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#1 KarlFJ40

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 06:11 AM

My kids have a soccer tournament in Bend this August and I am looking to tie in a section of the OBDR in our PowerWagon with FWC Granby either pre or post. 

Any advice for sections that would not be passable in a full size truck?

Any spots to hike in for fishing (my kids main concern!)

Any advice would be welcome.

thanks,

karl


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#2 MaxSand

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 01:59 PM

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#3 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:38 PM

My kids have a soccer tournament in Bend this August and I am looking to tie in a section of the OBDR in our PowerWagon with FWC Granby either pre or post. 

Any advice for sections that would not be passable in a full size truck?

Any spots to hike in for fishing (my kids main concern!)

Any advice would be welcome.

thanks,

karl

Karl, where are you starting from?  There's a ton of nice routes out there.

 

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 03:56 PM

We are starting outside North Bend, WA and will be in Bend for the tourney.
Most of the videos I’ve been watching are adventure bikes and Taco/Jeep size vehicles.
We have recovery gear but will be solo and don’t want to set up a “I told you so” moment w the Mrs. and have to turn back is too tight for our rig.
I plan to buy the full Oregon map set and place waypoints
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#5 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:46 PM

Look for areas along the John Day and Malhuer Rivers. South of the towns of John Day and Prairie City. You can stay on pavement and/or gravel, get close to fishing for the kids and find some trails. Steens Mountain south of Burns is a nice area. Be prepared for mosquitos.
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 04:59 PM

Fish Lake Campground at Steens Mtn is a nice campground on the lake with toilets, fresh water, and access to stocked trout fishing in the lake for the kids. One end of lake has campsites largely in shade while the other end is mostly in the sun.

Several great overlooks into the Alvard Desert basin.

May even see large flock of sheep with shepherds, dogs, horses, & mules. They sometimes come to the lake for water.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 07:53 PM

Fish Lake Campground at Steens Mtn is a nice campground on the lake with toilets, fresh water, and access to stocked trout fishing in the lake for the kids. One end of lake has campsites largely in shade while the other end is mostly in the sun.
Several great overlooks into the Alvard Desert basin.
May even see large flock of sheep with shepherds, dogs, horses, & mules. They sometimes come to the lake for water.
Paul


It’s spectacular up there, but before going,check with BLM Burns office to determine how much of the Loop road is open.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 03:24 PM

Will add a 👍 on checking whether the Loop is open. Several years ago, after a “normal” winter, they had just opened in late June. Calling the Frenchglen hotel may be helpful. And we stayed at the campground close by...worst mosquitos ever. Ended up renting one of the close by cabins to get my wife out of the bug cloud. That being said, I’d go again in a second. One of my favorite all time trips.

Edit: hopefully the Malheur Wildlife Station has reopened. It was still closed when we were there due to the damage “post-occupation”...no editorial intended.

Edited by Mighty Dodge Ram, 12 June 2019 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 03:57 PM

Refuge HQ is open.

I’ve seen the loop closed into August (and skied up there at that time). A call to BLM is your most reliable source of info.
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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:12 PM

The Crack in the Ground might be fun for your kids to explore.


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