Monday, January 19, 2015

Dunn Forest Gravel Grinder

I was in Corvallis for a class this morning (and I mean early morning - how did this night owl get roped into a 7:00 am class???) So after an hour of tweaking and contorting into all manner of impossible positions, all in the name of personalized core conditioning, I was off to explore a corner of McDonald-Dunn Research Forests.

I'm particularly fond of Dunn because it seems like the steep climbs are not quite so intense as those found in Mac Forest. (Well I know of one, but I can avoid it.) It also seems to have more sections of pleasant rolling terrain that are fun to ride. And it has plenty of new (to me) roads to explore.

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Trailhead
The drive out was both foggy and rainy, not a promising start, but at the trailhead blue skies prevailed.  Today's ride was a combination of old familiar roads and unexplored territory.
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And we're off!
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The last time I biked here this was a forested hill.
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North Berry Creek and requisite bike porn.
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Me thinks I'll be going up there
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Lunch break.
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hmmm ... haven't been up there. Off we go!
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At one point I thought I saw a cat or small dog up ahead. Would a cat be way up here alone? It disappeared up the road, and as I rode on I concluded it must be a rabid dog ...

... As I got closer to the spot I was sure it was a baby bear ...
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... with Mama just off the road behind one of those little trees.

Might be a wolf ...

... a big black wolf.

Pedal faster!

One short, steep climb and I was out of the scary animal zone. Must have been a local dog out chasing rabbits, or someone's barn cat hunting field mice. Yeah that's it. A little furball cat.
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Pano looking Northeast-ish?
Sometimes it pays to look behind you. The views were nice either way. Pics don't do them justice. I rode on through the clear cut and into a small forested section.
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Uh-oh!
So tempting. The road is clear just on the other side of the debris ...
Heck, I can make it over this!
Well ... maybe ...

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Made it!
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Mist in trees
By this time the fog has rolled back in obscuring most everything. With limited visibility I rode through another clear cut and back into the forest.
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I sure hope this road is the road I think it is
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Heck yeah! I know this intersection.
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Confirmed.
The rest of the route was a return on the same road I came in on. Passed a few hikers on my way back to the car. One group with a bevy of little kids fading into the mist.

Not bad for a Monday. The views today were fantastic, and varied, and I explored some new territory - always a bonus in my book!

About a 6 mile ride with 1,060 ft. elevation gain
Road 100, 1010, 190. I'll post a map, if I ever learn how to make one. Debris is on the 1010.

Older posts in Dunn Forest:
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2012/01/dunn-forest-road-100-exploration.html
http://bluekat78.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-in-trees.html



8 comments:

  1. Nice photos and great write up! It almost makes me wish I rode my mtn bike more!

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  2. Good photos, especially the ones in the fog.

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  3. A nice ride in the forest. Which trailhead did you use? We seem to favor the Lewisburg Saddle one.

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  4. Thanks Kevin and Dom. Stopping for photos gives me a chance to catch my breath. :)

    Hi Brandy - I went in at the 100 gate off of Tampico Road. There is more logging in Dunn and more clearcuts, but some nice views so that sort of makes up for it. I haven't done it in a couple of years, but the 400 gate (off Tampico) is another nice hike/bike.

    http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/cf/files/Dunn_Final.pdf

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    1. Thanks Kari. We'll have to enter off Tampico one day. So far we've done both East and West of the Lewisburg Saddle and hiked from Peavy.

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  5. Love the "Mist in trees" photo with the sun breaking through, and I know it looked even more beautiful in person.
    What's the electronic gadget on your bars? Handheld GPS? (Off to search your previous posts).

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  6. Thanks Brad
    GPS bike computer. Garmin edge 500. Not the best choice in the forest, it sometimes loses signal under the trees. It also beeps rudely when I'm going uphill too slow - wondering if I've stopped riding! }:(

    I like that it shows the grade though. I masochistically enjoy knowing the degree to which I'm suffering.

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  7. Absolutely fabulous area. What a ride. Gorgeous photos.

    I'm prone to the same fits of imagination when I see some-thing off in the woods...when I'm alone...Even in the Midwest there are wolves and things that are sort of scary.Like fishers!

    I'd love to be there riding with you.

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