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O’Leary Mountain Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
8.5 miles
Elevation
4551'
Rating
Forecast

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

Trail Reports

  • Travis Holman October 1, 2018 at 7:28 amOne tree down (but it crosses the trail twice) on the way down the west side of O'Leary. Otherwise it's golden right now.
  • Joe Myers August 22, 2018 at 10:14 amAlyssa at horse Creek posted an update today: “Couple of things I wanted to mention here. Air quality is great over on the McKenzie today, Saturday. Can't make any promises as to what tomorrow holds. Also, there was some confusion about trail closures, and after talking to our local ranger, I've confirmed that O'Leary Loop Trail, including Olallie N. and King-Castle are open. Some of the access roads along the way are closed, however. Our District Ranger also asked that if people choose to ride, please drive cautiously and slowly up FS roads 1993 and 356, and know that if riders have to bail due to injury or mechanical, the only way out is down the trail, since most access roads are closed. Ranger station is open today, but you can also message or call us at 541-822-3243 if you have questions.” https://www.fs.usda.gov/
  • Jaimie Lusk May 27, 2018 at 7:47 pmYou guys rock!!! Rode it today and it was wonderful!! Saw all the newly cleared trees and was very grateful! I didn’t see another soul until I dropped into Kings Castle. Is there a way to donate to you trail stewards! Thanks trial gods!
  • Joe Myers May 18, 2018 at 10:11 amfrom Willamette NF post: The Scorpion Crew is energized and full of new volunteer trail stewards! Not only did one crew hike the entire East Fork Trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness another crew tackled the O’Leary Trail. The O’Leary crew got their legs and hearts pumping, starting at 3800 feet, climbing to 5000 feet, and going back down to 4600 feet. They cleared over 15 trees and filled in some large holes. They report there is still significant snow on the trail in places, varying from 10 feet to 150 long and up to a foot or more of depth.
  • Joe Myers October 13, 2017 at 9:16 pmGood and bad news. Trail is now open. However snow at higher elevations.
  • Darrin Stein October 5, 2017 at 9:14 amCalled McKenzie River Mountain Resort and they said could be open any day, but still closed as of now.
  • Joe Myers September 16, 2017 at 8:51 amTrail is closed due to wildfire.
 

Trail Description

Beginning at O’Leary / Castle Rock Trailhead, O’Leary Mountain Trail #3321 heads east, switching back steeply up a large ridge through an old growth conifer forest. The trail continues uphill, following Forest Road 3321 until it passes below a panaroramic viewpoint on Macduff Mountain. Passing the mountain, the trail drops into a saddle, then sidehills east below McLennan Mountain. The trail occasionally breaks out of forest into rock outcroppings, then hooks north to reach its terminus at Olallie Trail #3529.

The steep switchbacks near the West end of the trail are being re-routed currently.

Trail description from the US Forest Service website.

Most people ride this trail as part of a clockwise loop with Olallie, O’Leary, Castle Rock and King Castle. That way you can climb a significant amount of road which will get you pretty high up on the loop before decending 100% singletrack. The full loop is over 30 miles and 6000+ ft elevation — so brace for a long day.

Hit up Horse Creek Lodge & Outfitters or Cog Wild if you are looking for a shuttle, or a guided tour of the O’Leary Mountain Trail.

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Trail Reports » O’Leary Mountain

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  1. Travis Holman says:

    One tree down (but it crosses the trail twice) on the way down the west side of O’Leary. Otherwise it’s golden right now.

  2. Joe Myers says:

    Alyssa at horse Creek posted an update today:

    “Couple of things I wanted to mention here. Air quality is great over on the McKenzie today, Saturday. Can’t make any promises as to what tomorrow holds. Also, there was some confusion about trail closures, and after talking to our local ranger, I’ve confirmed that O’Leary Loop Trail, including Olallie N. and King-Castle are open. Some of the access roads along the way are closed, however. Our District Ranger also asked that if people choose to ride, please drive cautiously and slowly up FS roads 1993 and 356, and know that if riders have to bail due to injury or mechanical, the only way out is down the trail, since most access roads are closed. Ranger station is open today, but you can also message or call us at 541-822-3243 if you have questions.”

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/

  3. Joe Myers says:

    from Willamette NF post:

    The Scorpion Crew is energized and full of new volunteer trail stewards! Not only did one crew hike the entire East Fork Trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness another crew tackled the O’Leary Trail. The O’Leary crew got their legs and hearts pumping, starting at 3800 feet, climbing to 5000 feet, and going back down to 4600 feet. They cleared over 15 trees and filled in some large holes. They report there is still significant snow on the trail in places, varying from 10 feet to 150 long and up to a foot or more of depth.

    1. Jaimie Lusk says:

      You guys rock!!! Rode it today and it was wonderful!! Saw all the newly cleared trees and was very grateful! I didn’t see another soul until I dropped into Kings Castle. Is there a way to donate to you trail stewards! Thanks trial gods!

  4. Joe Myers says:

    Good and bad news. Trail is now open. However snow at higher elevations.

  5. Darrin Stein says:

    Called McKenzie River Mountain Resort and they said could be open any day, but still closed as of now.

  6. Joe Myers says:

    Trail is closed due to wildfire.

  7. Joe Myers says:

    trees are clear and still a couple snow patches. changed status to riding well

  8. Joe Myers says:

    7 trees down and a couple snow patches. Word has it that the trees may have been cleared this weekend.

  9. Nat Chotechuang says:

    We rode up O’Leary to just below the Macduff mountain high point before descending via Castle Rock and King Castle. There was no snow or deadfall to be found up to our turnaround point, which according to the map is maybe half way up?

    Climbing up O’Leary is really hard. I’m tired. Good night.

  10. Jon Fogarty says:

    Man, hats off to whomever put in the work on the trail. My first time riding it but I could see the new vs old and what an excellent job.

  11. Joe Myers says:

    1 tree down today, but damn the new trail work is ridonk! So good.

  12. Heidi H-P says:

    This trail was wonderfully damp yesterday. Met two FS fellas who have done most of the trail work around O’leary. They are doing a great job! They said they are trying to get all trail work done before a mountain bike race on October 2, which I cannot find the name of. Does anyone know?

  13. Natalie Herse says:

    No trees down but still hard work getting down in some places. Looks like the rerouting trailwork is taking place, but still have to walk several loose, tight switchbacks. Otherwise perfect conditions with the zippity do dah downhill ending (nice reroute on Castle Rock!) and the wildflowers are peaking!

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