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Dave

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Crowd Sourced! Share information and ask specific questions about this state here.

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Are you familiar with the Oregon outback trail? I have property in Christmas Valley that I visit each year and I am looking for some fun trails out in that area.
 

100acre

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http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=86
 

100acre

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If you do go to Tillamook, I would highly suggest stopping at the famous cheese makers there. They give tours and not only have cheese but root beer and 4' long jerky and ice cream and....you get the point. Awesome food though and a great place to get some stuff for the road. Also don't pass up the Air Museum which was once used and is maybe the last one standing- a Dirrigible Hangar. The hangar is the largest wood structure in the world(?) This is a worthwhile stop with lots or great historical aircraft if you're driving the coastal pavement perusing all the great Oregon state parks.
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The weather is finally getting nice. Had to get out of the house. We drove down to Succor Creek & Leslie Gulch. Two area's that offer a lot of trails to explore and feature fascinating geological formations. And at just over an hour and 45 minutes from our house, perfect for a day trip. There is a lot of camping in the area too. We didn't explore off the main tracks, but we'll be back to explore more of the trails in the area and to do some hiking.

Couple photos from today's adventure.

















 
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100acre

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Because it takes me up to 3-5 minutes to upload some of these pictures due to my connection, I'll just post up this link to the Dog Creek Pictographs from Umpqua NF. They can be reached off of OR 138 just east of Roseburg. It's a nice drive up NFS road 78 which becomes Rock Creek Rd=26-3-1 and that's all I remember-or can find after scouring Benchmark R&R atlas, although it's on pages 72-73, to a point where one then needs to hike what seemed like three miles on a moderate to difficult trail to the cave. It about kicked my butt coming back up to the truck. The whole time I hiked to, was at and hiked back to the truck I felt like I was being watched. Once I got back on the NFS road heading back down the mountain a very large Golden Eagle dropped in and surfed my "air wave" about 15' in front of my truck at about 10' off the ground for what seemed like a mile. I didn't dare slow down to try to get to a camera, but it's a moment I'll never forget! What a magical experience!
I have about 100 photos from the cave but again because of my connection I will only post a few.

http://rockartoregon.com/umpqua-rock-art

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Grilled Tees

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Sold off my rovers and going to do something with a FWC so step one was to get a better truck - my buddy in Boise was selling his F-250 diesel so got a ride out there picked it up and was planning to get a cheap grandby on the way back but the guy sold it the day before so we camped along the way back - kids had fun hoping to find one before mountain rendezvous other wise will have to make something homemade for the back

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#13
Any trail book or trail recommendations near Bend?

Looking for Telluride/Ouray Colorado-style trails similar to Blackbear, Poughkeepsie, Engineer, and Imogene.

Asking for a friend.:jeep
 

Herbie

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#14
Oregon folks - Can anyone point me to your favorite trail-guides, maps, etc. for your areas? (Either available online or free/cheap maps I can order from various agencies - I've got time to have things mailed)

Also seeking advice on areas to be sure to hit (and avoid) with regard to points of interest, wine, beer, biting insects, and too many tourists. Luxury detours where a family of dirty overlanders could pull in, clean up, and go snooty for a night or three also welcome...

Explanation:
It looks like COVID-19 has scuttled our planned trip to Europe for June/July. This was supposed to celebrate our 20th anniversary, a trip we've been planning for literally years. While I unroll all the reservations I made for that trip, I'd like to sketch out a theoretical (reservation-free) roadtrip from SoCal to Oregon to use some or all of the vacation time we've already got approved. I acknowledge that it's hard to know right now what/if things will be open for travel in a few months, but I'd like to have a trip plan ready to go should things open up. I'm an obsessive planner, so this would normally be the kind of thing I build out over the course of months, but here we are.
 

Dave

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I think if you follow PCH aka the 101 north to Astoria you will find all that you seek and more.

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Finn

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Oregon folks - Can anyone point me to your favorite trail-guides, maps, etc. for your areas? (Either available online or free/cheap maps I can order from various agencies - I've got time to have things mailed)

Also seeking advice on areas to be sure to hit (and avoid) with regard to points of interest, wine, beer, biting insects, and too many tourists. Luxury detours where a family of dirty overlanders could pull in, clean up, and go snooty for a night or three also welcome...

Explanation:
It looks like COVID-19 has scuttled our planned trip to Europe for June/July. This was supposed to celebrate our 20th anniversary, a trip we've been planning for literally years. While I unroll all the reservations I made for that trip, I'd like to sketch out a theoretical (reservation-free) roadtrip from SoCal to Oregon to use some or all of the vacation time we've already got approved. I acknowledge that it's hard to know right now what/if things will be open for travel in a few months, but I'd like to have a trip plan ready to go should things open up. I'm an obsessive planner, so this would normally be the kind of thing I build out over the course of months, but here we are.
We are taking a similar trip in September. Starting with a couple days in Yosemite (If it doesn’t close again) and then to PCH and up to Olympic National Park. Along the cost it seems most camping areas need reservations. There is not a whole lot of dispersed camping until you go inland.
 
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