I’d like to get information about bicycling the entire length of the OC&E Woods Line State Trail. I’d like to hear from someone who has actually done it. I’m interested in the best type of bicycle to use, is an off-road touring bike OK (Salsa Fargo, for instance), recommended tire size, water availability (streams, creeks, etc.), location of the trailhead in the Sycan Marsh, and so on. I haven’t been able to get much information from people who have cycled on the trail. Thanks.
I have not been on the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, but I found some people who have. Most helpful was Zach Gilmour at Hutch’s Bicycles in Klamath Falls (541-850-2453). He has ridden most of the trail and here is what he says:
Best type of bicycle to use: “It’s soft gravel for nearly all of it (the last seven or eight miles of it closest to Klamath Falls are paved). For what I’ve ridden on the unpaved portion of that trail, a wide but low knob 29’er tire would do the trick perfectly.”
Water availability (streams, creeks, etc.): “As far as water stops goes, it’s pretty bleak out there for any kind of civilized water. The trail runs very close to and crosses Sprague River and Five Mile creek at several locations. You would be best off bringing water filtration.”
Location of the trailhead in the Sycan Marsh: “For the location of the Sycan Marsh trailhead I actually did a bit of digging around. Nobody I knew has ever been out there so I called the park ranger responsible for that area. The closest access to Sycan Marsh is from Horse Glade trailhead. Apparently there is a gap in the trail that was put in to deter motorized vehicles from driving on it between those two locations (there are endangered species in the marsh). To his knowledge it should be accessible to bikes and hikers still. You should be able to access the Horse Glade trailhead off of Ivory Pine road and turning on road 27″
and so on: “We get people from time to time asking about this section of trail but I have yet to hear of anybody that has traveled it. The park ranger even admitted a degree of ignorance to specifics of things out there. It seems to be a very remote area. If you do make the trip, I would really like to hear about it!” I do have first-hand knowledge of many of the dirt roads and ATV trails in the land just south west of Sprague River. If travels bring you through there I should probably be more helpful.“
I also found this journal on crazyguyonabike.com. It has some good info, but is a little dated… 2008. I hope this helps you plan your trip. I can’t say enough about how helpful the folks were at Hutch’s with my questions and they can also help you if you have more specific questions or need supplies before your ride.
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erin coye says…
Just a quote from my journal at Crazyguy.
I really wanted to ride the far north and east sections of this this trail but the road is better.
Eventually the road smoothed out. I was making such good time and decided to push on to the rail trail. I found the OC&E rail trail but it had not officially started yet and dead ended into some nature conservancy land. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time looking at my GPS and praying I would get to some tar. Eventually I found the paved road but night had arrived. It was a beautiful COLD starry night. The formal camp I arrived at was less a rail trail stop and more a BLM dry site. OOOPS. My 20 degree bag had a workout and the last of my water froze that night.
Horse Camp OC&E to State Line Park
In the morning I took a look gander at the rail trail but it did not look in good shape. The road was fine and I landed on OR 140 in no time at all. The OC&E parallels OR 140 until the ex lumber town of BLY. Don’t even try to ride it. The surface is awful and there were a few locked gates. I stopped at the first diner in Bly for a real breakfast with some folks packing serious fire power in their trucks. (Hunting season)
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