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Ridge Loop / Flagline Tie

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Length
2.5 miles
Elevation
582'
Rating
Forecast
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Deadfall on Trail?

Trail Reports

  • Ryan Pedersen November 17, 2019 at 1:48 pmCleared this morning.
  • BendTrails November 14, 2019 at 9:54 amstrange factoid: did you all realize that ridge loop is the ski trail name and that the actual trail is swampy dutchman from Ducthman all the way to swampy? :)
  • Ryan Pedersen November 14, 2019 at 9:39 amThanks for report on trees. Going by Bendtrails descriptions the section between Flag Tie and Vista is considered to be part of Swampy/Dutchman connector
  • Natalie Herse November 13, 2019 at 8:34 pmFreeze thaw mud and patches of frozen snow/ice (all rideable) just for a few hundred yards towards the top near Flagline Tie to the start of Vista Butte trail. Otherwise perfect down to Swampy Snopark. Two small trees down between Flagline tie and Vista intersection.
  • Ryan Pedersen September 23, 2019 at 4:35 pmAll clear. Thanks for the report
  • Zach Blickman September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am18" tree across the trail about 1/4 mile below the Flagline tie jct
  • Eric Kutter June 20, 2019 at 3:20 pmNo dead fall and only 2' of snow that'll be gone by this afternoon.
 

Trail Description

Ridge Loop connects the Swampy Lakes Sno Park to the junction of the Flagline Tie and the Swampy/Dutchman connector (where you can access a great photo opportunity at Vista Butte).

The trail is often used as part of a fun, high-country loop ride from Swampy Sno Park. Like other trails in the area, Ridge Loop is really prone to winter deadfall — so early season rides often mean climbing over or around lots of trees. Check out our post about clearing deadfall if you’re handy with a saw and want to help keep the route clear.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Ridge Loop

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  1. Natalie Herse says:

    Freeze thaw mud and patches of frozen snow/ice (all rideable) just for a few hundred yards towards the top near Flagline Tie to the start of Vista Butte trail. Otherwise perfect down to Swampy Snopark. Two small trees down between Flagline tie and Vista intersection.

    1. Ryan Pedersen says:

      Thanks for report on trees. Going by Bendtrails descriptions the section between Flag Tie and Vista is considered to be part of Swampy/Dutchman connector

      1. BendTrails says:

        strange factoid: did you all realize that ridge loop is the ski trail name and that the actual trail is swampy dutchman from Ducthman all the way to swampy? :)

    2. Ryan Pedersen says:

      Cleared this morning.

  2. Zach Blickman says:

    18″ tree across the trail about 1/4 mile below the Flagline tie jct

    1. Ryan Pedersen says:

      All clear. Thanks for the report

  3. Eric Kutter says:

    No dead fall and only 2′ of snow that’ll be gone by this afternoon.

  4. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Talked to someone on the trail that said there were about 12 trees down in this section.

    1. Erika Schmid says:

      I ran this trail on Nov. 6th and there were over 12 trees down across trail. No big or complicated deadfall just more trees than I would want to carry my bike over.

    2. Ryan Pedersen says:

      Went out to clear these but they were already taken out. Thanks gnomes!

  5. Zach Blickman says:

    6″-8″ tree down after the first climb out of swampy sno park. Trails are perfect!

  6. Natalie Herse says:

    3-5″ new snow from Swampy to Flagline tie. Perfect for the fatbike. Starting to congeal and melt by the end of my ride with standing water near Swampy snopark.

  7. Jay Marsh says:

    Clear of deadfall and snow, go get some!

  8. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Cleared of deadfall this afternoon. No snow or puddles. Riding great!

  9. Nat Chotechuang says:

    All clear. It’s a little sandy in spots but no worse than mid-season in any typical year.

  10. Eric Kutter says:

    Rode up there today. At least 1/3 of the snow that was on Ridge Loop yesterday was gone today.

  11. Eric Kutter says:

    Only about 50 yards worth of snow shortly before you get to Flagline Tie (coming from Swampy). But there is one downed tree about .25mi from Flagline Tie.

  12. David Pilz says:

    Lot’s of snow patches still, some small and rideable but plenty that will force most people off the bike.

  13. Elliott Elster says:

    Snow gets pretty deep about two thirds of the way to flagline tie. The tie is still covered with snow and flagline to swampy is patchy at best. Lots of hiking here.

  14. Joel Blatt says:

    From Swampy TH, Ridge is riding well and no deadfall. You can continue up Vista Butte, which is also clear of deadfall, but deadfall immediately greets you towards Swampy/Dutchman or Flagline Tie.

  15. Nat Chotechuang says:

    Lots of deadfall uphill after the intersection of Ridge trail and Butte trail, however you can take that unmapped right to drop down to the Swampy loop unimpeded.

  16. Joe Myers says:

    Trail closure has been lifted as of today. Thanks FS! Gary Reynolds has been active logging out deadfall, but I don’t believe this is clear as of yet.

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