North Fork - Farewell Loop

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15.5 Miles 25.0 Kilometers


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1,644' 501 m

Ascent

-1,641' -500 m

Descent

6,257' 1,907 m

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4,739' 1,445 m

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4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

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A great summertime lollipop... perfect for after work happy hour rides.

David Caplan

Overview

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

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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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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
Aug 9, 2015
Brian Weaver
Nov 4, 2014
Josh Rau
2h 45m
Oct 6, 2014
Josh Rau
Oct 17, 2013
Ke Wa
More blow down near top of Farewell section
Aug 29, 2013
East SideJ
W Serena — 2h 30m

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Great ride but several mile section between end of North Fork and the start of Farewell have literally 40 downed logs, serioulsy every 50-100 feet..these NOT are bunny hoppable, they are several feet high and take a bit of climbing to get around or over. I do have a better appreciation for what it takes to make these trails so fun though, so thanks to the folks that maintain them. Jun 26, 2016


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


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