E-bikes NOT allowed on Pinedrops
Pinedrops is mainly used as a climbing trail which leads to the top of Lower Whoops, The East end of the trail is located about 50 yards South of lower Whoops along road 300. The trail winds through large Ponderosa Pines and is a nice singletrack alternative to the road 310 fire road climb. It’s also fun to ride down if you aren’t into the jumps of lower whoops or the steep, techy terrain of Upper Phil’s/Helipad.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.
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Some snow still up high.
We did three Pine-whoops laps on fatties this afternoon and packed in a solid track. It was nuking out there, though, so it’s gonna need some effort to keep it going.
Rode it in the AM of 11/7 — snow is here! Light stuff as of yet, and good riding when the ground is frozen. Better to stay off it when it’s thawed—gonna be real soupy.
Starting Monday 10/18 Pinedrops is closed monday – friday for forest restoration
One tree down (not logging related) about a quay of the way up. Easy ride around getting ridden in.
Rode up about 4/5 of the way this morning. I’m rating it Ridable Snow with two big caveats:
You want at least 4” wide tires.
Top 1/5 is too deep to ride UP, but would probably be good for descending. Possibly ridable if there’s a nice hard freeze and we get a crust.
The post holes from hikers have almost completely filled in so it’s a nice descent if you can make it up!
Rode down Sunday morning. Deep snow at the top fading to ridable snow by the bottom, but lots of post holes from a hiker. Had to do some snow-hiking at the top as there wasn’t quite enough crust. Definitely fat-bike worthy.
Perfect dirt and zero down trees.
All good, nothing to report.
In great shape, only two small snowy/icy patches at the top.
All clear, no snow, as of 5/12.
Just a few small snow patches left on the bottom 99.9%. The very last 30 feet has a good size patch that might not be totally rideable but shouldn’t be around too much longer.
Same as Robert’s description. You will encounter snow about 3/4 of the way up.
The top half has lots of snow, you can get through but not recommended.
1″ of sheet ice with 1/8″ of powder on top. Made it up with some breaking of new trail, seems the rain froze into the hardpacked areas to make ice but the unpacked areas were able to absorb.
Climbed Pinedrops on the fatty this morning in 2-4″ of fresh, untracked snow. Snow packed down nicely with 4-5psi in 4.8’s setup tubeless.
Clean as a whistle.
Fantastic conditions. No debris.
Great shape. Solid track the whole way up. Lots of cones in the tree areas, but otherwise clear of any debris.
Great riding on a fat bike today! Cleared the one and only tree that was down.
2” new over somewhat crunchy but packed snow. A little bumpy going down but still lots of fun and nary a soul out there today.
Found a fresh layer of snow over some prior tracks the day before. Rode up and down and back up to pack it in! Great riding right now!
Christmas Eve fatbike ride on packed snow = outstanding conditions. Great going up and amazing going down due to grippy snow.
Climbed Pinedrops today on the fattie. 100% awesome.
Trail clear to the top (and well beyond!)
Out of curiosity, why the re-route?
Pinedrops was never a planned or official trail, so once it got into that phase it needed to get re-routed to avoid some important areas or something.
Well packed today. Could be ridden with a regular MTB.
Hero dirt to start then transitioned to grippy, crusty snow tread as I climbed higher. Really sweet, no mud.
Slushy & puddles on upper/old section, new lower section mostly packed snow – probably snow melt is soaking through better there.
Trail has been rerouted but basically in the same area. Snow was completely packed down from tons of fat bike traffic yesterday. As long as it stays cold you could ride a CX bike on it (but please don’t)
All dry, no snow or mud in sight. One blown down about 3/4 (??) of the way up. Can ride around it. Lots of pine needles but riding great!
Totally clear now with no snow to the top of Lower Whoops. Getting dusty already.
Totally clear on the climb. Just one hike-a-bike snow patch as you hit the road by the bench.
Several patches of snow starting about 3/4ths of the way up. They get progressively larger as you head to the Whoops / Skyliners intersection. One tree down towards the top.
Lower 0.8 miles from rd 300 riding great, and then you hit snow. Looked pretty patchy glancing up the hill so should start melting quickly.
This is a great alternative to the hordes of people on Whoops, both up and down.
This trail may be unsanctioned, but it doesn’t stop everyone and their sister from riding it!