Bolt Mountain short but sweet

The BLM recently finished widening and signage work on the multi-use Bolt Mountain trail, south of Grants Pass along the Applegate River, and it's a great mountain biking destination for riders looking for a technical challenge and beautiful views.

The trail begins at the top of Fish Hatchery County Park. Leave your car at the gravel parking lot at the entrance to the park — but make sure you pay the $4-per-vehicle day use fee. It's a small price to help maintain the...

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Speed and air at Alsea Falls

Sometimes, it takes a trip to the good old Pacific "North-wet" to appreciate how good we have it down here in Southern Oregon.

At the tail end of October, I heaved my mountain bike onto the back of my car and traveled north to visit a friend in Corvallis. While there, I visited one of Oregon's newest mountain bike trail systems, Alsea Falls. 

Situated between Eugene and Corvallis in the soggy Coast Range, the Alsea Falls Recreation Site, managed by the BLM, offers summer...

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New trails could garner scenic designation

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for trails to be nominated as scenic or regional, as well as bike paths for the Scenic Bikeways program.
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Shift into the Rose City spirit

Shift into the Rose City spirit

PORTLAND — Portlandia is pridefully weird, with its love of beards, bikes and crazy junk food. After a couple of high-calorie days here, I want to put the fetching little city on my handlebars and ride.

So I do.
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Applegate Lake's Payette Trail: The ride for the casual mountain biker

Sometimes it's not easy to get your friends onto the trails. To them, mountain biking may conjure images of uncontrolled downhill descents, hitting rocks and going tumbling over the handlebars, especially since all they own is a hybrid bike, or maybe an off-brand budget mountain bike with cantilever brakes and worn-out shocks.

If that's the case, there's still a place you can take them that won't bore even experienced riders. The trail around Applegate Lake is one of the most...

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What's in your Camelbak? Or how not to get stranded on the trail

Remembering to pack essential tools on even the most routine ride can save you from being a victim of Murphy's Law
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Rocket through the redwoods on the Little Bald Hills Trail

It's vacation season, and also fire season. That means it's a convenient time to put your mountain bike on or in your vehicle and head west, away from the perennially smoky valley, to the misty Oregon Coast.
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An ode to Roxy Ann mud

Most days when I want to take a quick ride, I feel that hefting my bike onto the back of my car and driving out to a trail destination kind of defeats the purpose.
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Shift into 'Slo-Mo'

Shift into 'Slo-Mo'

Buying a bicycle paved the way to new friendships and social activities when Phil Gagnon joined Siskiyou Velo Club more than 15 years ago.
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Touring wine country on wheels

Touring wine country on wheels

Mary Noble and her friends think that riding their bikes to local wineries makes everything taste better: the varieties of red, white and rose wines as well as their packed snacks.
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The emerald necklace

The emerald necklace

Cyclists and joggers know the Bear Creek Greenway as one of Southern Oregon's best places to get some outdoor exercise without traveling too far from home. But you don't have to be a diehard runner or a heart-pounding cyclist to enjoy an outing on the Greenway. There are plenty of things to see and do for those who opt for a slower pace.
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Families  on Wheels

Families on Wheels

From mountain parks to picturesque little towns and greenways, Southern Oregon offers all sorts of options for family-friendly bike rides.
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Pushing the limits

Pushing the limits

When Corey Hartgrave won the wheelchair division of Medford's Pear Blossom 10-mile race last Saturday, it was merely a warmup for a much bigger challenge.
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Getting there is half the fun (or more)

There are two basic ways to tackle a mountain on a bike. You can have someone shuttle you and your machine to the top, or you can start the old-fashioned way — from the bottom.
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Online vote could land grant for Prescott Park bike trail

Online voting started Monday for grant program that could help local mountain bikers build a showpiece "flow trail" in Medford's Prescott Park.
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Spring on the Mountain

Spring on the Mountain

A low-snow winter has meant that mountain bikers, not skiers, have been getting all the downhill action.
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How Eight Dollar Mountain ate my bike

Every scar on a mountain biker tells a story. If you ride for long enough, you're bound to crash. For me, the worst crash I had took me off of my old bike and onto a new one, and left me with an injury that I'm not sure will ever fully heal.
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Grinding the Granite in sunny Forest Park

Summer is making an early appearance this year. Thanks, global warming! This week, I took advantage of the sunny weather and visited Jacksonville's popular Forest Park for some great downhill.
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Striking fear into hikers' hearts

I've decided to adopt this rugged region as my namesake, and call myself "The Rogue Rider."
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Getting white knuckles on Little Grayback

On the first day of 2014, dozens of local mountain bikers converged on Applegate Lake to ride the trail that zigzags around its shore.
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