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Old 09-25-2013, 06:49 AM   #1
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Howdy - taking my 350 excf to Bend next week. Going to ride Chelseas challenge at East Fort Rock - did it last year and it was fun. Right amount of sand (not too much).

I did not make it to Millican last year and I am looking for a nice loop ride - like Chelsea's Challenge - 4-5 hours long, technical, not too much sand.

Any suggestions? I suppose I could start at highway 20 and just start going north for a couple of hours, and then just head back- but it would be nice to have a recommendation.

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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Howdy - taking my 350 excf to Bend next week. Going to ride Chelseas challenge at East Fort Rock - did it last year and it was fun. Right amount of sand (not too much).

I did not make it to Millican last year and I am looking for a nice loop ride - like Chelsea's Challenge - 4-5 hours long, technical, not too much sand.

Any suggestions? I suppose I could start at highway 20 and just start going north for a couple of hours, and then just head back- but it would be nice to have a recommendation.

thanks!
Is Chelseas challenge a trail? Living in the area temporarily and not familiar with the Millican system.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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It is a collection of trails - a loop. Get the map for East Fort Rock and it will show it.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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I would stage at Corrals or Four Corners. Corrals is nicer for camping. Both in Millican Plateau.
From Corrals you can take a road south (120) to four corners or take single track that is to the west (100 west to 10 North to 93 to 91 then 83 & 87 to 4corners)
From 4 corners south (56 to 12 to 15 all the way to highway 20 then 74, 47, 41, 40 back) Just suggestions, you can make many variations from those trails.
43 off the Cinder Butte in North Millican is fun.
There will be sand but the moisture content should be high.

Perfect time to hit it. All four areas are open from wildlife closures and we've been getting rain and cool temps. should be great riding no matter where you go!

Map. http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prin...llican-ohv.pdf
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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Fantastico - thanks.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:49 AM   #6
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If you have time, you should check out the ice caves on the very south end of the system. There are some of the smoothest trails on the system down there.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:24 AM   #7
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China Hat road (18) to the 1810 at Bessie Butte leads to 9710 and the dirt through the lava fields to 97 at Lapine State Rec road. A little south and you can ride up to Paulina Lake, take the side trip up Paulina mountain for a four state view, and then out the back side east, back to 18 and connecting roads to the east, or 1820 (?) back north, or back up 18, (which is deep gravel in that section and not as much fun). Bike needs to be plated for the run up to Paulina Lake, and probably for some of the FS roads. Opening of deer season this weekend, keep your eyes up.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #8
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Opening of deer season this weekend, keep your eyes up.
And that means that a whole lot of trails within the EFR area are closed. I can't remember specifically, but it's the area East of Rd 18 and South of the China Hat and East Buttes.
You'll see signs, there will be maps available. The closure will apply until the end of rifle deer season, which I think would be the 9th or 10th. The closure starts 3 days before the start of the season, which is yesterday or today.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:56 PM   #10
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I've seen that area during rifle season. Unless you have a death wish or just enjoy riding in a Combat Situation I would suggest avoiding that area until the townies take their guns and go home. The amount of "Road Hunters" make all of the open roads in that area Lethal. Imagine rush hour with none of the drivers looking where they are going.
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It sounds like many in this thread are confusing East Fort Rock with Millican. Millicanis not very good hunting territory so I wouldn't worry about that. Conditions will be prime for riding however with all the moisture. Listen to Mr. Dualsport.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #12
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That SUCKS that east fort rock is hunter heaven the ONE effin week I will be there. Crap.

I try a couple of loops a millican then. Mr Dual Sport - thanks for the woute info.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:03 PM   #13
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It sounds like many in this thread are confusing East Fort Rock with Millican. Millicanis not very good hunting territory so I wouldn't worry about that. Conditions will be prime for riding however with all the moisture. Listen to Mr. Dualsport.
The original question was referencing EFR. I agree Millican isn't very good Hunting however Hunting season increases the traffic in and around Millican. The problem isn't with real Hunters. The problem is with the influx of stupid people armed with high powered rifles and little common sense. I lived on the SE side of Bend for 10 years. If it was raining you could find me riding in the desert, it is stellar.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #14
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If it was raining you could find me riding in the desert, it is stellar.

It's raining right now!
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:27 PM   #15
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If it was raining you could find me riding in the desert, it is stellar.
I don't ride in those areas right now. Winter when no one else is there I do.
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