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Intermediate Mtn Bike/Fat bike Horse Butte to Swamp Wells via Arnold Ice Cave

Let's try this ride again-now 7 months later (weather dependent)! We'll meet at the upper Horse Butte Trail head which is the first small parking area once you make the right turn on the dirt road after the horse butte trailhead sign.   We begin with a steady climb up Arnold Ice Cave trail towards Swamp Wells.  The trail has a few small rock sections and sections of sand.  Nothing is too steep but it is a continual uphill ride for the first 14 miles.  After a lunch break at Swamp Wells, we head downhill on a really fun single track! If we encounter snow, we can take a dirt road alternative beneath Swamp Wells and still have a great ride.  After all that climbing, we'll deserve a long downhill.   Approximate distance 26 miles, plan about 4.0 hours.  Let's meet after the ride at Worthy Brewing.....

Weather can be variable at this time of year so plan accordingly and check back on this site for changes to the ride or cancellation due to storm.

 As we start to ride in the colder weather we all need to take a few extra precautions and be prepared for problematic situations. Bring a phone and have in mind someone who you could call if needed.  Bring hand warmers, food, and a basic survival kit. Wear lots of layers. Wear winter/specific clothing. Err on the side of warmth with your hands and feet. If you don't have winter shoes use warm shoe covers. If you wear something a little light make it your coat, but bring an extra. Please review Gary's tips for winter riding and pack accordingly (see Discussion page)

Bike Rating: Intermediate;   Endurance Level E3.5, Technical Level T3  (See Files under More tab)

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    • david b.

      Good job, top speed near 20!

      November 23, 2013

  • Pat

    Thanks everyone for a great ride! We're so lucky the sun warmed us as we rode. Got to love the downhill!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • David S.

    What started out as a regular ride turned into an epic ride! Approx 28 miles of pure Oregon high desert and forest. Trails were good, weather (chilly at the start) company was good!! Bob, you are a Stud!!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Eric M.

    What a great loop!

    November 23, 2013

  • david b.

    The funnest descent in centraloregon! Thanks everyone...

    November 23, 2013

  • david b.

    Ok well I am going to be there about 10:00 if anyone wants to go, I'll check for person's at the trailhead at 10:00. course is on my gps so we can follow correctly

    November 23, 2013

  • Mark W.

    I had two customers call and make an appointment for tomorrow to test ride recumbents. Damn...

    November 22, 2013

  • Dirk H.

    Great idea, if I got on Pat.s ride I was going to catch a ride with her from her house to the meet up, so if I stay wait listed I'll just hang out and wait for the next ride. Dirik

    November 22, 2013

  • michelle t.

    Hi for all of us on the wait list why don't we meet at the trailhead and do our own meet up ride? I can lead or sweep.Any interest??

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • david b.

      That sounds great Michelle, do you want to post it is an official meetup? I would think we could have a group that leaves like a half hour later, it would be a bit warmer, and we could try to catch the rival group!

      1 · November 22, 2013

    • Tom H.

      Or you could meet at the same time and offer a different route. Taking coyote up to horse camp is about 7 miles shorter. Just a suggestion...I won't be able to be there.

      November 22, 2013

  • Bob B.

    Thanks Pat--I'll be there.

    November 22, 2013

  • Bob B.

    Pat--I'm not sure I can find parking area. May I meet you at intersection of Arnold Mkt. Rd. & Billadeau Rd. to follow you? If so, give me a time to meet you. Thanks, Bob

    November 22, 2013

    • Pat

      Hi Bob, I can meet you there at 9:15 and lead you to the trailhead

      November 22, 2013

  • Gary M.

    Car Pool? I can fit 4 with bikes in my truck. I am near Portland and Awbrey

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Pat

    Hey Everyone. There is a large waitlist for this ride so please keep your RSVP up to date so that others can go if you cannot. We'll be doing this ride again or something similar very soon.

    November 20, 2013

  • Tom H.

    I just rode the Arnold Ice Cave-Coyote Loop through swamp wells on saturday 11/16. Trail is in good shape. There was just a dusting of snow from the recent storm.

    1 · November 18, 2013

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