's Ridge

    My wife and I rode Surveyors on Saturday. The trail was in great shape. The riding was fantastic. Nice to see the weather so awesome at the end of October.

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    P.S. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the trail workers who maintain these. I need to get my MTB saddle sittin' ass out and help out!

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    Yep, Sat was an epic day for riding in the hills as far as weather and conditions go for sure. I could have yesterday's weather for me everyday for the rest of my life (for riding). Perfect riding temps on the east side of the mt. at least.
    Ride On!

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    Wow, trails look nice. I've skied knee deep powder at Mt Hood Meadows several times over the years on Halloween weekend, but this weekend was just corn.

    Saturday was a beautiful day to be in the mountains whether on snow or dirt, I chose snow.
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    Top of the Palmer or was this at Meadows?

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    Top of Palmer.

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    Couple of my friends were up there on saturday afternoon. Said the snow was great. Ski season sooooon

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    Quote Originally Posted by tymelero View Post
    Top of the Palmer or was this at Meadows?
    As Letsgo said, It is indeed the top of the Palmer. Pulled off two top to bottom laps on perfect corn.
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    Sounds like some snow is going to cover the trails by the end of the week. Nonetheless, summer was slow to come but once it did it really was a great riding season.

    I'm going to do some cross country skiing this year--maybe back country. I have ridden my arse off this year! Great year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo View Post
    Sounds like some snow is going to cover the trails by the end of the week. Nonetheless, summer was slow to come but once it did it really was a great riding season.

    I'm going to do some cross country skiing this year--maybe back country. I have ridden my arse off this year! Great year.
    Mrs. Kosmo and I were up there today and rode 8-Mile and 450 up to the start of 15-Mile.

    Trails were perfect, but frozen rock hard with little dustings of snow up top, where it was about 27 degrees at noon! The larch were all vibrant yellow, and it was a good ride to end the true "mountain" part of the mtb season (since it sounds like snow will hit for real on Wednesday/Thursday).
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    [QUOTE=kosmo;8588603]Mrs. Kosmo and I were up there today and rode 8-Mile and 450 up to the start of 15-Mile.

    We hit it last Sunday. Rode Surveyor's Ridge, Dakine, Bottle Prairie, Eightmile, Knebal Springs and returned on SR. Light showers off and on, but tree cover is dense enough that we stayed fairly dry all day.

    Bear scat pic is from two weeks ago near the Trail 450/Rd230 junction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttrd View Post
    Normally I stay quiet when things are this good..... but the trails on the 44 Rd are as good as they get right now... The usual suspects of 8-mile, Knebal, 15 mile and Lookout Mtn trails are in their best shape of the season. The amount of hunters has decreased and the KICK A$S trail crew (ran into them again today) have done just as much work this fall as they did in the spring.

    IF you ever see these guys out and about, buy em a beer, lunch or what ever, cause they do a REALLY great job and at times are under appreciated IMHO. Anyhow, they have burmmed up corners, trimmed, made water bars and created much needed flow in many areas. Rode 15 mile tonight and normally junky, woody, somewhat tight section (from the Lookout mtn jct to 15 mile campground) is hands down the best I have ever seen it.

    These trails will be closed by mother nature soon, so get it while its oh So GOOD!
    Not to mention wildlife is abundant..... saw the biggest black bear that I have ever encountered tonite on the lookout mtn trail.....
    Fifteenmile trail on Oct. 15th.
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    This has to be the last weekend or 44 stuff-

    It's going to be cold but one might still get a good ride in....

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    Let's hope. I want to get one or two in before boarding season starts.

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    [QUOTE=OffRoadRoadie;8591357]
    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    Mrs. Kosmo and I were up there today and rode 8-Mile and 450 up to the start of 15-Mile.

    We hit it last Sunday. Rode Surveyor's Ridge, Dakine, Bottle Prairie, Eightmile, Knebal Springs and returned on SR. Light showers off and on, but tree cover is dense enough that we stayed fairly dry all day.

    Bear scat pic is from two weeks ago near the Trail 450/Rd230 junction.
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    Rode it today, there is a slight dusting of snow in a few places, but everything is really dry.

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    I am new to the area and keep hearing about this place, can anyone tell me how to get there from portland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outrnm View Post
    I am new to the area and keep hearing about this place, can anyone tell me how to get there from portland?

    I'm pretty new myself, just decided I had to go check it out before its too late and have to wait until next July.

    This is what I have learned about it so far, someone feel free to correct me where I'm wrong
    Its about 1.5-2 hrs drive east of Portland, just on the east side of Mt. Hood. It spurs off of hwy 35, approx 30 miles South of Hood River, the road goes by many names; National forest development Rd 44, Durfur Mill Rd, Camp Baldwin Rd. There are numerous trailheads on the road, all around 5,000' elevation.

    I tried out the 8 mile trail, which is only 6 miles long, found it very beginner friendly. There were several great views, but it was smooth and straight enough that you could ride it on a CX bike. Knebal Springs trail leaves from the same spot, ~9 miles, it was a little more challenging and had some pretty good flow on the descents. A FS bike wouldn't be overkill if you like going down fast. There were several no trespassing signs and some inadequately marked intersections that left me questioning whether I was going in the right direction, but it all worked out. A couple of the climbs provided a stiff challenge, 1x9 with a 32t got me up everything, but there were several times when a granny would have been...comfortable.

    Unfortunately the news reports that Mt. Hood got 4" of snow last night, not sure how rideable the trails are after that, others with more knowledge of the area will have to chime in about that, but given my inexperience I don't plan to head back this year.

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    Thanks for the info, will have to wait till spring i guess. Sandy ridge should be good for a while still i am thinking? I am on a 2x9 FS bike so i am pretty much discovering anything and everything.

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    there might be a dusting but any sun or warmer temps will melt that off quick this time of year. But that is all going to change soon with any luck. Take warmer clothes to put on. Check the traffic cam on government pass. Looks like a light dusting as of this AM.

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    Keep in mind Govy is 3900', and Knebal/8-mile TH is around 5000'.

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    did not know that. Then in that case check out the Timberline web cams along with the govie ones. Split the difference and you can get a good idea. At any rate you most likely only have a week or two left.

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    ODOT has a pretty good web site with links to Camaras and weather stations.

    Mt Hood Area

    The most relevant weather station to the FR44 area would be Bennett Pass.
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    Is anyone going to risk going out there tomorrow?

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    I think were are going to be relegated to lower elevations
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