All Results for: La Grande

Rock Spring Trail #1928 - Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Mountains

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-2,771 ft.
Distance:
3.45 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
422 ft.

A trail in surprisingly good shape that plunges down to the Little Minam where a few old cabins exist. You can access the Little Minam trail there or cross the river (in late summer) to get on the trial on the other side of the Minam or just use it as a nice camp spot along the Minam, as you likely will get it all to yourself. It is a nice location where the two rivers converge with a wide open flat area to enjoy some solitude in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The trail dodges across the ravines on the way down, maintaining a fairly steady pitch...  
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Starkey Ukiah Road Bike Century Loop

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-8,245 ft.
Distance:
98.98 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
8,241 ft.

Not often can you ride a paved backcountry road with nearly no traffic that is almost spot-on a century distance. As a bonus, this hidden jewel of a loop is not far from La Grande but rarely done by anyone, on any vehicle. You will experience great views, challenging climbs, pristine meadows, streams, rivers, and older creepy men in mini-vans (these are basically scattered throughout the entire Elkhorn Mountains). The loop is best done clockwise. From Starkey you start a long gentle climb up the Grande Ronde River before the big climb of Chicken Hill hits...  
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Roid-otiller

by Brian Sather — Updated 1 week 1 day ago · Posted Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The trails are making a turn for the better in some areas. A couple weeks ago I was helping the dirtbike riders (a.k.a. fellow motorheads) build new singletrack at MERA. This is a continuation of Dead Bull Trail which will likely become the Snag Trail after it crosses the road. I had a chance to ride it a couple days ago and it is a great finish to a great stretch of trail. The prototype rototiller was on it doing amazing work on the tough grass that makes trail building hard at MERA. The section is well designed and includes 2 new miles that need raking and some use to get it fully...
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Umatilla Rim Snow Update

by Dominic Clay — Posted Mon, May 29, 2017

I drove up to check the conditions on the Umatilla Rim this morning. I had the dirt bike in the back of the truck, thinking it might be rideable, but this is what I found... (Pics attached). First pick is of Umatilla Rim Trail parking lot. 2-3 ft of snow still lying across the parking area, equal amounts or more remaining in the shade under the trees. Probably a few more weeks for that snow to melt completely. Second pick is of Summit Road just about 50 meters in from 204. There was a truck with an empty snowmobile trailer parked there too... ...
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Human Bean Coffin Podcast 5-25-2017

Human Bean Coffin Podcast 5-25-2017
by Brian Sather — Thu, May 25, 2017 (Updated 3 weeks 6 days ago)

Tesmond Hurd and Brian Sather talk about murder tours, whistle-blowing, MERA rants, motorbikes, police protecting and serving gatorade, and more.

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Pumpkin Ridge, Rinehart Gravel Ride - Imbler & Elgin, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-1,658 ft.
Distance:
24.13 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
1,652 ft.

This loop provides a stunning visual of undulating terrain around the Grande Ronde River. Most of the roads have a great gravel surface except for a rocky descent down the northeast side of Pumpkin Ridge. This is a key stretch you won't want to miss though, because as you go over the top of Pumpkin Ridge you'll tour by the pond where a human hand was fished out that began an investigation into a triple homicide...  
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Spring Into Winter Podcast 5-4-2017

Spring Into Winter Podcast 5-4-2017
by Brian Sather — Thu, May 4, 2017 (Updated 1 month 1 week ago)

Tesmond Hurd and Brian Sather podcasting from La Grande, OR on topics including Iraqi assault vehicles, May snowmobiling, redneck heaven, Scenic dead elk, and more.



Glimpses of dirt and dust

by Brian Sather — Posted Tue, Apr 4, 2017

The gravel roads are in great shape right now, even the ones that were graded. The recent rains and traffic helped smooth out some nice channels on the gravel roads around the valley. Cars are starting to create some dust though, but fortunately we don't have much traffic on these roads and they are smoother than the higher traffic paved roads. When I rode through MERA all the snow had disappeared from the Archery Rd and Igo Extension so things are looking good there.
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Imbler lakes tour

by Brian Sather — Posted Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Road conditions are superb for gravel riding right now. These roads are smoother than the chunk sealed "paved" roads in the county. Take the opportunity to view the many ponds and lakes in the Imbler Lake's Basin. The fields are nice and green. Perfect, except for a few of the roads that were being graded during the day which included Part of Imbler Road and End Road.
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Skillzzzzzzzz!

by Brian Sather — Posted Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Something I haven't done in a long time, ride the entire Skills Trail of MERA. Yes, that's right, I shredded the #2 on my Worst 5 trails list. It was a little moist and I went through one small rideable snowbank but overall very dry and about the only singletrack available right now so enjoy it until you don't have to. ...
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