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North Fork - Farewell Loop

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15.5 Miles 25.0 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,644' 501 m

Ascent

-1,641' -500 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

6,257' 1,907 m

High

4,739' 1,445 m

Low

Shared By David Caplan

Conditions


All Clear 90 days ago
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A great summertime lollipop... perfect for after work happy hour rides.

David Caplan

Dogs Unknown

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The North Fork trail is open to bike travel in the uphill direction only. This loop should only be ridden in a clockwise direction.

Overview

When summer comes to Central Oregon and the trails at the lower elevations have become dusty and loose, this ride is a perfect antidote. It's a gorgeous climb through the woods along the North Fork, followed by a somewhat challenging descent down Farewell.

Description

Starting at Skyliner trailhead, ride the Tumalo Creek trail up to Tumalo Falls for a nice warm-up. Watch for oncoming bike traffic and hikers. From the parking lot at the falls, the North Fork trail climbs steeply at first, but soon becomes more moderate as it follows the gorgeous North Fork of Tumalo Creek. This section travels through some nice old growth forest and past numerous waterfalls.

About half way up, you'll cross the bridge over the creek and then continue climbing up to Happy Valley. Early in the summer, mosquitos can be an annoyance here. Take a right and head north onto the Metolius-Windigo trail and immediately cross another bridge over the creek. Climb to the intersection of the Metolius-Windigo trail and Road 370. Find the start of the Mrazek trail on the right and follow the tight and curvy trail until reaching the intersection with the top of the Farewell trail.

Turn right to head down the Farewell trail, the upper section twisting through the forest. The trail then crosses a rocky, open area, full of Indian Paintbrush and Lupine in early summer, with fantastic views. The bottom third of the Farewell descent has some challenging and loose sidehill and switchbacks, which takes some focus and control.

At the bottom, take a right on the road, cross the bridge, and find the Tumalo Creek trail on the left. Take this back to the trailhead, taking care on the high-speed romp not to run into any oncoming bikes or hikers.

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Sep 4, 2018
Angel Alvarez
Aug 30, 2018
Rob Guzzon
Aug 9, 2018
Shae Kosmo
Way fun! 5mi
Jun 15, 2018
Tara Clark
Sep 30, 2017
Clark Porter
Aug 27, 2016
Denise Johnston Lau
17 miles from where we parked
Aug 25, 2016
Mike Powell
Aug 11, 2016
Daniel Merkt-Blatz
Awesome ride! Climb is steady but very rideable, watch out for lots of hikers around Tumelo Falls

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  4.6 from 20 votes

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great ride but lots of hikers Jul 12, 2016

 
Excellent Loop. Many hikers on Labor Day weekend on the way up North Fork. I just smiled and took my time trying not to be a nuisance. Felt like I was lost for a portion of the route at the midway point but never took a wrong turn. The Farewell descent was epic. Huge views of the sections previously climbed and some sketch sidehill that forced the focus and some Zen. In fact, with all the moon dust in spots on the steep sidehill it's as if there was no trail. Serious pucker factor through those spots realizing I could not stop as there was no where to put a leg down. Got through in one piece and ready to do it again! Sep 7, 2016
David Caplan
Bend, OR
David Caplan   Bend, OR
check bendtrails.org for latest trail condition updates. Going to be until at least the end of June this year before this is melted out and the deadfall has been cleared. Apr 20, 2017

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