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    Best MTB vaction spot in Oregon? Bend??

    This is a cross post from the Oregon Board:
    4 of us are heading up for an MTB vacation 6/28-7/2. We are all very strong XC riders, good techncial skills etc. None have ever done any riding in Oregon and were just planning on staying In Bend and doing the Mckenzie river trail as welll as some other local stuff. I've read some posts about the oakridge area as well. Where is the best riding?? We only have 4 days to ride. Sure would appreciate some local expert advise. Please post or e-mail me [email protected]

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    to Bend is a good ride too. We shuttled it for a 25ish mile ride, but you could ride it out-and-back if you're tough enough.

    MacKenzie River is one of my all-time favorite rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    to Bend is a good ride too. We shuttled it for a 25ish mile ride, but you could ride it out-and-back if you're tough enough.

    MacKenzie River is one of my all-time favorite rides.

    ill second this "dont miss it" trail. man it was good. fast eddie foreground, kyezle across the bridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    This is a cross post from the Oregon Board:
    4 of us are heading up for an MTB vacation 6/28-7/2. We are all very strong XC riders, good techncial skills etc. None have ever done any riding in Oregon and were just planning on staying In Bend and doing the Mckenzie river trail as welll as some other local stuff. I've read some posts about the oakridge area as well. Where is the best riding?? We only have 4 days to ride. Sure would appreciate some local expert advise. Please post or e-mail me [email protected]

    Thanks for your help!
    Oakridge. Many more trails and types of trails and less crowded (as if Bend is crowded). Lots you can ride right from town. The Cascade Cream Puff 100 happens on the 27th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy©®™
    Oakridge. Many more trails and types of trails and less crowded (as if Bend is crowded). Lots you can ride right from town. The Cascade Cream Puff 100 happens on the 27th.
    What shiggy said. I am drinking to this as we speak. I live in Eugene but have been riding on both sides of the Cascades since '85.

    Much of Bend's lower singletrack will lie buired beneath a couple inches of talc dust before the end of June. There are some awesome higher elevation loops around Bend, like the Tumalo Falls/Farewell Loop or the RAB (Ride Around Bachelor) but I've attempted the latter as late as the 4th of July and been turned around due to lingering snowpack. Oregon just enjoyed a big snow season, so I wouldn't advise counting on the high stuff being open.

    Not to dis Bend by any means, but Oakridge is the way I'd go. IMO Bend is best in October, after a few autumn rainstorms have passed through thataway.

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    Oakridge

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy©®™
    Oakridge. Many more trails and types of trails and less crowded (as if Bend is crowded). Lots you can ride right from town. The Cascade Cream Puff 100 happens on the 27th.
    Thanks for the advise shiggy, where exactly is Oakridge compared to Bend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    to Bend is a good ride too. We shuttled it for a 25ish mile ride, but you could ride it out-and-back if you're tough enough.

    MacKenzie River is one of my all-time favorite rides.
    Did you do Mackenzie as an out back or a shuttle?

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    Rick, if you were are REAL man you would head up towards Mt. St. Helens and do the Huffman peak loop.

    Also up there is some great riding, Ape Cave, so I hear, and others. Just south of there is some fun stuff just East of Mt. Hood. Surveyors Ridge is a good 35 mile loop w/ great views.

    I second Oakridge, we were up there for 5 days last year, fun stuff, bring the singlespeed.

    I've only done Bend in the spring, when there was still snow on the ground, but it was still raining in Portland too.
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    Shuttle both times

    I've done it. Unfortunately both times I was coming or going, not staying. The first time we did it from the very top, above the lake, and rode about 25 miles. Last year we started just below the lake, where the trail crosses the hwy, and did about 14 miles, on the way up to barbie camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    Thanks for the advise shiggy, where exactly is Oakridge compared to Bend?
    Oakridge is on the west side of the Cascades on Hwy 58 about 40 miles southeast of Eugene. From Cali the fastest way there is to take Hwy 97 north to 58 (30ish miles south of Bend). Several reasonably priced, bike-friendly motels, plenty of places to camp and a nice place with cabins for rent << http://www.westfiroutpost.com >>. The 'Puff is based out of the Outpost during race week.
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    Bend is flat and the trails are boring, IMHO.

    I like the riding in Ashland and want to do the Umpqua and McKenzie River Trails.

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