Does anyone know of any riding areas that are NOT sand along the Oregon Coast?
Posted June 14, 2000 - 05:39 PM
Posted June 14, 2000 - 07:13 PM
Posted June 16, 2000 - 10:11 AM
Posted June 18, 2000 - 01:49 PM
In the meantime, call the Tillamook forest folks listed in the web site and get trail maps sent to you. When you get the map, then I can give you my recommendations on the best trails, in the event I can't hook up with you guys.
Eric in WA
Posted June 18, 2000 - 06:58 PM
Posted June 20, 2000 - 03:29 PM
Sorry for the late reply.
I have not camped there. However, from what I have seen people camp all over the place. I suggest setting up at Browns Camp the first day and ride around to see what's available, like along the water or in a quiet secluded spot... It should be easy to find a good spot on a Monday.
What type of riding are you looking for? Hills, steep hills, rocks, rocky hills, tight, open, waterbars, scenic??? Let me know and I can point you to some trials.
Eric in WA
Posted June 20, 2000 - 04:18 PM
Posted June 21, 2000 - 08:00 AM
Posted June 21, 2000 - 10:15 AM
e-mail me and give you my cell phone and you can let me know if yuor coming up to ride.I hope it doesn;t snow when i get there like it did in co, when we were going to ride with Brain it was 80+ before i got there.But thats aother story.
thank monty wilson
Posted June 22, 2000 - 10:59 AM
Here are some of my thoughts on the trails near Brown’s camp – reference the map. Keep in mind, my wife usually goes with me – she rides a Polaris Scrambler 4x4. So, we usually do not go motorcycle only trials.
Generally, the trials are rockier as you go West. Most of the bikes stay near Brown’s camp. Red trails (open to 4WD’s) are usually heavily rutted. However, there are exceptions.
My favorite exception is 20, which if you go south (uphill) is AWESOME. 3rd gear hitting whoops and waterbars one right after the other. There is stretch of rocks at the North end, but once past those most of it is dirt. This one is FUN. My boy on an XR70 loves it also.
4 is open, fast, hilly and not too rutted.
18 is a test of technical riding skills, roots, ruts and all.
7, 9, 43 lots of good trials in the trees. There are lots of trials that are not shown on the map.
11 is more open, with a good variety of terrain – FUN.
21 is slower, twisty and tighter in the woods.
25 is easy and faster with some whoop like areas.
22 has VERY steep hills. One is nearly free of rocks and ruts, but steep and long. If you make it up, let me know. I have not seen anyone make it up. However, the soil was still damp.
The bridge on 39 is out. Otherwise a good trail.
The end of 34 is virtually impassible due to a bunch of logs on a hill.
There are some great views along the ridge where 28 runs.
Eric in WA
Posted June 22, 2000 - 02:33 PM
Good call on trail No.20 "hood raiser", it's a blast, just as much fun down too as the jumps area little sharper. Have you ridden out archer's fire break (No.28)? Fun as well. Last time there we made the decision to go down No. 35. I'm not all that good a rider, but definitely a one way! No way I could climb back up. Steep enough that the fellow in front of me had to keep letting off the front brake to get the rear wheel back on the ground.
Maybe we can hook-up for a ride there some time. I live in central Oregon, so I don't get there too often. Try to at least a couple times a year.
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Posted June 23, 2000 - 05:26 AM
My wife and I have ridden 28. I enjoyed it. However, my wife nearly rolled the quad nose forward on one of the hills. I had to grab the rear rack and counterweight the quad so she could get down the hill.
Incidentally she wheelied the quad up on 4 and managed to get it to stand perfectly vertical on the rear fender tires and rack after she rolled off. She was a good sport and got back on after I set it down and kept going up the hill.
I have not tried 35. My wife gets nervous every time she sees a trail marked difficult, thinking that I will go try it.
My wife is not that fast. She is getting much better on the hills and technical stuff. But I still have to help her out of tough spot occaisionally. What I usually do is zip up and down the trials while she is cruising along. With a WR she always can hear where I am
Hooking up some time would be fun. However, one thing about me going riding is that part of the deal is that I have to bring my wife along when she wants to go. Which during the nice weather is nearly every time. In the wet months she doesn't like to go. Then it would be easier to connect, but then it would also be wet.
Do you know of great places to ride in Central Oregon than would be quad friendly?
Eric in WA
Posted June 23, 2000 - 03:32 PM
There are some excellent trails over here. Probably the best trail system being East Fort Rock OHV area. It's east of Bend about 30± miles and has something like 300+ miles of trail. A lot of it is quad friendly especially if your wife does OK at Tillamook. Only problem is it gets real dusty and whooped out as summer wears on. In the spring, right after the snow is off, it can be some of the best riding that I've found. Here's a link that has a trail map.
Another good site for general info is: www.oohva.org/
Let me know if you're ever down this way, hope the links work.
Posted June 24, 2000 - 10:04 AM
Posted June 26, 2000 - 04:10 PM
It depends on where you are coming from.
From Portland/I-5 go west on Hwy 26 to Hwy 6 toward Tillamook and watch for signs. It is about 1 hour from Portland.
From Hwy 101 along the Oregon coast take Hwy 6 from Tillamook going east. It is about a half hour from Tillamook.
I am going to try and get to the Tillamook forest at least one day over the weekend. Exactly which day will depend on the weather and my wife's mood.
Eric in WA
Posted June 28, 2000 - 07:31 AM
Those trails you spoke of, Archer's Firebreak and Hood Raiser are not at Brown's Camp, but at Lyda Camp. It is quite a hall riding from Brown's to Lyda, and somewhat difficult to find if you don't know where it is.
Brown's Camp can be some cool riding, but the trails spend most of the year in a really badly rutted condition. By the time the forest service gets around to fixing them, it's winter and they get all rutted again.
As for Diamond Mill, that's supposed to be a really rocky area to ride. Haven't made it there yet, even though I ride in Tilamook Forest every week.
Lyda Camp in my favorite area to ride just now, it has the best of everything. The only problem is most trails aren't on the map.
Posted June 29, 2000 - 05:00 AM
If you do not have a map things can get pretty confusing. The best bet is to get a map, tools, water and so forth and go for a long ride.
What are your favorite trails/areas near Lyda camp?
Eric in WA
Posted June 29, 2000 - 06:49 AM
Posted July 09, 2000 - 03:21 AM
I really have been enjoying Archer's Firebreak at Lyda Camp lately. I haven't been riding there too much, 'cause most of the trails aren't marked, and I get turned around really easy. Nobody I ride with knows it very well either. I really like riding there though. I just wish I could find some of the trails I have ridden once, and can't find again. I went on a couple that were really neat and high. They seem
to be the Brigadoon of trails though, and have disappeared since.
I mostly ride Brown's Camp, and an occasional trip to Capital Forest in Washington. Can't wait to get back out. Didn't get to go this past week, so I am ready!!