Chewaucan River Loop
ElevationAscent: 3,320' 1,012 m
Descent: -3,318' -1,011 m
High: 7,204' 2,196 m
Low: 4,316' 1,316 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A hefty loop with a fireroad climb, remote ten-mile singletrack descent, and views of the Oregon's Basin Range country.”— Gabriel Amadeus
Halfway through King Road, the tread changes to gravel and begins to moderately climb. You'll follow this with a five-mile grind up School House Road #020.
In all, you'll climb 2,500' on these quiet forest roads to reach the top of Morgan Butte. About halfway up, there's a nice, cool and clean spring—your only water on the route until the river. Once at the top, take a break on the fire lookout's deck and enjoy the views. Pick out Mount Shasta, Abert Rim, and if you're lucky, the Three Sisters in the distance.
The descent doesn't see a lot of use so there may be some blow-down after you wind your way through the upper meadows, but screaming through soft beds of pine needles makes it worth it.
Nearer the bottom, you'll find a few sections with a little more pedaling than you'd like, but no real climbs to speak of. Then it's a breezy pedal along seven miles of slightly downhill asphalt back to Paisley, where you can recoup at the Saloon or the nearby Summer Lake Hot Springs.
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Local Club: Klamath Trails Alliance
Jun 1, 2019: New Trails Open at Spence Mountain
May 23, 2019: Spence Trail Building Progress 5/23/19
May 23, 2019: Brown Mountain Trail Has Been Logged
Land Manager: USFS - Fremont & Winema National Forest Office