Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge to Frenchglen

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by big_weight, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. doggitter

    doggitter Long timer

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    Huh, could have swore heading to Paisley was in there somewhere.
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  2. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Been here awhile

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    Oh.. Just read and he does want to hit Paisley. I've only slowed down there. What's to see there?
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  3. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    A gas pump :D
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  4. twentyvolume

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    Ha! Yeah, only reason to stop in Paisley is for gas.

    Here are the three options of what I was thinking for getting through Hart Mountain. I just plotted out the third one, and that actually seems like the best to me now. Less time on the major roads, and a little shorter in the end, too!

    The only downside to #3 is not going through more of Hart Mountain, but I think after a quick dip in the hot springs I'll be satisfied :)

    #1- http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4982105
    #2- http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4982117
    #3- http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5002493

    Thanks for the intel, all around.
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  5. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Been here awhile

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    I don't know the section on #3 from 395 to 31, but the rest of that I was on last weekend actually. It's really smooth gravel. There might be a couple washboard sections and loose spots though.

    205 has more snakes than any other place I've ever seen. Two rattle snakes and about 20 gopher snakes on that one section. I don't get it.

    If you want more dirt there is a road on the West side of the Pueblo Mnts that goes by Bog Hot Spring and crosses Domingo Pass, then down into Fields. It takes off from near the point 140 turns north. Great view from the pass up there.

    From Saturday:

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  6. twentyvolume

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    Awesome man, again, thanks for the info!

    I am headed out from Portland to do a this loop in a week or so. Taking three days to get to the Bald Butte fire lookout, staying there for two nights, and then meandering back to Portland over the next couple days. Haven't spent much time in this part of the state, so I'm really looking forward to it!

    I'll try and steer clear of the rattlers. Definitely some of my least favorite critters out there... :eek1
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  7. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Been here awhile

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    That should be fun. I've never been into Gearhart, but was just thinking about exploring that area this summer. Take some photos and give us a ride report when you're back.
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  8. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    I'll be in the area the week of the 23rd. I've spotted the lookout from FR28 but have never meandered up there to look. Have fun
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  9. clovet

    clovet Rooster No. 2

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    I'm planning on heading out to this area on Friday (July 11th) for two nights of camping. Maybe the first night on Hart Mountain, and the second on Steens Mountain? I'll be coming from Portland and riding through Paisley and Plush on my way.

    If anyone is interested in joining let me know. Would be nice to meet more folks in the PDX area. Intermediate rider here.
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  10. Scott_PDX

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    Was in that area a few weeks ago*. The road past the Hart Mountain Hot Springs is closed til April, but you can back track a few miles and get on Blue Sky Road and get on the South Boundry Road of Hart Mountain and eventually Skirk Lake Ranch. It was very cool and remote out there. Run on 140 for awhile then take Funnel Canyon back up to Hwy 205 to get to Steens.

    That was a long day though. A shorter, more high speed route would be to take FrenchGlen Road/Rock Creek Road outta Hart Mountain then get directly on the Steens loop.

    * = http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=990219
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  11. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Been here awhile

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    You can also head towards Bog Hot Springs, then follow that road North on the West side of the Pueblos and cross Domingo Pass which drops you down just South of Fields Station. This is faster (55+ mph most of the way) and smoother than Funnel canyon and would let you fuel up in Fields. It also heads out to Catlow Valley Road, but the last 10 miles are really rough so I don't recommend doing that section.

    The Funnel canyon route is more scenic and VERY remote.
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