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Old 05-29-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Prospect OHV area - Info please

Hey guys -

I'm planning a riding/camping trip with a few buddies to the Prospect OHV area Aug 23rd to 27th. Most of us are from Cali or New Mexico so we know nothing about the area. No real plan yet other than to get 3 full days of riding in. Most of us will be on plated bikes and some may not be. Everyone is a skilled rider and we all will be riding small bikes.

I'm looking for suggestions on.....

Camping spots - We will probably drive up in our trucks and tent camp this trip. Campgrounds with showers would be nice.

Motel -Might be an option If there is a cheap motorcycle friendly place nearby.

Trails - Looking mostly for some tight single-track, woods and scenic views. Whooped out crap or fire roads is not what I'm looking for, got plenty of that around here.

Eats - Any good local place that are a must?

Private guide - If anyone wants to join us and show us the super secret good stuff we would pay you to do so. Payment would be in the form of a combination of beer, Tri-tip and laughter. The laughter will be provided on the trail andd around the campfire, guaranteed.

So what say you? Are there any hardcore riders out there that want to show us the lay of the land?
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:02 AM   #2
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Hey guys -

I'm planning a riding/camping trip with a few buddies to the Prospect OHV area Aug 23rd to 27th. Most of us are from Cali or New Mexico so we know nothing about the area. No real plan yet other than to get 3 full days of riding in. Most of us will be on plated bikes and some may not be. Everyone is a skilled rider and we all will be riding small bikes.

I'm looking for suggestions on.....

Camping spots - We will probably drive up in our trucks and tent camp this trip. Campgrounds with showers would be nice.

Motel -Might be an option If there is a cheap motorcycle friendly place nearby.

Trails - Looking mostly for some tight single-track, woods and scenic views. Whooped out crap or fire roads is not what I'm looking for, got plenty of that around here.

Eats - Any good local place that are a must?

Private guide - If anyone wants to join us and show us the super secret good stuff we would pay you to do so. Payment would be in the form of a combination of beer, Tri-tip and laughter. The laughter will be provided on the trail andd around the campfire, guaranteed.

So what say you? Are there any hardcore riders out there that want to show us the lay of the land?
Campgrounds with showers would be nice. Sound like Kalifuckingfornians!!

Not much single track at Prospect. Golden Stair is about the best, Twin Lakes and Minnehaha are nice

Eats? Do you like pie?
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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Camping at Union Creek is pretty nice. There are other campgrounds near there, Mill Creek, Natural Bridge, Huckleberry (primative/remote). None of these have showers, but are near the Rogue River, if you like being near water. The campsites tend to be small(er) and significantly forested (pretty good privacy). They are nearest the Prospect OHV area.

The nearest campground I’m aware of that has showers is Joseph Stewart State Park
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=23 It is further from the Prospect OHV area, but not much further. The campground is much more spacious, the spaces for parking are larger and the sites are larger. It is off the mountain a bit and is grass with some trees here and there. It is at Lost Creek Reservoir (pretty large lake for fishing, boating, swimming).

Prospect is a little remote, however, the Historic Prospect Hotel http://prospecthotel.com offers intimate hotel rooms (if you’re bringing wives) or motel rooms that are less fancy. They have a dinner house and full bar. The owner, Fred, is a motorcyclist.

Union Creek also has a lodge with cabins for rent. I don’t know if they have food there, but across the street is Beckie’s http://www.unioncreekoregon.com/beckies.htm . They are famous for their pie, but have breakfast, lunch and dinner, kind of a rustic burger place.

I think Shady Cove is the nearest full-service city, a couple/few hotels, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:10 AM   #4
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The Prospect area is relatively large and there are plenty of places to ride, but you might also consider parts 2 and 3 of the OBDR http://oohva.org/ . Route 2 and 3 are relatively close to where you will be, maps and gps info is available and it might open up even more riding for your group. A ride to Diamond Lake from Prospect might make for a pretty good loop. You might have an issue with non-plated bikes though.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:15 AM   #6
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Get bored with the mostly two track that Prospect has to offer, PM me
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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Back in 2008 there was a West Coast Ninja 250 meet up to "ride Crater Lake" and the surrounding areas. A bunch of Ninja 250 riders rode up from the SF Bay Area. We rented a cabin in Union Creek. The "cabin" we stayed at was really a very nice former FS house. Three bedrooms, hot water, shower, the whole deal.

It was very affordable. (Something about people who tour on Ninja 250s and KLR riders...) I would do it again in a heartbeat. You'd have a base to ride from and all the comforts of home.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info guys. One of my buddies booked a cabin for our trip somewhere near by. I guess most in our group aren't too worried about finding challenging ST, just looking for some nice new sceanery. I guess we are getting to that age.....lol
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Just because I live and work relatively close, do you know if the cabin is the through the Union Creek Resort/Lodge/Cabins?
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:09 PM   #10
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Just because I live and work relatively close, do you know if the cabin is the through the Union Creek Resort/Lodge/Cabins?
I just checked my email and it is indeed Union Creek. Is this a good or bad thing...lol
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It's a good thing. You have Beckies across the street for eats, there is an ice cream shack, the store is there, all the riding can be accessed from there. You're in a very convenient location. You can even walk across the street and fish the Rogue River if you want to buy an out of state license from the store that is right there. If you don't have a great time it'll be because there is something wrong with you.

The only thing I can think of that might be an issue is they don't have gas in Union Creek. Union Creek is really just the store, cabins with a restaurant and campground across the street. Gas isn't far, but you might want to bring some gas cans for the bikes so you can fill up at the cabin for the days ride. Then you can drive down to Prospect to get more when needed. So, depending on how much riding you do, you might find it convenient to have the spare gas handy.

If you find yourself in Prospect (i.e., for gas), I'd try to go to the Historic Prospect Hotel for dinner or drinks. The owner Fred can be a talkative guy that rides a m/c. Prospect is off the highway, so you're just cruising along on Hwy 62 and there are signs to turn off the highway to get to Prospect (North of Joseph Stewart State Park/Reservoir and South of the Prospect Ranger Station).

Just logistically, if you need stuff on your way, Medford is the big town with a Costco (you'll probably get off Interstate 5 at Medford). They've almost always got tri-tip and a small selection of beer and a large selection of wine at Costco, ice too.

If you drink liquor, you should buy it in California. Liquor stores here are state stores and usually 30% or higher prices than California, and since they are state stores, they are more limited in selection and location. We typically buy $500 of liquor any time we're in California. There is a Super Wal Mart in Eagle Point (on your way out of Medford toward Union Creek). Obviously they have just about everything.

On your way, past Eagle Point, you might want to get gas in Shady Cove if you don't at Costco in Medford (cheaper at Costco) as the stations are right along the rode way (in Prospect it's a little less convenient and a little more expensive, but most convenient out of Union Creek).
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:41 AM   #12
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^^ just what I was looking for^^

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Campgrounds with showers would be nice. Sound like Kalifuckingfornians!!

Not much single track at Prospect. Golden Stair is about the best, Twin Lakes and Minnehaha are nice

Eats? Do you like pie?
Yeah, us Kalifuckingfornians like a shower after a long day of riding. We even us soap.

Pie - Why do I think this is a loaded question?....lol

Aug 23rd to 28th - come show us the good shit.
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Beckie's was (relatively) recently written up in a magazine or something as having the best pie. It's across the street from where you're staying.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #15
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Took the dogs to the beach today and when I got home I had a nice big envelope on my mailbox. Open her up and its filled with info, brochures, fishing guide and maps of the area.

Thanks ace!
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