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Skyline Forest via Mrazek - Advanced-Intermediat­e MTB Ride!

MTB local legend Bob Woodward has called Skyline Forest a throwback gem to the early days of the Phil's Trail system.  Last summer he rode the area 55 out of 65 days and only saw 5 other riders during that time.  BACE did one of our first longer rides in this area back in April, 2013 (when we had less than 100 members) and it met with rave reviews.  Let's repeat that adventure again before the hot, dusty weather turns.  The details......


Here's a great advanced-intermediate ride...exploring Skyline Forest via Mrazek Trail!  From Shevlin Park, we'll ride 5 miles up Mrazek before diverting onto a rustic double-track into Skyline Forest.  We'll do a 12 mile loop of the area and return via Mrazek.  There are some technical sections along Mrazek, but the remainder of the ride will be more rolling terrain and less technical.  Skyline Forest is not maintained by COTA and feels more remote than it actually is.  The trails in Skyline Forest can be loose and rough (this is not a flow trail), adding to the technical rating.

We will ride at a moderate pace.  Ideal for the advanced-intermediate rider, or the advanced rider more interested in seeing some Central Oregon history than moving up the strava rankings.  The area has remnants of several old lumber mills and we will stop to take in the scenery and regroup as needed.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the ride specifics.

Bring a sandwich (etc.), as we'll stop along the way for lunch.


Ride Rating; Advanced-Intermediate; Endurance Rating E3.5, Technical Rating T3
(to see rating descriptions, click "More" tab above and select "Files")
25 Miles and about 2100’ of climbing. About 4.5 hours

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• Approved Cycling Helmets Required.
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• No dogs permitted on group rides unless inclusion is specified in the activity description.
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  • Dirk H.

    Great ride thanks Jay, and thanks to Patty and Stan who helped with my flat, one of these days i will learn how to change a tire.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Siobhan

    A very fine day in the saddle. Thanks for scouting in advance, Jay.

    April 19, 2014

  • Patty

    Great ride! Thanks Jay!

    April 19, 2014

  • Mike S.

    That was a blast! I would do that again... if I could ever find it again. Thanks for organizing Jay!

    April 19, 2014

  • Jay M

    Outstanding group for this hidden trail adventure! Thanks to David Baker for leading a faster group, allowing everyone to enjoy their ride to the fullest. Hope to see everyone again soon.....

    April 19, 2014

  • Stan K.

    Thanks to Jay doing all that scouting, ride was an epic adventure through many untraveled skyliner forest areas. Beautiful!!

    April 19, 2014

  • Tom H.

    Great ride, Jay. Thanks for organizing.

    April 19, 2014

  • Jay M

    Thanks for all the interest in this great ride! We are full and have 4 riders on the waitlist. I don't want anyone to have to miss this ride...but if it looks like you won't be able to make it, please change your RSVP to "No" asap, in order to open a slot for someone on the waitlist. Happy Trails!

    April 17, 2014

  • david b.

    If you want to ride out lets meet @ 8:40 at backporch.

    April 16, 2014

    • david b.

      Yeah, I am trying to figure out Sunday. The 100 is one of my options. I would ride my mtb though:) I may post a ride if you and/or others request, or I might even if u don't:)

      April 16, 2014

    • david b.

      Will advise soon...

      April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great description of the Skyline trails. I'd join if I could make that time. Have fun!

    April 14, 2014

  • david b.

    Might be a little too early for me. I'll see what I can do but I need my beauty sleep:)

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Patty

      David, you can start at 11am and catch us, no problem!

      3 · April 13, 2014

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