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Mountain Bike! Oregon
by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This was a beautiful ride. I started at Fish Lake and rode passed Lake of the Woods to the end of the trail. There is some climbing, but it is easy for an experienced mountain biker. It gradual up and downs through the forest. At time, the trail is exposed to a lava rock bed which adds interests and provides a view. The trail appears to be designed for bikes and there are no sharp, technical turns. At the end of the ride, I swam in the lake before driving back to Medford. Don't forget to bring $5 for a day-use permit.
If you are look for a leisurely ride through the forest, I recommend starting that the other end of the trail that is easily accessed from highway 140. Going south, drive passed both Fish Lake and the entrance to Lake of the Woods. You will see a large meadow. At the south end is a large rectangular parking lot with restrooms. Start here and ride on a flat trail to Lake of the Woods. The trail stays flat as you go around the Lake of the Woods and head towards Fish Lake. There is a moderate climb for several miles from Lake of the Woods to Fish Lake before you encounter any major climbing. Whenever you have had enough, you can just turn around for a beautiful, primarily downhill run to Lake of the Woods and a flat ride back to the car.
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