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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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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Bachelor's bike resort is downhill freedom

It's that day again when we all celebrate what it is to be American. And what better way to do that than through our national pastime, sitting.
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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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The Jedi trail is perfect for mountain-biking Padawans

Tucked in a remote valley and marbled with streams, Briggs Valley is a hidden gem, with miles of trails for mountain bikers.
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Prepare for the Spring Thaw

In two weeks, the Spring Thaw Mountain Biking Festival will be here. This long-standing event, now in its 23rd year, will bring racers and casual riders from near and far to Lithia Park.
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Take time to explore our local backroads

Some of the best days mountain biking for me are exploration days. Pick a fire road. Any fire road. Ride up it and see where it takes you. You never know what — or who — you'll come across.
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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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We can help build Prescott Park

It's an exciting time for Rogue Valley mountain bikers. The city of Medford's plan for Prescott Park on Roxy Ann Peak has us pumped. It may seem far off, but there is something all Southern Oregonians can do over the next few weeks to help make the project a reality.
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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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Introductions: A man and his bike

Introductions: A man and his bike

Let's face it. I'm addicted to dirt. On the street, it's variously called mud, earth or soil, but it's the same stuff. When I'm on it, I feel like I'm flying.
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