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I'm riding North Umpqua this weekend for the first time, my plans are:

Day 1: Dread & Terror -> Hot Springs -> Deer Leap
Day 2: Panther -> Mott -> Tioga

I was hoping to ride the Calf section, but the BLM website says it's still closed. Anything else I should be concerned about or prepared for?
 

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Massive quantities of poison oak from Panther down. You'll see a bit at the end of deer leap, but not too much to be concerned about. On the lower trail, it is pretty much impossible to avoid. Wear long clothing if you are sensitive.
 

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That website is woefully out of date. Calf has been open for 4-5 years now, and it's in good shape. It's quite rocky, and alot of fun. You should definitely do it. Consider adding Marsters and Calf to day 2, and maybe skipping Tioga instead. Tioga is fun, but it's the longest section, and the least excting piece of the NUT (with the exception of the descent off Bob's Butte)
 

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That website is woefully out of date. Calf has been open for 4-5 years now, and it's in good shape. It's quite rocky, and alot of fun. You should definitely do it. Consider adding Marsters and Calf to day 2, and maybe skipping Tioga instead. Tioga is fun, but it's the longest section, and the least excting piece of the NUT (with the exception of the descent off Bob's Butte)
I'm aware that Calf has been open for years now, but I thought the notice on the BLM website was more of a recent thing due to washouts or something. Am I to understand that Calf is in great condition and currently rideable? Thanks.
 

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I'm aware that Calf has been open for years now, but I thought the notice on the BLM website was more of a recent thing due to washouts or something. Am I to understand that Calf is in great condition and currently rideable? Thanks.
I rode it 4th of July. No problems.
 

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Sasquatch said:
I rode it 4th of July. No problems.
Great, so with the information about the Poison Oak on the lower trails and Calf being open, do you think this is a good change of plans for my Day 2 ride:

Jessie Wright -> Marsters -> Calf -> Panther -> Mott

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jerms said:
Great, so with the information about the Poison Oak on the lower trails and Calf being open, do you think this is a good change of plans for my Day 2 ride:

Jessie Wright -> Marsters -> Calf -> Panther -> Mott

Thanks.
I like to avoid as much of the PO as possible.

I would start higher and have your overnight at Tokatee CG.

Deer Leap starts with a pretty stiff climb. May be better to start the day with it than have it nearer to the end of a long day.
 

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jerms said:
Great, so with the information about the Poison Oak on the lower trails and Calf being open, do you think this is a good change of plans for my Day 2 ride:

Jessie Wright -> Marsters -> Calf -> Panther -> Mott

Thanks.
Jessie wright is closed on the upper end due to construction work at soda springs. You can do an out n back from the lower end or skip it. Its nice but not anything special.
 

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If your group is in decent shape, your current plan should.ne.fine. I am in pretty bad shape, and I did the same thing without much trouble.
Camp at eagle rock, or boulder flat as a good halfway point.

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I like to avoid as much of the PO as possible.

I would start higher and have your overnight at Tokatee CG.

Deer Leap starts with a pretty stiff climb. May be better to start the day with it than have it nearer to the end of a long day.
 

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Jessie wright is closed on the upper end due to construction work at soda springs. You can do an out n back from the lower end or skip it. Its nice but not anything special.
Ok, so if I were to try the following, is there any way I could get around the construction at Jessie Wright without diverting to the highway?

Deer Leap -> Jessie Wright -> Marsters -> Calf

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No. That is why I suggest starting at Illahee Flat and ride down the Illahee Flat Trail to where it meets Jessie Wright. The Soda Springs trailhead is closed along with the trail from Boulder Creek to Medicine Creek Road. This includes the western end of Deer Leap along with the eastern end of Jessie Wright.

Also, be aware that the Hot Springs trailhead is closed while they replace the bridge. There is a log bridge a short ways downstream you can use to cross.
 
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