King/Castle Happy Ride

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Sir Bonksalot
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The King/Castle Happy Ride is fast approaching. I made the trip to the top on Saturday and Brock's right, the juice is worth the squeeze. There are more than a couple oranges to squeeze on this ride, but it's a good opportunity to tune up your fitness and technical skills before summer/MBO while having an awesome time.

The scenery at the top and along the the trail on the way to the top is beautiful. It'll also give you a small taste of the amazingness that O'Leary/King trail will have to offer when the high country dries out (an IMBA "Epic" trail). If you're in need of practice on switchbacks, or you enjoy their challenging nature, this will give you ample opportunity to test yourself. I enjoyed this enough where I might turn around and do it again here in a couple weeks, even though I'm not really a fan of the uphill stuff.

Here's my GPS data - I started at a nearby cabin and rode singletrack to a gravel road, then went up the gravel road a little ways (just for a change of pace) and then back onto the singletrack to the summit. Singletrack all the way down, of course. Subtract the first 1/2 mile as it was my cabin commute.

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- Jeff Green

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Brock
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I REALLY like Happy Rides, it's why I started them. I really like King Castle...but I won't be able to be there. Don't feel bad for me though. I'll be in Colorado riding some of my favorite trails of all time...the home of my stoke for this gig.

Brock...

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

cmonkey1632
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Colorado!  My hometown!  Where in Colorado?  Crested Butte?  Share...

 

I'm going to the Happy Ride King's Castle. 

-Carley

"Life's a journey, so Ride On"~

 

Sir Bonksalot
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A change of scenery is good for the soul - have a great trip and keep the rubber side down. 

- Jeff Green

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Davey Sprockett
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Odds are a solid 50/50% I'll join this gig. Which is up at least 50% over where they were before I read this thread!

=D

Davey Sprockett

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Ogre
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There is an 87% chance Fiona and I will be there. 

We would like to carpool. We can either squeeze 1 extra person/ bike or maybe if someone else has 2 extra spots.

 

Jolly
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I plan on anouncing my presence twice as often as anyone else.

Jolly

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Jolly
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I plan on anouncing my presence twice as often as anyone else.

Jolly

Freedom is never found in safe places.

 

 

TofuRox
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Hi,  

I have never been to this trail. How would you rate the dog friendliness? Trying to decide if I should bring the crew or not. 

Thanks!

 

Kat

 

taylorj
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Hi Kat, 

I know I am treading into dangerous territory with this reply and potentially opening a Costco size can of worms, but as one of the DOD Happy Ride Captains, I do feel it appropriate to respond to this inquiry; Only — in concerns regarding safety and group-ride etiquette.  

Out of the gate, let me make it clear, I am a dog lover!  My dog Sheldon Brown is a ray of sunshine in my life and adopting him has brought me great joy.  Sheldon Brown does not join me on group rides; not because he is not well behaved, but because not everyone loves dogs and IMO, it simply is too dangerous for him and the riders in a group-ride setting.  I sure as heck don’t want to be the guy that runs over someone’s dog; nor do I want to be the rider that crashes because of someone’s dog getting in my way.  I am also aware of a rider getting bit by someone’s scared dog on a group-ride and not even a week ago, a friend’s dog ran off from the group and was lost for hours. Fortunately, he was rescued by a kind stranger on entirely different ride and returned to his emotionally distraught owners.

Please all, if you have any doubt that they will not be well behaved, stay with you, or otherwise be a potential danger in a group-ride setting, please -- consider leaving them home.

Many thanks everyone for your consideration on this subject.

- Josh 

Sir Bonksalot
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I agree strongly with what Josh said. I don't think DoD has a policy on this, and I know that it's fun to ride with your favorite furry trail buddies, but I don't feel group rides are an appropriate venue for bringing dogs for the reasons Josh listed. In my experience, more than 50% of the time they cause some kind of issue, stress, distraction, or hazard to riders even when they are reasonably well-behaved and physically fit. Often they get in someone's way, get lost, suffer an injury, get too tired, etc. My own preference is that dogs join in when it's not a group ride but just a solo/duo group. I get pretty annoyed when I have to curtail my riding to avoid running over a dog, even if I don't express it on site. 

 

To answer your question more directly, it's a slow and steady 4-5 mile climb and a very fast descent with lots of switchbacks. 

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jaewannabe
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Sir Bonksalot wrote:

I agree strongly with what Josh said. I don't think DoD has a policy on this, and I know that it's fun to ride with your favorite furry trail buddies, but I don't feel group rides are an appropriate venue for bringing dogs for the reasons Josh listed. In my experience, more than 50% of the time they cause some kind of issue, stress, distraction, or hazard to riders even when they are reasonably well-behaved and physically fit. Often they get in someone's way, get lost, suffer an injury, get too tired, etc. My own preference is that dogs join in when it's not a group ride but just a solo/duo group. I get pretty annoyed when I have to curtail my riding to avoid running over a dog, even if I don't express it on site. 

 

To answer your question more directly, it's a slow and steady 4-5 mile climb and a very fast descent with lots of switchbacks. 

50% of the time I am the cause of some sort of issue on a ride, I crash, I cause others to crash, I create distractions, I run into people, I have been lost, I break my bike and cause the group to adjust their stoke because of me, I've gotten too tired and had to take a break before I could continue, I get stung by 30 bees and required some extra help, I run into trees. I am a riding hazard. Being a smart ass I'd say that I should be limited to Solo/duo rides but my main point is that stuff happens on rides nomatter if its a four legged variety or a two legged like myself. 

Policy's in my opinion can become a limiting factor in in the participation of individuals and the making of policies can hinder growth of an organization. 

We are all individuals and there is nothing wrong with that.

see ya,

james the wannabe like..........

 

S.S.Litson
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Hi Kat, 

As to the question what kind of trail is this pertaining to dog friendliness...I would rank it consistent to the Hiyu Ridge to Box ride we did last summer only cut it in a 1/3. The terrain is mostly loam with the exception of the top. Is slow climbing and super fast descending.

In general, I agree with the others in regards to group rides and dogs. I also know people bring theirs and that's fine (with me) so long as they are responsible owners (let others enjoy their ride while you manage your dogs). Having ridden an epic with you and your dogs, I would ride almost any trail with them again. You are an excellent dog raising MTB'er and they are excellent MTB dogs.

From Hiyu to Box these two never deviated from your wheel. Most impressive as that ride ISN'T for the faint at heart.

 

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Shawn Litson

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TofuRox
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Thanks Shawn!!! That means so much  :)

I put in a lot of work for my crew to be good ambassadors for trail dogs.  "Pup" sweep for the group typically works out quite well :)

Turns out the dogs will stay at home this time because they will have someone to hang out with. SO no  worries to those that expressed concern. 

Kat

 

TofuRox
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Thanks Shawn!!!

That means so much  :)

I put in a lot of work for my crew to be good ambassadors for trail dogs.  "Pup" sweep for the group typically works out quite well :)   

Turns out the dogs will stay at home this time because they will have someone to hang out with. SO no  worries to those that expressed concern. 

Kat

 

jrpdesign
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I might actually be able to get on my bike this weekend!

Car pool anyone?

Justin P.

PS text me if interested I don't check the forum much.

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sibiliayoung
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What are the driving directions to the ride start?  The link on the ride description is broken. 

Dennis Sibilia-Young

taylorj
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Hi Dennis,

Check this out

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=81246

Also, Eriel who will be the Captain on this ride will have an alternative parking option for everyone nearbye.

Stay tuned.  I will nudge her to post up ASAP with this info.

Have fun out there!

 

- Josh 

Sir Bonksalot
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If you've passed the Blue Sky Market on Hwy 126 (formerly Harbick's) then you've just passed the turnoff. 

Turn right (from Hwy 126) onto McKenzie River Drive (or follow the sign to McKenzie River Cottages) in the community of Rainbow. Continue on the road until you get to the covered bridge - cross the covered bridge and then turn left. The trailhead is only about 1/4 mile or so on the right. 

 

 

- Jeff Green

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S.S.Litson
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Is the covered bridge open? Last time I was there (it's been a few weeks) it was closed for repair (covered bridge repair is inherently slow).

Shawn Litson

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Sir Bonksalot
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Yeah it was open a couple weeks ago. 

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tbmaddux
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What a great day. My first time riding this trail and now I'm kicking myself for not riding it sooner.

I didn't realize until this morning that the section just below the 480 Rd after coming off Castle Rock was new as of 2016. Incredible work.

I've posted an update to the map and description on Trailforks that reflects the changes. Hoping the moderators approve it soon.

https://www.trailforks.com/trails/kingcastle/

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