Crystal Crane/Steens Trip September 13-15

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by linkweewee, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    blume and I were talking about this. Camp at Crystal Crane Saturday and Sunday nights, do the Fields/eastern Steens loop on Sunday and go home on Monday. Should be perfect weather, no mosquitoes and nobody out there.

    http://cranehotsprings.com/

    Is a great spot with fire pits for camping.


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  2. Mr Dual Sport

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    If I didn't already have Nestucca plans, I'd join you. A bunch of homeboys will be sailing on the Alvord that weekend.
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  3. peterman

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    sounds stupid!
    besides,,I'll be 65 that weekend.

    smash their windows!
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    WTF!!! You just turned 64. You only get one Bday per year.
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  5. Motoguy

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    I just got back from Crane. I spent last night at Crane Crystal Hot Springs. A great place to camp. The pond was nice and warm, clean showers, and friendly folks.

    I did a loop from PDX to Summer Lake Hot Springs, camped there, and took 140 over to Denio (no gas), and up through Fields (gas), French Glen and over to Crane. The Crane store also has gas. Also, Maple Valley, at the junction of 31 and 395 north has gas. I spoke with the owner who is mc friendly, and is open 8 am to 8 pm daily, 7 days a week.

    Have fun, absolutely beautiful. Also, very cold this morning, bring some warm clothes. I left Crane this morning and made it to PDX in good time and glad I brought some warm clothes.
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  6. linkweewee

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    How was camping at Summer Lake? Is there firewood available for purchase at CCHS or in Crane? Does Crane have a cafe?:ear

    I love Oregon. :raabia
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  7. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Crane has gas, a cafe, bar and simple groceries. Their food is not bad and the help is worth supporting with your business. They sell FW at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, but the prices are high, but then again, there isn't a tree within 20 miles of that place. They have some nice public space you can use also.

    Oh and they have the BEST HOT SPRINGS ever!

    They also have cabins for rent. You hear that Mortimer.
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  8. dave186

    dave186 Been here awhile

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    Just so happens Im planning to do the Steens loop this same weekend. Maybe we will see you along the way?
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  9. linkweewee

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    Have been there before Scott and agree about best hot springs ever. So peaceful. blume's taking the Sprinter with his and NoPo's bikes in it so I will throw a bunch of firewood in beforehand.

    I love Oregon more than anyone can imagine after living here 31 years.. :raabia
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  10. HellsAlien

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    Sounds good, maybe I can talk the gal into a tow/ride!? Yeah, cold there in the morning! Write your name in the frost on your seat!

    Anyways, even if I can't show, have a swell time!
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    Camping a Summer Lake was good. They have minimal firewood available. I ate at the Crane Care/Store, the Buffalo Burger was excellent. Camping was also good at Crane Hot Springs. Had Camp site #8 which had a picnic table and a good location. like I said, very cold in the morning. Have fun and be safe out there. I love that area!
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  12. linkweewee

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    This never gets old :clap

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    Look around when you are down there. You just might see a dark green Jeep dragging an Expedition Trailer. Sorta looks like an upscale version of Jed Clampett's truck. If you look in the right spot we'll be there.
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  14. tblume

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    :clap

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  15. rockyroad

    rockyroad Been here awhile

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    Here is the information we were given at the BLM office in Hines regarding riding in the Steen's area as of two days ago.
    If you are off pavement you are supposed to have a shovel and either a fire extinguisher or a gallon of water on your bike.
    Any road that has (ANY) vegetation growing in the center between the two tire tracks is a (CLOSED) road. That makes it pretty simple, almost every thing is closed.
    The Steen's loop was awesome.
    enjoy
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  16. tblume

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    Good to know.

    Does a fold up shovel count? Is there a minimum size fire extinguisher?
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  17. Mr Dual Sport

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    If closure's aren't on here (they're not)
    http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/burns/index.php
    or if it's not posted on the signs/billboards, I wouldn't worry about. $0.02
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  18. Squishy

    Squishy Positively charged...really!

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    I don't normally worry about carrying an extinguisher & shovel, just use common sense, but for $28 i bought both at 'BigR' ? in Burns & it wasn't a problem packing them. Really dry there lately, so for the first time ever i carried the stuff...whether i could unfold the shovel & unpack the extinguisher in time (if i ever new that i had started a fire behind me :huh) is yet to be tested! Nice to know that i could aid another situation though!

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    TBlume, the minimum size extiguisher is 2.0 Lb. Get Nopo to call in here before heading south & i'll lend you my set for the trip.
    Have an awesome time, i wanna see some creative writing in the playa! :clap
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  19. Mr Dual Sport

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    Sorry missed this this morning. It's buried in their site.
    You can ride on roads with vegetation on them, you just cant park on them. They don't want cage exhaust systems starting fires.

    HINES, Ore. – Continuous hot, dry temperatures and the increased risk of wildfire have prompted Federal officials to raise the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) and tighten public use restrictions within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone (BIFZ).
    Effective Thursday, July 10, the IFPL will move from one to two, Partial Hootowl. Under IFPL two, personal woodcutters may only use power saws between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m., local time. A one- hour fire watch is required after saw operations cease and saw operators are required to have an axe, shovel, and fire extinguisher in their possession and on site.
    In addition to the increased IFPL, the following are prohibited on all Bureau of Land Management (BLM)- administered lands within the BIFZ:


    1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including charcoal briquette fire, except at Chickahominy, Page Springs, Jackman Park, Fish Lake, and South Steens Campgrounds. Liquefied and bottled gas stoves and heaters are permitted. When used outside of developed recreation sites, stoves and heaters must be used within an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or clear of all flammable material.

    2. Smoking outside of a vehicle, trailer or building, except within areas barren of all flammable materials for at least a 3-foot diameter, or on boats on rivers and lakes.

    3. Operating any type of motorized vehicle without a shovel and a container with at least 1-gallon of water, or a fully charged 2.5-pound fire extinguisher.

    4. Operating any type of motorized vehicle off existing roadways or parking vehicles on roadways not clear of all flammable materials, berm to berm
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  20. Squishy

    Squishy Positively charged...really!

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    ^^^^ #4 is what the gal in the Burns BLM office expressed!!

    We had plenty of fun on the gravel roads & playa anyways.
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