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Hi, I was up there on a geology field trip for school, and I saw a bunch of people riding up there. just wondering has anyone ridden up there before ? if so, what is there up there? how are the trails? it is all XC stuff or are there more all mountain obsticales ?

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Any details about riding in the Powell Butte area would be much appreciated.

We will be moving to Prineville before spring. I've started to compile details about rides in Ochoco NF, and it would be great to learn about lower elevation stuff cloer to town.

I am primarily an XC rider, but I don't get a huge thrill from just riding on dirt roads. Are there any trail rides in the Powell Butte area?

Info about ANY AND ALL mtb riding in the Prineville area will be greatly appreciated! I think I have a decent handle on the main Ochoco NF rides, but I am all ears...
 

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riverrat said:
Any details about riding in the Powell Butte area would be much appreciated.
I think they are talking about Powell Butte Nature Park, which is located in East Portland between Powell and Foster. About nine miles of trails, but not all are open to bikes. They did have maps at the main parking area off of 162nd and Foster.

A friend of mine lives near Powell Butte, the one between Redmond and Prineville, and has never mentioned any local trails. We drive into Bend and ride there. If you find something, let me know!
 

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I think they are talking about Powell Butte Nature Park, which is located in East Portland between Powell and Foster. About nine miles of trails, but not all are open to bikes. They did have maps at the main parking area off of 162nd and Foster.

A friend of mine lives near Powell Butte, the one between Redmond and Prineville, and has never mentioned any local trails. We drive into Bend and ride there. If you find something, let me know!
OK, thanks for the clarification. It didn't look to me like there was much in the way of riding in the PB (Prineville version) area. I'm expecting to either drive up into the Ochocos or over to the Bend area to ride.

I've been kind of spoiled being able to ride from my house in Corvallis up into Mac Forest to ride. I guess that is coming to an end soon. On the other hand, the range of riding ops within an hour or so drive time will be much greater once we are established in P-ville.
 

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There are also a few trails in the Gray Butte area. There are some maps out there that do a pretty good job...
 

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allright, I went up there this last weekend, the trails are somewhat dry the conditions are just cold and very wondy ( might be bad for some forks, because mine locked up ) some of the trails are fun to haul at, not not all that impressive, go up there if you dont really have any place interisting to ride.
 

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Todd,I've lived here at the bottom of Powell Butte for 10 years.That's why/how i got into Mt.Bike.I know where the fun trails are.I know where you can hit 30mph.I know a "secret" trail with some fun obstacles and a good jump at the end.The best spooky trail has been all fenced off.The one I broke my collar bone on!The fences my be temporary.If Powell Butte is anything it's a good work out and it still helps with keeping the skills up.The weekends kinda suck cause you got to break for hikers and horses.On these cold weekdays there is nobody around to speak of.Bottom line..better than nothing.
 

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Stevirey said:
Todd,I've lived here at the bottom of Powell Butte for 10 years.That's why/how i got into Mt.Bike.I know where the fun trails are.I know where you can hit 30mph.I know a "secret" trail with some fun obstacles and a good jump at the end.The best spooky trail has been all fenced off.The one I broke my collar bone on!The fences my be temporary.If Powell Butte is anything it's a good work out and it still helps with keeping the skills up.The weekends kinda suck cause you got to break for hikers and horses.On these cold weekdays there is nobody around to speak of.Bottom line..better than nothing.
I agree, try Powell at night with the lights there is nothing like it, go as fast as you want to only braking for trees and wildlife.
 

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I agree, try Powell at night with the lights there is nothing like it, go as fast as you want to only braking for trees and wildlife.
at night ? they have the trails lit up ?

or provide your own lighting ?
 

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Bring your own light.In the summer they are either open till 10pm or midnight I forget.You could sneek in there anytime you want from the Sprigwater corridor side.It's so dark in there this time of the year in the afternoon that good lights would help.We rode over the Butte once on a night with no moon.Very spooky.You got to stop in the middel of the forrest and turn the lights off.I heard something crunching through the woods and got the heck out real fast.Cougar have been seen before!
 
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