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Farewell Trail

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Length
3.0 miles
Elevation
1296'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Rob Landauer May 22, 2017 at 8:06 amTrail is clear of snow and trees for 2 miles (5800 ft), about .1 miles from the start of the steady downhill. A few small snow patches on the way up but then hit consistent 4 foot piles. Now's the time to get it before it's all blown out!
  • Rod Bien May 12, 2017 at 8:46 amRan the creek trail and up Farwell the other day. Some small snow patches but basically clear for about 1.5 miles up the trail (5650 feet) and then it gets real.... But, if you want a little extra climb and the views, you can get a nice extra climb in on a ride/run.
  • Joe Myers November 23, 2016 at 6:52 pmRode down from Mrazek today. Perfect fat bike conditions. Maybe 4-6" up top and quickly getting down to 2" or so. Super fun!
  • Peter Sussmann November 4, 2016 at 3:15 pmAll clear...
  • Peter Sussmann November 4, 2016 at 3:14 pmAll clear...??
  • Jason Gockel October 31, 2016 at 5:19 pmA new tree down near the middle of the trail during the steep switchbacks. Also, 1-2 in of snow on the top 1/4 on the trail
  • David Caplan October 29, 2016 at 3:34 pmCut out the one tree down at the top this AM. Also brushed out some other tight spots with a couple of helpers. Should be riding as fast and good as it gets when it dries out a bit more.
 

Trail Description

The Farewell Trail is a ripping decent from Mrazek down to Tumalo Falls parking area. Most riders will park at the Skyline Sno Park since Tumalo Falls is often crowded with cars, especially during the busy tourist season. Note that parking at Tumalo Falls requires a Northwest Forest Pass (or you can pay at the kiosk).

Farewell is similar to Southfork in terms of elevation loss dropping over 1200′ in 3 fast miles, but it gets a lot less use since there’s no shuttle option.

Epic views of the cascades, steep terrain, rocky technical sections, loose shale lines and tight switchbacks mark this amazing trail. It’s 2-way trail, but few people ride up. There are some great viewpoints along the way and it’s become the go to photo backdrop for Bend mountain biking.

A popular loop is to climb up Northfork, traverse Metolius-Windigo to Mrazek, then back down Farewell.

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Trail Reports » Farewell

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  1. Rob Landauer says:

    Trail is clear of snow and trees for 2 miles (5800 ft), about .1 miles from the start of the steady downhill. A few small snow patches on the way up but then hit consistent 4 foot piles. Now’s the time to get it before it’s all blown out!

  2. Rod Bien says:

    Ran the creek trail and up Farwell the other day. Some small snow patches but basically clear for about 1.5 miles up the trail (5650 feet) and then it gets real…. But, if you want a little extra climb and the views, you can get a nice extra climb in on a ride/run.

  3. Joe Myers says:

    Rode down from Mrazek today. Perfect fat bike conditions. Maybe 4-6″ up top and quickly getting down to 2″ or so. Super fun!

  4. Peter Sussmann says:

    All clear…??

    1. Peter Sussmann says:

      All clear…

  5. Jason Gockel says:

    A new tree down near the middle of the trail during the steep switchbacks. Also, 1-2 in of snow on the top 1/4 on the trail

  6. David Caplan says:

    Cut out the one tree down at the top this AM. Also brushed out some other tight spots with a couple of helpers. Should be riding as fast and good as it gets when it dries out a bit more.

  7. Heidi H-P says:

    Still one tree down at the top, plus some soft corners and squishy spots. This trail is a favorite of peds and their dogs these days too. Damp beats dusty, despite a few squishy spots.

  8. Alex Marganski says:

    One tree down at the top, besides that it was good

  9. Natalie Herse says:

    Relatively tacky after the recent precip. :)

  10. Rob Lindberg says:

    Descended Farewell 7/19/16. Recent rains helped, still moon dust in some corners. Overall in good shape.

    1. Rode it last night (Sept. 2nd). Lower corners are really deep, soft dust. Upper part is still riding pretty good. Bring your goggles if your going to be following someone!

  11. Mike Schmeiske says:

    Upper section before the historic burn is riding well, but after that expect any significant corner to be moon dust.

  12. Dustin Balderach says:

    Thanks for all the hard work to clear the blow down and repair the trail!

  13. Joe Myers says:

    Cleared today by Cog Wild and Robert Axle Project. WOOT

  14. Eric Kutter says:

    As Richard said, lots of trees towards the top including a couple huge ones (3′ in diameter). No snow. Then a bunch of trees on Mrazek but Phil and Mike (I believe) were busy working there way up with a chainsaw between the last two road crossings. Thanks guys.

  15. Richard Turner says:

    Just rode Farewell Bend to Mrazek to Shevlin today (6/2/16), The last 2/3 mile near the top of Farewell Bend had 60 downed trees, it was clear to that point and a great big THANKS to whoever had been out there clearing the blowdown up to that point
    because somebody was workin for sure. From the intersection of Farewell and Mrazek towards Shevlin (Bend) there were 130 downed trees in the first probably 2 miles. After the rock outcrop/view area heading towards Bend/Shevlin there were only 7-8 more trees down in the next mile. About half of all of these trees were 4-8in in diameter and could be cleared with a bunch of guys with hand saws. The other half were 10-15 in with one tree on upper Farewell that was probably 34 in in diameter and maybe a tad larger. So in total, close to 200 trees down. I just ventured up Mrazek a hundred feet or so towards Rd 4601 and Happy Valley and saw a dozen trees down in that short distance. It’s gonna take a lot of work to clear things out up there.

  16. Heidi H-P says:

    Per friend’s report from two days ago: frequent downed trees start just before radio towers on Mrazek and continue until about halfway down Farewell. There is more bike hiking than riding and seemingly more downed trees than standing.

  17. Shane DeMars says:

    Well the FS didn’t lie. There are three trees down that are easy to get over. Then there’s another three which are a challenge, and a massive root buttress which pulled out and eliminated about a 15′ chunk of trail (easy to walk around) but that’s pretty much it and no snow till 5800′ (less than a mile from the end). At that point things get bad – real bad. There sporadic snow, but it’s the incredible number of downed trees that prevent progress. Seriously, it’s going to take a lot of work to cut those out.

  18. Joe Myers says:

    Three trees down on Farewell. Easy to get over. Report from the FS

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