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Old 01-04-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Bend in late April ?

The snow here in BC is great - but I'm thinking of a spring gettaway - maybe to Bend in late April. Probably 2 of us - me on a drz400, him on an F800. Looking to ride some desert and other different terrain than the woods and forest we have aplenty round the Kootenays. Last year I learned the value of motels rather than camping - esp if you cook in the room ;-). Anyone help me out with suggestions/resources/ links to plan this.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Avoid any hotels in La Pine or on 3rd St. in Bend (except the Red Lion).
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:53 PM   #3
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Avoid any hotels in La Pine or on 3rd St. in Bend (except the Red Lion).
The annual bedbug festival in Bend take up all the hotels (except the Red Lion) at that time?
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:32 AM   #4
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A possible option ( or not):

If you looking for single track don't read this.
During March and April quite a few of us ride the central Washington areas mostly south of Hwy 26 until some of the higher area open up for riding.
In Lewiston we get to ride all but about 2 weeks or so that we get a little snow or ice . Usually golfers are out too.
You could have a great time staying in a town like Waitsburg and riding the area. Check out some of the winter threads by 650x and liv2rydktms, or even some by me.
The Starbuck Chili Dog Festival is even in late march and that had bikes show up from all over central Washington the last time I went to it.

If I ever get to sleep I will be out riding my DR350 on gravel and dirt later today.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #5
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Late April is a great time. You might run into some snow at the higher elevations but most if not all should be gone. There are a lot of options but here are a few:

Places to ride:
Millican OHV
East Fort Rock OHV
Fremont Forest
Fandango Canyon

Places to see:
Hole in the Ground
Crack in the Ground
East Lake
Fort Rock
Fremont Point

Places to stay:
Lakeside Terrace-Christmas Valley
Summer Lake Hot Springs-Paisley
Silver Lake Motel-Silver Lake

Places to eat:
Cowboy Dinner Tree-Silver Lake
Silver Lake Cafe & Bar
Lakeside & Feed Barn in Christmas Valley
Pioneer Saloon & Homestead Restaurant-Paisley
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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3rd st hotels

When i first moved to Bend bout 4 months ago i stayed at the Cascade Lodge for about a month and a half because no one would rent to me with my dog, shes a wonderful loving pit bull.

Anyways great place, free continental breakfast, i cooked on my stove outside the room and they have a pool. A night there is like 40 dollars.

Highly recommend.

When you down this way give me a shout and Ill go riding with you and hopefully now my way around some more.


But yes most hotels on 3rd st are crap and not good with exception of Red Lion and Cascade Lodge.

If you go to The Cascade Lodge tell him Henry from Vermont sent you. We made a good relationship while i was there.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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Hole in the ground?

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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Wow, thanks guys - thats really helpful already :-) . The trip reports from the high desert adventures web site confirm that this is just the place to be - although SE WA will get a repeat visit another year (went through last year).
Anyone tell me what the best paper and GPS mapping for the area is - and where to get it. There seem to be a variety of USFS, and BLM resources out there - some way too detailed for what we want to do. We have Garmin GPS's and I've downloaded north west topo and oregon topo for map quest (via www.gpsfiledepot.com).
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The annual bedbug festival in Bend take up all the hotels (except the Red Lion) at that time?
Year-round tweaker fest...
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #10
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Three of us did a 900+ mile loop from Bend to Fields/Alvord up through Burns and Prineville lake last May and had a ball. One thing you might need is the card showing you did the safety course online for OHV areas. Easy and fast. If you do trails in say, East Fort Rock you need the card I think. If you've never been there that might be as far as you get
There is sooooo much to explore. You could spend a week around there. Check out theOHV card..http://licenseinfo.oregon.gov/index...._item_id=14265
Still, it's hard to beat BC for riding. My cousin just left on his way back to home in Kamloops.
Shoot me pm if you need our route.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:10 PM   #11
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Year-round tweaker fest...
Sounds like Tacoma. But Tacoma has no "legal" trails.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:04 PM   #12
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Hole in the ground?

YES! Here's a panoramic video from the top:



And a rider bud climbing out from the bottom:

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #13
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Tom, and I were there May 5th to 8th 2011 what a fun/great place. We had nice weather sun to snow. First two days were dry with broken clouds. Last day was a bit of sun, clouds and snow.

Tom last day before we left.



This was the last days ride.



Later on the last day.



We got stopped by snow just north of Chine Hat. We were on trail "50" if I remember. Had to back track. Big time fun. There was maps at the camp grounds along with a ranger to make sure that we had ORV tags to go with our plates. You might want to check and see if/what you will need being from BC eh.
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