Owyhee Spring Loop

Rome, Oregon

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The ride is 11.7 miles. It is formed by following a gravel road and old double-tracks. The gravel road is in good condition with minor washboarding and some loose gravel. The double-tracks have seen better days. They contain ruts and rocks, and there is a stretch of roadbed that is canted off to the side. The outing involves a loop of 7.5 miles and a 4.2-mile out-and-back spur. It's an easy ride with a bit of moderately difficult climbing. The gravel road takes you up through a shallow gulch-the double-tracks wander about through the desert. Highlighting the double-track riding is an overlook that provides a good view of the river. The loop is just south of Rome, a tiny community on US 95. This town is about 13 miles east of the intersection of US 95 and OR 78 at Burns Junction.

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"The ride is 11.7 miles. It is formed by following a gravel road and old double-tracks. The gravel road is in good condition with minor washboarding and some loose gravel. The double-tracks have seen better days. They contain ruts and rocks, and there is a stretch of roadbed that is canted off to the side. The outing involves a loop of 7.5 miles and a 4.2-mile out-and-back spur.

It's an easy ride with a bit of moderately difficult climbing. The gravel road takes you up through a shallow gulch-the double-tracks wander about through the desert. Highlighting the double-track riding is an overlook that provides a good view of the river. The loop is just south of Rome, a tiny community on US 95. This town is about 13 miles east of the intersection of US 95 and OR 78 at Burns Junction."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Rome
Distance: 11.7
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Spring and fall are best, avoid when wet.
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 3,900 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management Vale District Office 541-473-3144
Local Maps: Bureau of Land Management Vale District Recreation Guide / Jordan Resource Area, USGS Scott Reservoir and Rome
Driving Directions: Directions to Owyhee Spring Loop

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May 2018