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Mountain Biking Oregon: A Guide to Northwest and Central Oregon's Greatest off-Road Bicycle Rides

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Heaven on two wheels. Smooth singletrack through Columbia Gorge old growth forest, steep climbs to amazing mountain views, and easy rambles past Pacific coastline vistas - northwest and central Oregon offers something for everyone. Local mountain biker and author Lizann Dunegan outlines more than forty-five of the best rides in and around Portland, Salem, southwest Washington, Hood River, Mount Hood, Eugene, Oakridge, and Bend.
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Overview

Heaven on two wheels. Smooth singletrack through Columbia Gorge old growth forest, steep climbs to amazing mountain views, and easy rambles past Pacific coastline vistas - northwest and central Oregon offers something for everyone. Local mountain biker and author Lizann Dunegan outlines more than forty-five of the best rides in and around Portland, Salem, southwest Washington, Hood River, Mount Hood, Eugene, Oakridge, and Bend.
Visit the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, ride the surreal Plains of Abraham trail on the slopes of Mount St. Helens, or check out the imposing scenery of Smith Rock State Park, this guide will give you the inside track on everything from the best time to ride, to local events and attractions, to what bike to take for each route. Insider tidbits about each path's historic background make this more than just a trail guide.
Also included: detailed ride descriptions; easy-to-read maps and elevation profiles; ratings for physical and technical difficulty; tips on riding and trip preparation.
Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest and Central Oregon be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762725755
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/9/2003
  • Series: Regional Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 775,677
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Portland resident Lizann Dunegan is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in writing outdoor guidebooks and travel articles on the Pacific Northwest. For over ten years, she has been mountain biking in Oregon and is often accompanied by her partner Ken Skeen and two border collies. She has written many books for Falcon Publishing and Globe Pequot, including Hike Oregon, Mountain Bike America: Oregon, and The Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Weather xiii
Flora and Fauna xiii
Wilderness Restrictions and Regulations xvi
How to Use This Book xvi
The Maps xvii
Map Legend xviii
Southwest Washington, Portland, and Salem
1. Three Corner Rock 3
2. Tarbell Trail 8
3. Ape Canyon-Plains of Abraham-Windy Point 13
4. Marine Drive Multiuse Path 17
5. Leif Erikson Drive-Firelane 1 20
6. Mount Tabor Park 24
7. Powell Butte Nature Park 29
8. Riverside Trail 33
9. Molalla River Trail System 38
10. Banks-Vernonia State Park Trail 44
11. Tillamook State Forest 49
12. Hagg Lake 54
13. Silver Falls State Park 59
14. Minto-Brown Island Park 64
Honorable Mentions
A. Larch Mountain 68
B. Lewis River 69
C. Siouxan Creek-Horseshoe Creek Falls-Chinook Falls 69
D. Gales Creek 70
E. Champoeg State Heritage Area 70
F. Willamette Mission State Park 71
G. Dan's Trail-Dimple Hill 71
H. Marys Peak 72
Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, and Mount Hood
15. Gorge Trail 400 75
16. Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail 79
17. Surveyor's Ridge 84
18. Fifteen Mile Creek 89
19. East Fork Hood River 93
20. Crosstown-Wally's Tie-Skiway Trail 97
21. Timothy Lake 101
22. Gunsight Ridge 105
23. Deschutes River State Park-Harris Ranch 111
In Addition: Mountain Bike Camping 116
Honorable Mentions
I. Larch Mountain 118
J. Post Canyon Loop 118
K. Knebal Springs Loop 119
L. Eightmile Creek 119
M. Old Salmon River Trail 120
N. Skibowl 120
O. Crosstown-Pioneer Bridle-Still Creek Loop 121
P. Umbrella Falls-Sahalie Falls Loop 121
Q. Clear Creek-Camas Trail 122
Eugene and Oakridge
24. Salmon Creek 124
25. Larison Creek 127
26. McKenzie River 131
27. Row River 136
Honorable Mentions
R. Elijah Bristow State Park 140
S. Goodman Trail 140
T. Hardesty Trail 140
U. Flat Creek-Dead Mountain Trail 141
V. Larison Rock 141
W. Middle Fork Willamette River 142
X. Moon Point-Youngs Rock Loop 143
Y. Waldo Lake Loop 143
Z. Brice Creek 144
Bend and Central Oregon
28. Haystack Reservoir 146
29. Gray Butte Loop 151
30. Smith Rock State Park 156
In Addition: Mountain Biking with Your Dog 161
31. Peterson Ridge-Eagle Rock Loops 165
32. Suttle Tie-Suttle Lake Loop 170
33. Upper Black Butte Loop 176
34. Shevlin Park 180
35. Deschutes River Trail-First Street Rapids Park 184
36. Phil's Trail-Kent's Trail Loop 188
37. Deschutes River Trail 192
38. Swampy Lakes-Swede Ridge Loop 197
39. Lava Lake Loop 202
40. Cultus Lake Loop 207
41. Charlton Lake Trail 211
42. Fall River Trail 216
43. Peter Skene Ogden Trail 220
44. Newberry Crater Rim Loop 226
Honorable Mentions
AA. Mzarek 230
BB. Tumalo Creek-Tumalo Falls 230
CC. North Fork-South Fork-Flagline Loop 231
DD. Edison-Lava-Kwolh Butte 232
EE. Quinn Creek 232
FF. Twin Lakes 233
GG. La Pine State Park 233
HH. Sisters Tie Trail 233
II. Coyote Creek 234
JJ. Round Mountain 234
Oregon Coast
45. Fort Stevens State Park 236
46. Cannon Beach 241
47. Neahkahnie Mountain 245
48. Siltcoos Lake 249
Honorable Mentions
KK. Nehalem Bay State Park 253
LL. South Beach State Park 253
MM. Cummins Creek Loop 253
The Art of Mountain Biking 255
Repair and Maintenance 273
Ride Index 277
Clubs and Trail Groups 282
About the Author 283
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