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The Oregon Timber Trail is ready: Are you?

Posted by on July 25th, 2017 at 10:14 am

(Photos by Gabriel Amadeus, Limberlost)

At long last the Oregon Timber Trail is open for business.

After a soft-launch back in March, the 668-mile backcountry mountain bike route is now fully mapped and all the resources you need to research and plan your trip can be found on the official website.

For the past 18 months the people behind this amazing undertaking have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. They’ve developed relationship with locals and land managers, logged nearly 1,000 volunteer hours (in June alone!) and 13 days of trail maintenance so far this year, worked with eighth-graders on a cultural and natural history guide, developed a comprehensive route guide, and much more.

The result is something very special. “A world-class bikepacking destination and North America’s premiere long-distance mountain bike route.”

The route consists of four tiers that can be done by themselves or strung together for a bigger adventure. Think of it as the Pacific Crest Trail, but designed specifically for mountain biking with over 90 percent of the the route unpaved and half the mileage consisting of singletrack.

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Here’s more from and OTT press release:

Riders depart from the California border, just outside of Lakeview, the highest town in Oregon. Within the first ten miles, riders will crest 8,000 and view the ride north. Ahead, the Fremont Tier is 190+ miles long, followed by the Willamette Tier at 140+ miles, then the 110+ mile Deschutes Tier, and finally the Hood Tier at 200+ miles. Dip your tires in the Columbia River, lay in the grass, and raise a toast to yourself — you just rode a mountain bike across the state of Oregon.

(Now wipe the drool from your desk.)

If you’d like to go deeper into this project and volunteer check out the upcoming Trail Stewardship Campout coming August 25-27th. At this event you’ll be able to work and ride on the trails while camping with friends old and new.

What are you waiting for?! Get over to the website and start planning your adventure today.

And don’t forget to follow the latest updates from the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance crew via Instagram and Facebook.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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dan

This looks amazing! I am probably not the only one that’s been poring over the maps. If you ride it as written, it is definitely pretty burly – there are some stretches of 3-4 days between water sources. However, I’ve taken a close look at Google Maps, and it looks like it would be possible to get a car down a Forest Service road for resupply on some of those long stretches in between fixed food / water sources.

So, while it is “cheating” and maybe not entirely in the (very hardcore) spirit of the enterprise, I could definitely see riding this as a group of 4, with one person driving a resupply wagon, and alternating days.

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It does look like a ton of fun.

“Riders depart from the California border”

In light of recent conversations here about the penchant for (and irony of) driving to go mountain biking I’m a little surprised that this effort doesn’t anticipate starting from a population center, like Eugene(?) Your recent trip to Hood River being just a fresh example of how one can have lots of fun and excitement on a mountain bike, self-supported. I realize that the trip is laid out along a very thinly populated stretch of our state, which of course follows. But I would think some clever people could conceive of a version that skipped the need for tons of driving. Or?

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Unfortunately, as I understand it, there is no baggage service at Chemult. Carry ons only.
It would be really nice if Amtrak would stop in Oakridge. How cool would that be?

mran1984
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You would need an extra week away from work to accomplish this endeavor without the proper vehicle. Time…anyone have any extra time to give away?

rick
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rick

There are no paper maps or signs for this?

Joseph E
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Joseph E

There’s also a bus to Alturas, CA from Redding CA (Amtrak, Greyhound and Airport available), run by Redding Area Bus Authority every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (http://www.cityofredding.org/departments/redding-area-bus-authority/)

On Wednesday there’s a bus from Klamath Falls to Alturas CA from the Amtrak station, and on Tuesday from Redding to Alturas, run by http://sagestage.com/

From Alturas it is only a 5 hours ride to the trail at the border.

Hood River is served by Greyhound most days.

Joseph E
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Joseph E

Modoc County, California should plan an extension of this trail to Alturas. It looks like there are dirt and gravel roads that would get you most of the way from there to the border in 2 days, based on Google’s maps, and there may be singletrack that isn’t mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/CCDDW4XjVsL2

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had a few friends who just rode Oakridge to Hood River. In their words: “Anyone who thinks this trail is ‘open’ is delusional”. Multiple miles (2-5) long sections of boulder fields requiring bike hauling and GPS location to even stay on ‘route’. This thing still needs a LOT of work…