Oregon & Southern Washington Bucket List

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by pHelix, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    My brother and his adult son are getting brave enough to cross the border from California later this summer for a few days of paved riding. They're willing to ride gravel short distances to a destination, but have generally nixed the general idea of anything but Tarmac, blacktop, macadam, concrete, or similar surfaces. Darn. Brother is riding a Honda ST1100, nephew needs to buy or rent something-- he's talking about a R1200R. I'm planning on meeting them in Crescent City in order to escort them over the border and riding with them for three or four days. They'll be on their own for a few days after I head for home.

    Anyhoo, they have no specific itinerary or agenda. The only thing on their list at this point is Crater Lake and maybe Hells Canyon. If you were acting as guide, what other sights, sites, destinations and locations would you suggest? I've got a few ideas of my own but am looking for other thoughts. If there's more than two or three miles of gravel to get there, forget it.

    Thanks!
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  2. duck

    duck Banned

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  3. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    I can't give too many suggestions; however, if they are going to Crater Lake they can find nice camping in the Prospect/Union Creek areas. There is Joseph Stewart below Prospect, Mill Creek is only maybe 1/8 mile of very well maintained gravel and is just past Prospect and closer to Crater Lake, but before getting to Union Creek. Union Creek is all paved and a really nice campground. Those would make good places to camp the night before an early morning jaunt to Crater Lake. From there I'd probably head toward Bend.

    I would imagine a person could ride from Crescent City to those campgrounds in a day and not feel too tired to set up camp. I can't remember the mileage, maybe a couple/few hundred from Crescent City to Union Creek?
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  4. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    Excellent suggestion, duck. That road looks like fun!

    Shoulda stipulated that, in addition to an aversion to gravel, they don't camp. Can you believe it? Sheesh. BTW, Crater Lake Lodge is almost exactly 200 miles from Crescent City. Just FYI...

    :)
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  5. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    Sounds like somebody needs an intervention...enema...induction...introduction or something like that, They're missing the majority of the world. I know a few roads around the PNW that one could make a loop out of. We'll talk.
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  6. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Destination Highways. Or half of the in-US ride reports here.
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  7. oremike

    oremike Motorcyclest

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    In no particular order
    42S from Bandon to Coquille
    242
    395 from Pendelton to Burns
    20 from Vale to Burns
    380 from Prineville to Hinds
    227 from from Trail to Canyonville
    53
    31
    anything in the North of 20 and east of 97
    Twickenham
    and on and on, basically any road that isn't I-5 or 97
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  8. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    Nice list. Thanks, Mike!
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  9. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    :nod
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  10. ID650rider

    ID650rider MC enthusiast

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    74 Between Pilot Rock and Heppner
    207 Between Heppner and Mitchell – with lunch at the Riverbend Bar and Grill in Spray :D
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  11. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    Heppner to Ukiah, Ukiah to Baker City or La Grande, (Blue Mountains are awesome, great roads) Baker City to Unity, then to John Day, Joseph to Hells Canyon, just about anywhere through there. Oregon DOT has a good m/c map.

    We may be there in another week.

    Scott Fraser
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  12. HydroDog

    HydroDog Been here awhile

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    I just rode just about everything Scott F. listed today. 400 miles of the most scenic roads I have ever done in Oregon.
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  13. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    got to second Mikes 395. great rode.
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