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Old 07-23-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge to Frenchglen

I am planning a solo trip to Steens Mountain.
  1. Based on latest info I have seen, it appears that wildfires are largely under control, pending, of course, new fires.
  2. I can't tell from my maps if the Plush Cutoff Road to Hart Mountain Road to Frenchglen Road to Rock Creek Roads are gravel or paved. Anybody know?
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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I am planning a solo trip to Steens Mountain.
  1. Based on latest info I have seen, it appears that wildfires are largely under control, pending, of course, new fires.
  2. I can't tell from my maps if the Plush Cutoff Road to Hart Mountain Road to Frenchglen Road to Rock Creek Roads are gravel or paved. Anybody know?
Thanks,
Bill
Fast, very fast, easy and applesauce smooth gravel, straight forever...
...Watch out when the corners do come up on you,... and you're going 70

except for the hill descending into Plush,
heavy washboard when I was there late last July, but I heard it had been regraded.

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Old 07-23-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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Just rode through Hart Mtn Refuge 2 days ago...

-Miller Homestead fire has been 95% contained and Long Draw is fully contained. Reportedly only minor mop-up operations going on(according to a local in Fields). We saw no smoke or fire activity.

Road from HMAR is graded smooth all the way down to Plush.

Enjoy the ride!
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for info guys. Doubt that I will run 70, but good to know that it is a smooth road.

I am starting out from Eugene and returning Vancouver, WA so I thought going through HMAR would let me see lots of new country, at least to me, that is.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:15 PM   #5
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Pretty easy riding, I did Hart mountain to the Alvord at night
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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Smooth and fast !!!!

Watch out for cows and other carbon based life forms.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:30 PM   #7
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Plush cutoff road is paved. You won't hit gravel until a few miles north of Plush, just before you enter the refuge, itself. You'll be on smooth gravel from there to where Rock Creek Road hits the highway south of Frenchglen.

Hope you're prepared for lots of mosquitos!
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Jealous! I did it twice last year. Spring the gravel was nicely graded. In October it was 45 miles of washboard.

Still a great ride. I morbidly want to see it all burned up. Just cuz.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #9
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Wasn't any gravel through the refuge when I rode it, just a nice dirt two track

Lots of fuckin wabbits though

And the 'lopes would come a running just to check me out, curious bastiges they are
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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Washboard?

Last year I went from Frenchglen through the HMR to Adel and back around to Fierld...the HMR dirt road was heavily washboarded; most on East 1/3...picking a speed [usually 45 +] to "float" on the washboard made the corners 'interesting'..did have antelope blitz across in front of me....man are they fast across uneven ground!

Oh yes, be certain to ride the entire Steen loop and not just the north side...the south leg of the loop is spectacular.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:46 AM   #11
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Thanks to all for the info. I am particularly excited to hear about the mosquitos, as they typically swarm to me. I just hope that the Steens Mountain mosquitos are not "big enough to stand flat-footed and breed a turkey"!
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:56 AM   #12
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Thanks to all for the info. I am particularly excited to hear about the mosquitos, as they typically swarm to me. I just hope that the Steens Mountain mosquitos are not "big enough to stand flat-footed and breed a turkey"!
Mosquito's aren't quite as bad up at Fish Lake on the Steens Loop Rd. on the Frenchglen side of the mountain.
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:27 PM   #13
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Just digging this thread up.. some good info, thanks!

In a few weeks I am going to head from the Alvord / French Glen over to the Paisley / Summer Lake area. What are the roads through and South of Hart Mountain like? Anyone been out there recently?

I'd like to stop at the hot springs on Hart Mountain, and then continue on to 140, and then 395 on up to Paisley.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:17 PM   #14
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I'm headed up to Hart Mt.,and Steens in mid July. 14 or 15th. I 'll be solo and would'nt mind a meet up.
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:38 PM   #15
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I was out there over the weekend. I've been out there about 15 times in the last seven years.

Are you talking about the road that goes from Guano Lake/Creek into the south end of the refuge?

The road that connects to Catlow Valley area is a freeway like the photo shows.
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