Pedaling the OC&E Woods Line State Trail
Some bicyclists call the OC&E Woods Line State Trail the best rails-to-trails conversion in Oregon.
Rails-to-trails takes abandoned railroad lines and turns them into pathways for bike riders, hikers and anyone else who wants to get some outdoor exercise.
The 100-mile-long Woods Line Trail runs east from Klamath Falls to Bly and then north, to Sycan Marsh, climbing just about 1,000 feet over a slow and steady grade.
Part of the adventure comes from the fantastic scenery and the chance to cross over a number of the original railroad trestles.
The trail is divided into seven segments, most of which are 15 miles or more in length. The first eight miles are paved and suitable for street bikes. From there on, the bed is mostly large stone and packed gravel, so a mountain bike with some sturdy tires is a must.
Because there are no restroom facilities and very few stores along the route, most bikers choose to ride only a segment or two that can be easily completed in a day.
Information and a downloadable brochure are available from the Oregon State Parks Web site, www.oregonstateparks.org/park_230.php. Or contact the Klamath Rails-to-Trails group at 541-884-3050.