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Length
12.4 miles
Elevation
1966'
Rating
Forecast

Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Patrick Eckford June 28, 2018 at 6:44 pmJune 28th Update - Green Ridge Trail is now fully open with no obstructions. Just a few areas of aggressive Ceanothus... and some bumpy horse tracks. 11 trees were removed today and some temporary flagging put up to direct users to the route (a little hard to see in places). Sadly, after just finishing the clearing of the northern 2 miles of the system last Wednesday, some motorcycles got in over the last two days and did some real damage!! Grrrr
  • Robert Rekward June 27, 2018 at 8:06 pmThanks Marc Fortier for sending us a GPX file of the corrected North end of the Green Ridge trail. It's updated on all the maps.
  • Marc Fortier June 26, 2018 at 10:08 amAwesome Patrick ! Thanks for taking care of that beautiful section. I usually only ride it once a year, but now will have to get back there to test it out !
  • Patrick Eckford June 25, 2018 at 5:29 pmI should mention that STA's new 2018 trails paper map includes a scannable QR code for loading our new georefferenced PDF map that combines our north and south paper maps and has been extended north as far as the GR Trail's northern trailhead an FS 1490. Sorry, I don't know how to forward or attach the link on this platform.
  • Patrick Eckford June 25, 2018 at 5:20 pmJune 25, 2018 UPDATE - GR Trail Open with just a few trees still down, interspersed along the whole southern 10-mile section. Thanks to Marc Fortier's earlier report of his May 28th ride, our STA work crew for last Wednesday was able to prioritize re-opening the newer 2-mile northern segment of the GR Trail that Marc highlighted as in need of clearing... (this section starts just north of the Fire Lookout gate off FS 1140-600 and ends at the new official north terminus of the GR Trail on the spur road FS 1490-900.) We cleared 31 downed trees, brushed and marked obscured sections with flagging tape and cairns. Happy to report that this northern section is now completely open and much easier to follow. It's a really nice route with some stunning views to the west. Until it get's ridden and worn in a bit more, some parts will remain a little hard to follow but look for orange or pink flagging tape and cairns (note there is some confusing old blue flagging in a couple of places - just ignore). The southern section is next for clearing and there is an ongoing effort to brush that route over the next couple of weeks - crazy ceanothus!
  • Patrick Eckford June 19, 2018 at 9:49 amMarc, any chance you could call me to provide a few more details on the location of downed trees on this trail. A small group of STA volunteers is considering a log-out tomorrow (Wednesday). My number is 541-639-2333 - Patrick
  • Marc Fortier May 28, 2018 at 8:57 pmRiding great, with 10-12 trees down over the entire length, nothing too troublesome. There's a 2 mile section to the North that's not on this map, and I last rode cleanly in 2015. I made it about 3/4 of the way through from the Northern end, before hitting a second long deadfall section, and then gave up as I was running out of time. But I hacked through the first deadfall section as best I could with my hand saw. There's some spectacular views on this part, possibly the best of the entire trail. Nature's working hard to reclaim it, but the tread is mostly still there. Needs some big saw work !
 

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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. Patrick Eckford says:

    June 28th Update – Green Ridge Trail is now fully open with no obstructions. Just a few areas of aggressive Ceanothus… and some bumpy horse tracks. 11 trees were removed today and some temporary flagging put up to direct users to the route (a little hard to see in places).

    Sadly, after just finishing the clearing of the northern 2 miles of the system last Wednesday, some motorcycles got in over the last two days and did some real damage!! Grrrr

  2. Thanks Marc Fortier for sending us a GPX file of the corrected North end of the Green Ridge trail. It’s updated on all the maps.

  3. Patrick Eckford says:

    June 25, 2018 UPDATE – GR Trail Open with just a few trees still down, interspersed along the whole southern 10-mile section. Thanks to Marc Fortier’s earlier report of his May 28th ride, our STA work crew for last Wednesday was able to prioritize re-opening the newer 2-mile northern segment of the GR Trail that Marc highlighted as in need of clearing… (this section starts just north of the Fire Lookout gate off FS 1140-600 and ends at the new official north terminus of the GR Trail on the spur road FS 1490-900.) We cleared 31 downed trees, brushed and marked obscured sections with flagging tape and cairns. Happy to report that this northern section is now completely open and much easier to follow. It’s a really nice route with some stunning views to the west. Until it get’s ridden and worn in a bit more, some parts will remain a little hard to follow but look for orange or pink flagging tape and cairns (note there is some confusing old blue flagging in a couple of places – just ignore). The southern section is next for clearing and there is an ongoing effort to brush that route over the next couple of weeks – crazy ceanothus!

    1. Patrick Eckford says:

      I should mention that STA’s new 2018 trails paper map includes a scannable QR code for loading our new georefferenced PDF map that combines our north and south paper maps and has been extended north as far as the GR Trail’s northern trailhead an FS 1490. Sorry, I don’t know how to forward or attach the link on this platform.

    2. Marc Fortier says:

      Awesome Patrick ! Thanks for taking care of that beautiful section. I usually only ride it once a year, but now will have to get back there to test it out !

  4. Marc Fortier says:

    Riding great, with 10-12 trees down over the entire length, nothing too troublesome. There’s a 2 mile section to the North that’s not on this map, and I last rode cleanly in 2015. I made it about 3/4 of the way through from the Northern end, before hitting a second long deadfall section, and then gave up as I was running out of time. But I hacked through the first deadfall section as best I could with my hand saw. There’s some spectacular views on this part, possibly the best of the entire trail. Nature’s working hard to reclaim it, but the tread is mostly still there. Needs some big saw work !

    1. Patrick Eckford says:

      Marc, any chance you could call me to provide a few more details on the location of downed trees on this trail. A small group of STA volunteers is considering a log-out tomorrow (Wednesday). My number is 541-639-2333 – Patrick

  5. Patrecia Hedges says:

    What a gorgeous trail! OK, the trail itself is not that awesome, but the views, wilderness and wildflowers more than makeup for it! Definitely get yourself to the lookout!!

    An FYI: I tracked my ride w/ GPS, Gaia, and Ride with GPS. (I know, overkill, but trying to see what works best.) This ride, following the yellow diamonds, does NOT jive with what Gaia and NW Topo call the Green Ridge Trail. They’re close to parallel, but definitely not the same.

  6. 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 ?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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’ :)

  10. 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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