Single track fun in the Oregon Coast Range

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by liv2day, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    The sun and liquid-less sunshine are a rare sight in our neck of the woods over the winter months; so when that bright, shiny object was forecast for a Saturday in mid-December, a group of like minded nutballs descended on Diamond Mill staging in the Tillamook State Forest.

    The temperature was a balmy 28 degrees when we unloaded, but thanks to an inversion, the mercury climbed as we did and the resulting ride was fantastic. We didn't cover a ton of miles as technical single track is, well technical. We did have one good off as a compatriot choose poorly when attempting to clear a rock on the double-black diamond Spiky Ridge trail, but no damage done and we were able to get the bike and rider back on the trail in short order. And we only had one re-route - would have been nice if the logging operations noted their activity before we reached 7/8s distance on one of my favorite trails, but they didn't...and they fubar'd the trail :dirtdog

    Our group consisted of me on my Gas Gas 200 and team orange on a bunch of Katooms, mostly 2-smokers with one valve-clad 3-fiddy (lol).

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    Ahh, I love the smell of 2-stroke in the morning.

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    We warmed up with some decent 2-track that gets us up to the fun single track, the views along the way are fantastic.

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    One of the first trails we hit on getting to the top was Spiky Ridge, a nasty, double-black diamond trail that truly rides a ridge line where falling to one side or the other could mean a long tumble. Throw in a big rock you have to "get over", one of our crew was damn close, but weight shifted to the left and down he went (video is better than the picture...only because he wasn't hurt).

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    With that out of the way, we enjoyed a whole string of single track and then found hundreds of trees across what used to be an epic trail (and only recently cut in by the awesome folks who manage the trails in TSF). Damn.

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    No worries, adapt and overcome. We had to backtrack a bit and turning around on this section of single track with a steep downhill wasn't much fun, but we found a cool bypass and went on to enjoy more.

    Again, the views we enjoyed were amazing - love the clear atmosphere and so much blue sky.

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    All in all, we covered roughly 35 miles and got back to staging in time so one of the crew could make their evening deadline. Was a great day and I'm looking forward to the next rip we can pull off in TSF, we're spoiled to have this so close to us.

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    Have a bunch of video to post, will do that when I have a bit more time (also need to pull the GPS log off my Garmin and get the elevation profile - always interesting).

    Thanks for checking it out :thumb
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  2. advrockrider

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    Very cool, love some good single track.
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  3. celltech

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    Looks like a happy group! Amazing what a little vitamin D will do for you. Great pics
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    Looks like great conditions. Nice!
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  5. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    Thanks fellas!

    Ok, if you have some time to waste and want to see what the trails are like, here's a bunch of video. My buddy who took the header did so in the "Spiky Ridge" clip.

    Trail called Plastic Downhill (good 2-track warm-up)


    Spiky Ridge where my buddy lost to gravity


    Fun section of single track called Spaur Ridge


    Great single track the logging operators fubar'd that cuts along a ridge aptly named Odin's Ridge


    Feels like you're riding on top of the world with awesome views of the coast range, Truck Dent


    Great section of trail that includes a decent climb through baby heads that almost always catches someone out (lol), Stumpy.


    Fun, short trail that cuts across a ridge and then follows the ridge line down to the logging road, Cramlett's Clif.


    There are a few more, will post if there's any interest.
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  6. celltech

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    Great videos! Spiky ridge looks interesting! That’s pretty funny, “mellow cruise!” Yeah right.
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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    Thanks man! Not sure if you're in this neck of the woods; but if you wander up and try 'ole Spiky, I'd suggest having someone with you...lol. The damn rock in the middle of the trail is a serious pia (though the rest of the trail is fun).
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  8. fuggy

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    Nice report and videos. That rock on Spanky ridge looks precarious. lol Those downed trees on the steep slope looked like a fun place to have to turn around.
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  9. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    Thanks @fuggy! I wish someone would dig that damn rock out, make the trail more fun...lol. Here are a few more vids from the ride, these round out most of the stuff we tackled.

    Diamond Mill Ridge - fantastic section of trail that runs many miles; not single track, but a ton of fun regardless.


    More Diamond Mill Ridge


    Fun single track that climbs a good grade, then drops into the forest and offers a couple routes back to the logging road - Elk Wallow


    One of my favorite black diamond trails, DC
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  10. oldenuf

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    Nice to see the area is still a haven for off road. We used to off load at the summit of the highway and ride bits of the power line and eventually drop back down to the highway at Lee's Camp. The store back then served breakfast, and had a shelf of motorcycle parts. Then cross the highway and back up to the ridge to the north and connect with a FS road called "base line" which would take you back to the truck at the summit. This was in the late '60's so you can imagine what we were riding. There were trails everywhere, from the Fly "M" ranch to the Trask store. I'm still riding single track, using a Sherco X-Ride, old mans machine, up here in the DNR trails in the Olympic Peninsula. Thanks for sharing the vids and thread.

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  11. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist!

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    Thanks Art! I didn't get back into the dirt until 2010, but I've been told by friends who've been riding "The Burn" for decades that the area we have now is far smaller than it used to be back in the day. I'm thankful for what we have, but would have loved to be able to ride from the Flying M ranch all the way to where we goof off near Diamond Mill (or hit the south side of Hwy 6 and get to areas of the Trask I've heard about).

    Good on you for ripping the X-Ride; I've heard that's a fantastic bike! My buddy has the Beta X-Trainer and I think it's the best woods bike I've ridden (for how I ride). We head up to the Shelton area once or twice a year to rip around the Ridge, I really want to get out and explore the peninsula more, awesome you're able to do so on the Sherco :ricky:ricky

    Glad you enjoyed the pics and vids, thanks for replying :D
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    This last summer we organized into a small group and contacted the Washington State DNR which is responsible for the legal single tract and off road areas. They were very receptive to using us to volunteer trail maintenance and work and we have had a good time working with them. There is no going back to the old days, and I don't really want to.

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  13. liv2day

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    Finally pulled the tracks off my GPS, the loop isn't all that interesting, but I always like looking at the elevation profile as it shows the climbs/descents we did. Good fun climbing and dropping back down in short distances!

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