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Minam River Trail #1673 - Meads Flat to Red's Horse Ranch

Season:
April - November
Total Elev. Gain:
2,233 ft.
Distance:
14.67 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-1,543 ft.

A very long and scenic riverside trail along the Minam River. We don't have a lot of trails that follow a major river in this region, but this one hugs the river magnificently for many miles, all the way to the headwaters at Minam Lake (although here we are just featuring the trail to the footbridge at Red's Horse Ranch). The problem is that the trail isn't well maintained and it is a complete cluster to access. The trail surface is in great shape and the brush isn't too thick either, it is just the trees across the trail that hamper progress...  
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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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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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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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Jarboe & Lookout Mountain Snowmobile

by Brian Sather — Mon, Mar 6, 2017

Jarboe So-So

SNOW OBSERVATION    
Last night's storm seemed to skirt more north of the area with a good helping of snow near Milk Shakes. We were on the other side of the canyon as 10 of us stormed north from Palmer Jct for a loop out to Lookout Mountain. Jarboe only had 10 cm of new but as we got closer to the Wenaha Breaks the new snow got pretty good, with a soft old layer underneath it. It was pretty warm all day up high, hovering around freezing.

Things were kind of busy a Palmer Jct., an unofficial snopark that is maintained better than Catherine Summit. The road from Palmer Jct. to Lookout mountain (FS6231) has  Read more

Palmer Junction to Lookout Mountain Loop - Snowmobiling Elgin, Oregon

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Gain:
5,162 ft.
Distance:
31.86 miles
Total Elev. Loss:
-3,594 ft.

Palmer Junction provides a quick shot up into the heart of the Blue Mountain between the Lookingglass and Wenaha drainages. This loop takes you by the Lookout Mountain Lookout Tower for an expansive view on the clear day. The area is well forested but enough logging has happened over the years that there are many play areas and well-spaced trees for off-track fun. In other words, you're not just relegated to the roads along this loop. There is plenty of roadside challenges and boondocking options that make for a fun loop and deep snow. ...  
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Palmer Junction to Timothy & Lookout - Snowmobile Elgin, Oregon

by Brian Sather — Wed, Jan 25, 2017 (Updated 5 months 2 hours ago)

Palmer Junction Road Bike Ride - Out & Back

Season:
N/A
Total Elev. Loss:
-2 ft.
Distance:
29.8 miles
Total Elev. Gain:
2 ft.

Better known as PJ, this is the best road bike ride in Union County even with it being an out and back. It is a series of difficult shortish climbs to the end of the pavement north of Elgin. With very little traffic and nice scenery, it is the go-to add-on for long training rides from La Grande. The first challenge is Moore Hill followed by rolling terrain all the way out. Then, coming back you'll be surprised how difficult the hill was you descended...  
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