Leslie Gulch, Three Forks and The Steans

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Walterxr650l, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    From my home in Donald I rode up to my cousin's place in Odell, near Hood River. This ride really started from there. From Odell i headed south through Dufer,Tygh Valley, Maupin, Shaniko to Antelope. Found some twisty pavement between Shaniko and Antelope.

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    From Antelope I took a gravel road to Mitchell.

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    A couple of views of the John Day river.
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    That took Longer than I expected. so from Mitchell I went straight to Vale on HWY 26. It started sprinkling on me in Mitchell and continued all the way to Vale, so i arrived cold, but not really wet,and found a room for the night. Next morning was overcast but a little warmer. I headed south to Leslie Gulch. The road to Leslie Gulch goes through the Succor Creek Canyon.

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    And now Leslie Gulch.

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    A water crossing :D

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  2. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    Great stuff so far, that is such a beautiful spot!!! Thanks for the pics.
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  3. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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  4. mikd

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    very cool little cabin!
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  5. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    Looking good! Love to get out that way one of these years.

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  6. Dekay

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    Excellent country, I love it! Looks like another ride to add to my list.:D
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  7. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    From Leslie Gulch it was down to Jordan Valley to fill the tanks just in case. then off to Three Forks. about half way down there is the Owyhee Canyon overlook.

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    and straight ahead
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  8. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    From Leslie Gulch it was down to Jordan Valley to fill the tanks just in case. then off to Three Forks. about half way down there is the Owyhee Canyon overlook.

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    and straight ahead
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    Going down to Three Forks

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    a shot of the far side
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    At the bottom if you go right you come to this.

    The campground facilities.
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    And the views
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    Going left brings you to this bridge over the north fork.

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    And then this ford of the middle fork. It's more of a creek than a river.

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    The road continues on.
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    I didn't. They had told me back at Jordan Valley that the road got greasy when wet. It was threatening rain, and I don't like greasy. So i headed back. Back on the pavement i had to decide where next. Find a camping spot between here and the Steans, or head for Burns and a room. I dislike breaking a wet camp, so opted for Burns and a room.

    Next morning heading out it's 60 degrees and overcast. Part way down to the Steans, something doesn't feel right. Seems like the front end has to much grip. Found a good spot to pull off and check, sure enough the front tire is flat
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    The top of the Steans was in the clouds, so I knew it was going to be foggy up there, and cold. Looks like there is still some snow hanging around.

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    At the top it was windy, spitting snow, and 40 degrees, but felt much colder.

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    Took a couple shots on the way down.

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    i was hoping that when I got down off the mountain I would get back out of the weather, but no such luck. By the time I got back to burns I decided to call it a day.
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  9. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    Morning brought more blue skies than clouds. I have all day, and HWY 20 to Bend is really just 130 miles of boredom. Maybe i should check out that road going north to Paulina. Turns out it is a nice curvy, paved mountain road with no traffic.

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    Oops the pavement ended. Oh Well.:lol3

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    It hints at a view.
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    Then a little farther it's there.
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    Back to the pavement.
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    From here it was Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Salem and home.

    Walter
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  10. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Great report Walter ... you have a proper wilderness out there !!! but sorry mate i couldn,t put up with all that traffic:rofl
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  11. boxertwin

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    Nice work! Thanks for posting your trip.
    You stopped just a mile or two of the most beautiful hot (warm) springs when you passed three forks, across the bridge, and on the two track road.

    Looks like the Steens are in full fall mode already!
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  12. Kawidad

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    Nice:freaky
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  13. Ladybug0048

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    Very nice - - - Now I'm trying to fit this into my next ride. :ricky
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  14. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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  15. akadvntr

    akadvntr Frozen

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    Awesome report! Loved the pictures. I saw your auxiliary tank on the back. Is it plumbed into the fuel system?
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  16. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    Yes it is plumed in. It adds three gallons to the system.

    Walter
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  17. akadvntr

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    Cool! :nod
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  18. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty Rhinestone Cowboy

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    Good stuff! My buddy and I explored a lot of that area last week. It's always sun!
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  19. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Dude, that is a spectacular trip thanks for posting! :clap
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