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A couple of friends of mine and our better halves are coming to Oregon in mid August. The 3 guys are mountain bikers. The 3 ladies ride hybrid type bikes. 2 couples are coming up from the bay area near San Francisco. 1 couple will be flying to Oregon from Austin, TX.

The tentative plan is to camp in or near Oakridge the first 2 nights. Then, rent a house in or near Bend the next 2 nights. Looking for advice on where to camp and ride in Oakridge and where to ride in Bend. Hoping to find a camp site that is light on skeeters and has a nice swimming hole. Preferably with running water, but if not, that's okay too. Anyone know what the water temp will be like in the rivers that time of year? Hoping for advice on somewhere pretty and flatish for the ladies to ride near Oakridge also. The Austinites are flying in without their bikes. Anywhere to rent a full suspension mountain bike and a hybrid or hard tail near Oakridge?

Based on the research I've done, I think we want to ride Alpine one day and hire someone to provide a shuttle. Then, probably do a cross country ride the next day. Hopefully from the campsite or near the camp site. The 2 guys from the bay area are used to long climbs and technical riding. The guy coming up from Austin, isn't used to long climbs, so I don't want do do anything that's going to kill him.

Any advice on rides, shuttles, camping, bike rentals, etc would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Contact Randy at Oregon Adventures. His ad is at the top of the page.

Salmon Creek Falls CG is nice.
Willamette Mountain Mercantile for rentals.
You could also rent a house at the Oakridge Motel.
 

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Here is some quick information. Cut and past to your browser and you should be able to gather all the information you will need.

A bit of advice: If you have not ridden in Oakridge before I would recommend speaking with the people at Oregon Adventures, and hire a guide or at least a shuttle and tip for local knowlege. Oakridge is a challenging area to ride, and you can very easily get lost. Hybrids need not apply when it comes to off road riding here. There are some nice paved roads in the area for the ladies.

If you don't want to camp there are multiple hotels in Oakridge, as well as a new hostel located right downtown Oakridge. Though I have not used the hostel yet I have heard good things about the setting and accommodations.

Bend is my hometown. You can glean a lot of information from the three sites I have listed below. There is a lot of trail to hit from downtown Bend, but if you want to do an epic day or even a multi day trip in the saddle check out Cog wilds site for group package deals.

Have fun planning.

Cheers,
BFE

Oakridge information:

http://www.oakridgehostel.com/
http://www.oakridgechamber.com/
http://www.oregon-adventures.com/
http://www.mtnmercantile.com/shop/

Bend information:
http://www.cogwild.com/
http://vacationhousebend.com/
http://www.mbronline.com/destinations/meccas/bend/bend.htm
 

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A great ride for the hybrid bikes would be the Aufderheide (USFS Road 19). It is a National Scenic Byway, paved, and sees very little traffic. It follows the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette and it starts in Westfir at the Red Covered Bridge -- the same place you would start your ride or shuttle up Alpine. The girls can go out as far as they like then turn around. There are some good swimming spots on the river too, where they can take a break and jump in. I highly recommend this ride -- I think they will love it.
 

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Kook91 said:
A great ride for the hybrid bikes would be the Aufderheide (USFS Road 19). It is a National Scenic Byway, paved, and sees very little traffic. It follows the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette and it starts in Westfir at the Red Covered Bridge -- the same place you would start your ride or shuttle up Alpine. The girls can go out as far as they like then turn around. There are some good swimming spots on the river too, where they can take a break and jump in. I highly recommend this ride -- I think they will love it.
Good call on the 'Heide. It's gorgeous.
 

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If you camp at Salmon Creek there's a pretty mellow trail that parallels the road back towards town that is suitable for the intermediate riders in your group. Some nice swimming holes along it too, one under the wooden bridge & one closer to town under the train trestle. The water will be as warm as it gets, but don't expect a hot tub. North Fork has some nice swimming too but the water there is a little chillier, although still worth the effort.
 

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Thanks for all of the great info. I could be missing something, but it seems as though Salmon Creek campground is all first come, first serve. Anyone know if this is the case?

We'll probably be getting in fairly late, so we'd like to have something reserved.
 
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