5/13/2009 12:55:56 PM
This is a rugged trail. The miles are not technical, but the trail surface in most places is a challenge because of the rolling friction from the rock bed. Last September 2008, we went to Oregon to ride parts of the OC & E trail. We camped at Horse Glade Campground. Nice Campground, quiet. The first day we pedalled to Sycan Marsh. The first mile was so rough, I almost gave up. But after a while I got used to pedalling with a lot of rolling friction and constant rock movement. The train trestle was awesome, and the edge of the Marsh was nice to see. The next day, we pedaled towards Beatty. One of the ranches we passed through had two people removing drift fences along the trail. The ranch was using the road surface for their trucks. At least their truck made an slightly easier surface to pedal. Nice country to pedal through. When we got to the flat near Beauty, we turned around. The flat areas were overgrown with bushes and grass. Next we camped in Klammath Falls. The paved trail out of Klammath Falls is nice. A mile after the pavement ends, the trail became difficult to ride. It looks like dirt is being brought in to make a better surface. Next day we started at Switchbacks Trailheads. First we went towards Sprague River, Nice trail on the hill. About a mile from Sprague River, the tail was reasonably over grown. Once on the flat after Sprague River the trail was okay, but lots of rolling friction. We pedaled the other way, past Switchback Trail head towards Dairy. The trail was great down the hill. Very nice. But this only lasted a couple of miles, then back to the major rolling friction from loose gravel. Beautiful scenery. Quiet trail. Good to go once. I would go again of the trail surface is improved.