For those from other locales, China Hat is a 6,573 ft volcanic butte in the Deschutes National Forest. That name is used interchangeably with the East Fort Rock OHV area, an awesome playground of miles and miles of off-road trails ~4.5 hours from Portland and ~30ish minutes from Bend. To the south of China Hat lie acres and acres of BLM land and if you head west after going south, you run into the Fremont-Winema National Forest; another haven of forest service roads and areas to explore. All of my previous trips to China Hat have been on a dirt bike, typically multi-day excursions that involve a morning rip, back to camp for lunch (and beer), then an afternoon rip. Those are always a blast, but this time, I wanted something different. So, I talked with the usual suspects and a small crew who could manage the time away threw their respective names in the hat and a plan was hatched to bring dual-sport bikes. We'd base camp at China Hat campground and do day rides into the forest and high desert. Some teaser pics and an aerial video to get things going.