Riding the Historic Barlow Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by XPLORZ, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    Barlow Trail History.

    Barlow Trail wikipedia.


    Map of the ride:
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    GPS tracklog of our ride in GPX format.

    Actual Original Barlow Trail condensed from NPS file in GPX format.

    GPX files can be converted to most standard formats using a GPS Babel converter.


    In order to save a little time, and to save my wife the punishment she would have had to endure riding I-205 and I-84 freeways on her XT250, I had decided to trailer to Government Camp on the south side of Mt Hood.

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    We parked in the O-DOT parking lot on the south side of Hwy 26. For free! If we parked at a trailhead, we would have had to buy a National Forest day pass.

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    KO, She says "lets ride". From here it is just a couple of miles to the trail.

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    We took the road segment that goes by the "Pioneer Womans Grave".

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    One corner has a great view of Mt Hood.

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    Sign at the western end trailhead where the gravel/dirt/sand starts.

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    Some original wagon trail heading east.

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    Some original wagon trail heading west.

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    Checking out Devils Half Acre. It was too over-grown here to find the original trail.

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    Time to head back out. This detour was only a few hunder yards.

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    Another section of the original wagon trail. Much of the original Barlow Trail lies under other roads, like Hwy 26 and the road we are on now.

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    Just some of the road we are riding.

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    A sandy section, photo taken at speed while hoping the front wheel doesn't wash out. LOL!

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    White River.

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    An earthen aquaduct, but what for I have no idea.

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    Immigrant Springs.

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    Happy rider, and so was I. I had her pack her own gas this time ;-).

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    Out in the open it had warmed over 45 degrees. In this shot it was 101 degrees. Yes, this stop was to re-adjust layers.

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    After that, we lost the Barlow Trail due to ranchers fences everywhere. So we decided to head in to Wamic for lunch.

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    Somebody keeps the taxidermist busy.

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    But its clean inside!

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    Heading back from Wamic on the nine miles of slab to back-track our way over the Barlow Trail.

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    Where we eventually run into a couple of crazy sidecar guys pulled off the trail. One guy hands me his card.

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    LOL! Here is his ride report.


    Back at the rig, a grey haired old woman tells me its dusty following me.

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    Not the way a TKC-80 should look. I discovered it flat with about two miles to go. Said f'it and rode the shoulder. The bead finally broke on one side with 100 feet to go.

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    And since we were near the brew pub at Government Camp.....

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    An Ice Axe IPA settled the dust quite nicely.

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    Thats all!
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  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Nice report. :thumb Barlow is one of the many rides I want to do some day.
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  3. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    That looks like it was a nice day of trails. Thanks.
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