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Hello, I am from Seattle Washington and my fiancée and I will be camping near crater lake all next week. I hear of a store that will shuttle to Lemolo for a Lemolo to Toketee.? I do not want to travel far to get a ride in, but would ride one or two days while I am there. My fiancée doesn’t ride so I would be solo. That brings up my second question, are those trails traveled enough that riding solo wouldn’t be that big of deal. I am bringing my 6” trail bike thinking that my big bike would be overkill for the shuttle.
So if you have done this or have any other suggestions that are close and would take less than five hours round trip I would appreciate it. Also if you ride these trails and wouldn’t mind a tagger alonger I ride a few days a week, pretty decent rider drop a PM.


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Hello, I am from Seattle Washington and my fiancée and I will be camping near crater lake all next week. I hear of a store that will shuttle to Lemolo for a Lemolo to Toketee.? I do not want to travel far to get a ride in, but would ride one or two days while I am there. My fiancée doesn't ride so I would be solo. That brings up my second question, are those trails traveled enough that riding solo wouldn't be that big of deal. I am bringing my 6" trail bike thinking that my big bike would be overkill for the shuttle.
So if you have done this or have any other suggestions that are close and would take less than five hours round trip I would appreciate it. Also if you ride these trails and wouldn't mind a tagger alonger I ride a few days a week, pretty decent rider drop a PM.

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The end of the North Umpqua trail is fairly close, Dread and Terror is within the 5 hour zone if you can arrange a shuttle. There's no MTB trails in the Park or in the Thielsen Wilderness.
 

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Unfortunately, the closest trail the Upper Rogue River Trail is as far as anyone can tell closed to mountain biking. There are a few trails around Diamond Lake including one up Mt. Bailey on the west side of the lake. Your best bet will be the NUT. Check Sasquatch's threads for some great pictures. Its all open and cleared except for the middle of the first section down at the bottom.

There will be people up there on the weekends but usage is usually pretty light. Its much less likely to see anybody on a weekday. I never give it a second thought on the occasions I'm up there by myself.

Check the BLM site.
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/umpquatrails/

Also here are the places that have in the past had shuttles.
http://countrystoreforsale.com/default.aspx
http://www.lemololakeresort.com/index.html
 

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Some dude at the Dry Creek Store off hwy 138 is the one who you may be thinking of that does shuttles for the North Umpqua Trail. It's not a shuttle bizzness but he's more than happy to make a deal. (was this a secret)

I just railed the NUT last weekend on a SS with an 80mm fork; I think your 6" trail bike is plenty.

Lots of P-Oak but worth it. Bring some Tecnu or something of the sort. The trail is in AWESOME condition.

Have fun and watch out for the dead deer in the trail.

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There are a surprising number of trails around Diamond Lake, you can actually ride from Diamond Lake Campground take a combination of singletrack and double track part way up Mt Bailey then come down a fast fun singletrack back to the campground. You can also do an out and back to the Park border.

The Dread & Terror and Hot Springs sections of the NUT total about 16 miles, starting at the east end of D&T and ending at Toketee Lake makes for about a four hour ride.
http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/umpquatrails/
It makes for an easy shuttle from Diamond Lake if someone can drop you at the east end and pick you up at Toketee.

If your confident in riding solo its a good section. There will probably be less P-oak at the upper elevations (eastern).
 

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South Fork/ Golden Stairs

I highly recommend all the upper sections of the NUT from Deer Leap, North all the way to the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Boundary.

I have come across a couple of routes in the Rogue River NF that are seldom used and quite nice.

The South Fork of the Rogue River trail is nice and about 6.5 miles long and I posted some info on that here:http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=423569

I also did a nice loop last night using FR700 and the Golden Stairs Trail 1092. FR700 is a closed Forest Road so no traffic and the Golden Stairs is a motorcycle trail. The OHV trail system isn't open yet so there is no one out there. TR1092 has great views of Crater Lake peaks, SKy Lakes Wilderness, Mt. Thielsen, Bailey and McLoughlin, steep, rocky, tight switchbacks, narrow, but fun decent. I think it would make a great Mt bike race location, 12 mile loop with options.

The Forest website is having issues at the moment, but more info can be found here when it is up: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/recreation/trails/index.shtml
 
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