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Mountain Bike! Oregon
by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This is one of my favorite descents in the Oakridge area, and there are a lot of good ones. This singletrack feast combines steep, technical, switchbacks and fun, fast smooth pine needle surfaced trails. There are also great views of the cascades from Moon Point and Young's rock on the way down. Bring a camera and wear a helmet. I bit it pretty hard and broke my helmet and munched my shoulder. You can swim in the Willamette River after your ride.
Moon point is not for either the faint of heart or faint of lungs. The ride includes about a ten mile grind up a logging road, not too steep but a constant grade. On the way up, check out the wild rock formations. The descent has a lot of speed, a few little problems and some of the best open hillside meadows in the area. A great variety of forests with a touch of that 'central oregon' feel in an otherwise damp west side doug fir area. Grip it and rip it.
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