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Barlow Road Professional Review and Guide
"Highlights: This is the overland route of the Oregon Trail into the Willamette Valley. Interpretive signs along the way will give you a sense of what the pioneers went through at the end of their journey to Oregon. Expect some fun riding as the road descends, climbs, and then descends again. Wooden posts emblazoned with a wagon wheel logo mark the entire length of the Barlow Road. Tread: 17.5 miles of rough doubletrack jeep road. Hazards: Some loose corners; watch for occasional horses and 4-wheel-drive vehicles."
--Scott Rapp, Mountain Biking Portland (Falcon Guides).
We hiked the Barlow Road with five Boy Scouts over a three-day/two-night period. We started near the site of the orignal tollgate and hiked from east to west finishing at the Pioneer Women's Grave near Barlow Pass. We enjoyed the hot dusty high country and the transition to a cooler, denser forest. The first watering hole was Immigrant Springs, kind of small, but it tasted good. We camped the first night at Forest Creek Camp, a beautiful, quiet campground with a great creek running beside it. The second day there was adequate water at all of the springs and the boys enjoyed lunch and the river at White River Station. The second night we camped at Grindstone where there is a creek several hundred yards away. Overall we (the boys AND adults) enjoyed it greatly, but I would not recommend drving the "Barlow Road".
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