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Old 03-08-2011, 05:27 PM   #61
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I'd like to wait until after the weekend before changing campgrounds. Could one of you locals check it out over the weekend? Would Ochoco divide be still snow covered? That's another way into the mining area I want to explore. If it's too snowy then I'll camp on the crooked river and ride out that way.
Whatever and whenever you decide is fine. I don't care, I'm just along for the ride.
Post up on last minute on St. Patty's day evening, the 17th, or Friday the 18th in the morning, I'll take the day off.
I'll look for your post, and I'll go wherever/whenever
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:37 PM   #62
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:44 PM   #63
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Whatever and whenever you decide is fine. I don't care, I'm just along for the ride.
Post up on last minute on St. Patty's day evening, the 17th, or Friday the 18th in the morning, I'll take the day off.
I'll look for your post, and I'll go wherever/whenever

The mining area I wanted to poke around is around 5,500 feet I just don't think we'll be able to get up in there. I'm with you, I just want a break and ride.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:59 PM   #64
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I'll try to get out Sunday or Monday afternoon to scout the Ochoco's, but I'm pretty sure I know what I'll find.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #65
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Here's a pic of Walton Lake, east of Prineville, last year on May 3rd. Walton lake is 5200'.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:17 PM   #66
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Trout Creek Road May 30th 2009:

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #67
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OK so as of now the recon list is big summit, wildcat, chimney rock by the crooked river,
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:54 PM   #68
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Thanks Madchap, let me know what you find, but Crooked River is looking better, There's Fossils and Petrified wood down the road a piece, Millican ORV right around the corner, and lots of BLM roads to ride to the east.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:04 PM   #69
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these wetside riders need to come over for the explore and report ride. Looks like you guys are having the fun by proxy,,GO FOR IT!
Same over here, even tho we are lower and warm-n-wet,, May is the clearing point for the roads I like to ride.
Ochoco, (paiute for willow) but back then,,they had salmon in the streams,,so,, forget that! Salmon swimming to Prineville?,, Nah! couldn't be,, not in them rivers!
Why would they go there? vacation specials?
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:39 PM   #70
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The mining area I wanted to poke around is around 5,500 feet I just don't think we'll be able to get up in there. I'm with you, I just want a break and ride.
oremike,
A lot of the Ochoco mining areas have fences around them with lots of big EPA/DEQ warning signs in multiple languages these days. Every mine in the Ochocos was a mercury mine and the residual levels of mercury in the soil at most of them are still considered unhealthy at best and downright dangerous at some.

The long range forecast is for another 10 days of snow/rain/both at 3500 feet. You guys would be way better off bringing snow machines.

Just sayin'...
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A lot of the Ochoco mining areas have fences around them with lots of big EPA/DEQ warning signs in multiple languages these days. Every mine in the Ochocos was a mercury mine and the residual levels of mercury in the soil at most of them are still considered unhealthy at best and downright dangerous at some.

Ah yes, the places I played when young! I was hoping the old cabins and mining junk was still around take pictures of. Seems like there were lots of Rattlesnakes in the area, though it's probably too cold to worry much about them now.

The long range forecast is for another 10 days of snow/rain/both at 3500 feet. You guys would be way better off bringing snow machines.

Just sayin'...
What do you think of the Crooked river area south of Prineville, is that going to be a better choice?
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:05 AM   #72
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27 miles east of Prineville, forecast for next Friday:


Friday: A chance of rain showers. Snow level 4400 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Friday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday: A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.



Chance Schmance. It's gonna be awesome weather
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:39 PM   #73
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Currently blowing 20mph with higher gusts, thunder storms and heavy rain predicted within a couple hours......don't think I'm going to be scouting any areas today!
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Wild cat is closed for the winter, and the road going up to wildcat mountain had some snow and ice patches, and I was riding two up so we turned around. BUT, all the campgrounds along the crooked river were nice and dry. Chimney rock was a good one, but the next one after that, cobblestone I think, seemed even nicer and farther away from the road. I'll put some pics up later. Oh and it was like 70% chance of rain today, and it didn't rain.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #75
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Ok, here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to truck my DR 650 and camp gear over to Crooked River. I'll arrive no later than Friday the 18th sometime. I'll stay at least untill Monday the 21st. There is a ton of riding in the area, everything from the Millican ORV to let's go to Burns or Post or Brothers on gravel, ect. I've got an ORV sticker and license plate so it's all good to me. There are a bunch of camp areas along the Crooked River I'll drive to the last one looking for an ADV pie plate in case somebody gets there before me. Not finding a ADV sign I'll go back to the best looking site and set up camp. red Ford Ranger, white DR 650. Just so you know it's me my paper plate will say ADD-ADV.
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