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Length
14.2 miles
Elevation
2479'
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Trail Reports

  • Marc Fortier May 23, 2017 at 9:36 amHi - any clearing updates ? Planning on heading there this weekend. Is the section past the lookout still mostly abandoned ?
  • Erik Santner May 4, 2017 at 6:01 pmRiding good. Definitely needs some clearance work, some has been done. Notably, encroaching Snowbrush in high speed areas....will try to get out and clear soon. Little to no horse traffic!!
  • Erik Santner November 11, 2016 at 7:51 pmThis was my first time out there. Riding nicely....a few horse tracks for a couple miles then nice to the lookout. It is key to go with someone who has ridden it or if you've ridden it before. There are quite a few unmarked turns and other FS roads to get confused on.
  • Brennan Morrow June 7, 2016 at 8:08 amRains just hit this hard and washed the trail clear, I think its going to be good until the horses chop it up again. Brown Powder!
  • Marc Fortier May 17, 2016 at 8:51 amCurious as to why your experience was so different from mine, even though you were there only a few days later. Maybe a herd of horses went through in between ? I was on a hardtail, though it was 27.5+, and found the trail a bit bumpy but not 'miserable' :)
  • Heidi H-P May 12, 2016 at 11:44 pmThis is a shared use trail, the lower section of which, if started at metolius headwaters on trail 99 is dusty, dry, and miserably chopped up by horse hooves. In fact, trail 99 around black butte is miserable for bikes. Don't miss the green ridge trail junction on trail 99 at a small, weathered sign on a dirt road. Bring a reliable map. Once most of the steep climbing is done, when views of black butte and the cascades can be had, the frequency of downed trees increases and the trail becomes less and less traveled and more and more narrow. Pine cones litter the trail, making a bumpy ride with multiple dismounts for downed trees. Some trees can be ridden around through brush and soft dirt. Trail signs seem to disappear around FS road 850 or 798 but if one rides along an un-numbered road near the ridge line, a nice break from the incessant trail chatter can be had and views of the Cascades through lush and flowery forests and burned trees abound. I ran out of trail seeking time when I got to FS road 566 and was weary of horse chop anyway and so made the return trip to my car at the beautiful Metolius Headwaters. I probably won't ride this trail again until next year, before the equestrians ruin the lower section on trail 99 and while it is still damp. Maybe the green ridge will be better maintained next year although if that happens, likely also will more horse traffic. Can't win. Enjoyed the forest though as it's quite delightful at this time of year.
  • Marc Fortier May 9, 2016 at 9:25 amRode lower part and a portion of the upper ridge. Trail is in great shape if you don't mind a little horse traffic. I encountered around 8 equestrians and no bikes on a Sunday. Reports of blowdown and navigation issues on the Northern part of the trail past the lookout
 

Trail Description

The Green Ridge Trail is a ridgeline ride overlooking the Metolius River. We don’t know much about this ride, so until we have a chance to ride it in the spring, please email us with any information you can share (or post a comment in the Trail Discussion area below).

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Trail Reports » Green Ridge

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  1. Erik Santner says:

    Riding good. Definitely needs some clearance work, some has been done. Notably, encroaching Snowbrush in high speed areas….will try to get out and clear soon. Little to no horse traffic!!

    1. Marc Fortier says:

      Hi – any clearing updates ? Planning on heading there this weekend. Is the section past the lookout still mostly abandoned ?

  2. Erik Santner says:

    This was my first time out there. Riding nicely….a few horse tracks for a couple miles then nice to the lookout. It is key to go with someone who has ridden it or if you’ve ridden it before. There are quite a few unmarked turns and other FS roads to get confused on.

  3. Brennan Morrow says:

    Rains just hit this hard and washed the trail clear, I think its going to be good until the horses chop it up again. Brown Powder!

  4. Heidi H-P says:

    This is a shared use trail, the lower section of which, if started at metolius headwaters on trail 99 is dusty, dry, and miserably chopped up by horse hooves. In fact, trail 99 around black butte is miserable for bikes. Don’t miss the green ridge trail junction on trail 99 at a small, weathered sign on a dirt road. Bring a reliable map. Once most of the steep climbing is done, when views of black butte and the cascades can be had, the frequency of downed trees increases and the trail becomes less and less traveled and more and more narrow. Pine cones litter the trail, making a bumpy ride with multiple dismounts for downed trees. Some trees can be ridden around through brush and soft dirt. Trail signs seem to disappear around FS road 850 or 798 but if one rides along an un-numbered road near the ridge line, a nice break from the incessant trail chatter can be had and views of the Cascades through lush and flowery forests and burned trees abound. I ran out of trail seeking time when I got to FS road 566 and was weary of horse chop anyway and so made the return trip to my car at the beautiful Metolius Headwaters. I probably won’t ride this trail again until next year, before the equestrians ruin the lower section on trail 99 and while it is still damp. Maybe the green ridge will be better maintained next year although if that happens, likely also will more horse traffic. Can’t win. Enjoyed the forest though as it’s quite delightful at this time of year.

    1. Marc Fortier says:

      Curious as to why your experience was so different from mine, even though you were there only a few days later. Maybe a herd of horses went through in between ? I was on a hardtail, though it was 27.5+, and found the trail a bit bumpy but not ‘miserable’ :)

  5. Marc Fortier says:

    Rode lower part and a portion of the upper ridge. Trail is in great shape if you don’t mind a little horse traffic. I encountered around 8 equestrians and no bikes on a Sunday. Reports of blowdown and navigation issues on the Northern part of the trail past the lookout

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