Trail Conditions

Waldo Lake

by Olivia Smoody on July 23, 2015

For anyone looking to ride around Waldo Lake you have a green light.  The Forest Service cleared the 242 trees that came down over the winter and the bug level is very low.

Enjoy!

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Is This Really February???

by Olivia Smoody on February 17, 2015

Today is February 16th and it feels like June.  The weather has been amazing and it doesn’t look like it has any intention letting up on the shower of sunshine.  While this is bad news for those skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts among us, it is great news for anyone who doesn’t want to put their bike away at any point in the year.

Trails are in great shape and snow levels are very high, if you want to ski you will need to climb up Diamond Peak and you will need to do that soon.  Alpine can be ridden in its entirety with zero threat of snow.  I have reports of trees down on several of the trails which is common this time of year, most notably are Alpine and Heckletooth, trees are cleared on an ongoing basis.  Dead Mountain is riding very well with minimal foliage littering the trail.  So call in sick and come ride with us!

(Disclaimer:  The suggestion to call in sick was a sarcastic one, the shop should not be held responsible for anyone actually calling in sick just to ride in Oakridge…but we couldn’t really blame anyone either)

Remember…if it’s not broke…go ride it…and if it is, bring it to us so we can fix it!

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Snow?

by Olivia Smoody on December 25, 2014

On the Island of Oahu there is a beach in Waianae at the end of dirt road.  It is very secluded and not frequented by tourists, it provides a romantic setting to woo young ladies.  Somewhere along the line this little beach acquired the name “Pray for Sex” beach…spray painted on a rock…the name stuck.  Today…I feel like Willamette Pass should be dubbed “Pray for Snow” ski hill as I feel many locals are looking up the hill with lust in their eyes and desire in their hearts.

The trails are saturated, littered with branches and with the wind this morning there will probably be more trees down, parts of South Salmon Creek Trail are underwater and I suspect the washout in the North side is not fairing well either.  Let hope the snow is on the way and our attention can be turned to snowshoe and ski trails for the foreseeable future.

(photo’s by Olivia: O’dell Lake and Waldo Lake)

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List of Trails with Known Trees Down

by Olivia Smoody on December 18, 2014

Conditions in general are damp and cool.  We are starting to see trails getting a bit soft depending on the trail location and location on the trail.  Mostly low spots and trail edges.  As always, use common sense and courtesy.

Flat Creek aka Dead Mountain:  One tree down right before the clearing.  As with every year, avoid the very bottom section after heavy rain until the drainage gets an overhaul.

Larison Rock:  One tree down right after the burn section. As with every year, lower section is very soft.

Heckletooth:  Report of three trees down before heading into the burn section.

South Salmon Creek:  Three trees down on the east switchbacks.

Alpine:  Report of three trees down on upper Alpine as well as some snow in the meadow.

Westfir Tie Trail:  Report of Rotten snag down about half way.

 

 

Photos courtesy of Jake Sawyer 12.13.14:  Alpine (sourgrass meadow)

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Heckletooth 12.13.14

by Olivia Smoody on December 13, 2014

It’s insanely sunny and beautiful today in the Ridge!  Jim just stopped by after riding Heckletooth with reports of trees down.  Keep your speed low before entering the burn area as he reported one tree down there as well as two more about 16″ in diameter as you begin climbing up to the first viewpoint in the burn section.  The last tree is just before the cutoff to FS road 207 and is about 2 feet in diameter.  He was able to clear most of the large branches as well as a few smaller fallen trees so a big thank you goes out to Mr. Jim 🙂

For the snow lovers out there I’m adding a photo of what it looks like at about 5500 ft.  Thanks goes out to Eli Czerny for his excellent reporting from the “snow”.  Thanks for the photo Eli.

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December 12th…snow? That’s a no.

by Olivia Smoody on December 13, 2014

With most people switching gears to skiing and snowshoeing the Oakridge Trails are seeing very little action.  So why chase the snow when the trails are right here and riding well?  Slap a rain jacket in your pack and load up the bike!  Weather report for tomorrow looks sunny with a chance of riding Alpine! Reports of high winds appear to have yielded very little damage but keep an eye open for small branches which might be littering the trails today.  Very little rain in the past few days has left the trails in great condition.  We can thank our awesome trail building crew for paying attention to drainage and keeping us on our bikes for so long.  I will try to keep everyone apprised of trails to avoid after heavy rains as well as any blockages.

Thanks for checking in!!!

 

Update for Flat Creek aka Dead Mountain Trail:  Two of the three downed trees have been cleared.

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Larison Rock and Flat Creek

by Olivia Smoody on December 6, 2014

I had the day off yesterday and decided to ride Larison Rock and Flat Creek (aka the lower half of the NEW Dead Mountain Trail opening in June).  Both trails are a wee bit wet but not too soft so just use general caution and respect.  Larison Rock is very soft where The GOATS worked last month to put in crib wall and smooth out a corner where the fire crossed the trail this summer.  Almost right after the new crib wall corner there is a tree down, beyond this it’s smooth sailing.  If you’re riding up Flat Creek there are three trees down just after the open section of the trail so approach the open section with caution when descending.

Just a reminder, GOATS will be out in full force to work on Larison Rock Trail tomorrow so bring your gloves and boots and join them at the trailhead at 9:30 am.

 

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Working in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the GOATS (Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards) two of our own; Mac and Derrick are getting down and dirty building new trail.  They’ve been camping up on Dead Mountain for the past three weeks working long days and sleeping short summer nights.  The trail is being built in sections; last summer the Scorpions, GOATS and the Forest Service built two new sections down at the bottom of the old Flat Creek trail extending the existing trail down to Salmon Creek Road. This year the goal is to extend the upper trail all the way up to the top of Dead Mountain.  When finished the trail will be more than six miles long, and a whole lot of fun.  If you’re out this way it’s worth a ride!

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Don’t Miss the New Trail Section

by McKenzie on May 9, 2014

After cruising thru old growth trees in the Jedi section, be sure to check out the newly constructed connector trail at Windy Pass.  Instead of riding the 1910 to 1911 roads, just drop across the road on to the new trail.  It basically parallels the road on the west.  Tread is good, gradual descent in the beginning, finishing with a short climb to cross the 1911 and on to lower Alpine Trail.

Also enjoy the maintenance done on the Westfir Tie Trail section.  Recent large root balls first posed a difficulty to trail users.  Then some creative repairs turned them to a fun new part of the trail.

Andrew shreds on his new bike! Andrew shreds on his new bike!   Lower Alpine Trail

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Trail Maintenance

by McKenzie on May 9, 2014

trail guy

If you see this guy, thank him for keeping the trail clear.  He knows how to cut wood!

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