Rogue Rider: Lazy days at Lake Creek

It's happened.

Spring has snuck up on us once again, catching everyone by surprise.

Sometimes, you want to just take a slow, easy ride, drop a few gears and enjoy the scenery. That's exactly how I felt this week when I explored Lake Creek, a bucolic detour off the beaten path for most bikers.

It's also a mere 30 minutes from downtown Medford, about 13 miles up Highway 140. 

The hamlet is notable for its energetic historical society and preservation of its...

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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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