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#1 windy

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:05 PM

Plannimg a short trip to Southeast Oregon early october. Got mountain bikes. Any suggestions?
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#2 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 11:14 PM

The Steens, Hart Mountain, Leslie Gulch, Succor Creek.

The first two for biking, know when hunting seasons are open.
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Posted 18 September 2019 - 02:54 AM


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#4 Taco around the world

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:28 AM

I second the Steens though being up to 9,000’ be prepared for snow.
Alvord lake lies east of the Steens is cool. The hamlet of Frenchglen is cute in a eastern desert sort-of-way
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#5 Mighty Dodge Ram

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 02:45 PM

Best time of the year for that area IMO. Have a great time!
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Posted 18 September 2019 - 05:01 PM

Let me add to the recommendation(s) of the Steens area-make sure to keep abreast of weather conditions.  The Sheldon  NWR is just south of there and Virgin Spring CG is usually a good stop for water and a soak in the hot springs.

 

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 06:01 PM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Looks like we have a destination!!!!! Now if I can just contain my excitement until it’s time to go!
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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:29 AM

Stop at Fields Station for a milkshake and a burger!!


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#9 Wandering Sagebrush

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:37 AM

Stop at Fields Station for a milkshake and a burger!!


Absolutely the best for 50 miles in any direction!
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Posted 19 September 2019 - 02:34 PM

And there is the Riddle Brother's Ranch and Diamond Crater.  

 

I'm heading to the Steens in a week or so.  In the past the food at Frenchglen had a reputation for excellency.  I couldn't get a reservation for dinner when I was there in 2013.  Has anyone heard how the food is now?  

 

Thanks Wandering Sagebrush for the reminder about the Fields milkshakes.  I had forgotten.  I think getting a milkshake is a wanderer's must-do even if it is windy, raining, or snowing.  I'll be getting one as I drive through.  


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