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Length
~8.5 miles
Elevation
616'
Rating
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Trails are riding well right now. They may not be perfect.

Trail Reports

  • Robert Rekward April 27, 2017 at 2:31 pmI'd skip it. Any possible confrontation aside, the trail is nothing to write home about. Peterson Ridge or Horse Butte offer way more interesting terrain IMHO.
  • Christopher Stewart April 27, 2017 at 10:14 amI'm heading out that way next weekend and wanted to include this ride. Is the south loop so sketchy that it should be avoided? Or could it be just a minor annoyance? Being in Portland, I'm used to the homeless camps, etc., but I don't necessarily want to be riding alone where there is potential danger. Thanks!
  • Joe Myers April 25, 2017 at 10:56 amContact cota. They have a Redmond chapter and ask for Brian Nelson.
  • Zach Blickman April 25, 2017 at 10:46 amRode the outer loop yesterday and things are getting worse. At the south end there were multiple spots where the trail crosses the road where it had been dug up and blocked with branches and rocks. I'm not worried about riding out there, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Sad, because it's a great year-round ride with some unique feature. Seems like there's more than enough room out there for everyone. Anyone know who to talk to about keeping this trail in shape?
  • Lee Heckman April 24, 2017 at 6:31 pmSuper pretty out there right now. The purple rock flowers and desert lilies are up. It's green, and there is moisture in the dirt and no dust. Songbirds are singing. Though it doesn't really feel like spring, it is.
  • Lee Heckman April 24, 2017 at 6:28 pmI run out there a lot. They have never bothered me. I do run with two big German Shepherds though. The section between the terrain park and the powerlines is where all the camps are - and some of them are literally right next to the trail. Apparently trail proximity is not a consideration when setting up homeless camps. There are more and more with each passing month. I will admit that the vibe on that section of trail is spooky, and the increasing garbage piles are gross, but I have never had a problem.
  • Robert Rekward March 20, 2017 at 8:44 amGot a report from Trinity Bikes in Redmond on March 20th that some really sketchy folks have set up a homeless camp on the “South” trail (the Radlands Outer Loop). That trail should be avoided.
 

Trail Description

Got a report from Trinity Bikes in Redmond on March 20th that some really sketchy folks have set up a homeless camp on the “South” trail (the Radlands Outer Loop). That trail should be avoided.

The Radlands is a fairly recent addition to the Redmond area MTB scene. There are 8+ miles of rolling terrain through a fairly open forest of Juniper. The trails are similar to Maston. Not a lot of elevation to work with — but some technical obstacles here and there, and great views of the Cascades and nearby Smith Rock.

With low elevation, and rocky soil, The Radlands is a good winter riding option in Central Oregon.

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Trail Reports » The Radlands

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  1. Lee Heckman says:

    Super pretty out there right now. The purple rock flowers and desert lilies are up. It’s green, and there is moisture in the dirt and no dust. Songbirds are singing. Though it doesn’t really feel like spring, it is.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Contact cota. They have a Redmond chapter and ask for Brian Nelson.

  2. Got a report from Trinity Bikes in Redmond on March 20th that some really sketchy folks have set up a homeless camp on the “South” trail (the Radlands Outer Loop). That trail should be avoided.

    1. Lee Heckman says:

      I run out there a lot. They have never bothered me. I do run with two big German Shepherds though. The section between the terrain park and the powerlines is where all the camps are – and some of them are literally right next to the trail. Apparently trail proximity is not a consideration when setting up homeless camps. There are more and more with each passing month. I will admit that the vibe on that section of trail is spooky, and the increasing garbage piles are gross, but I have never had a problem.

    2. Zach Blickman says:

      Rode the outer loop yesterday and things are getting worse. At the south end there were multiple spots where the trail crosses the road where it had been dug up and blocked with branches and rocks. I’m not worried about riding out there, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Sad, because it’s a great year-round ride with some unique feature. Seems like there’s more than enough room out there for everyone. Anyone know who to talk to about keeping this trail in shape?

      1. Christopher Stewart says:

        I’m heading out that way next weekend and wanted to include this ride. Is the south loop so sketchy that it should be avoided? Or could it be just a minor annoyance? Being in Portland, I’m used to the homeless camps, etc., but I don’t necessarily want to be riding alone where there is potential danger. Thanks!

        1. I’d skip it. Any possible confrontation aside, the trail is nothing to write home about. Peterson Ridge or Horse Butte offer way more interesting terrain IMHO.

  3. Erik Santner says:

    Rode Radlands yesterday, things are pretty nice on the north side….a little mud. The south loop was decent, a few sections of snow. There were motorcycle tracks on the south loop and the typical homeless camps. It was great to get out!!

  4. Erik Johnson says:

    Rode the Radlands today; northern section was riding really well with little to no mud, the outer loop was pretty muddy with some snow patches in places. Completely rideable throughout though.

  5. Lee Heckman says:

    Snowshoe the Radlands!! Perfect right now. Snow generally 12-18 inches deep- you can just head off in any direction. The lava bubbles are fun, and the views are great. The parking lot off Maple is pretty deep snow, not plowed. I got in and out today, with some difficulty. Unless you have a big truck, just park at the Terrain Park and go in that way. All the trails are completely buried in snow at the moment.

  6. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    The Outer Loop is getting dusty and loose. Also it has quite a bit more trash than a month ago. The southern most stretches have been driven over by trucks and ATV’s. There are a couple of semi-permanent looking RV’s set up close to the trail, too.

    1. Michael Davis says:

      Yeah, last time I rode I wondered if people are trying to camp on the trail and bury the it in garbage to keep the place to themselves.

  7. Dennis Faure says:

    Read about this in the paper,what a great website! So much info and detail its the best yet!

  8. Conner Elliott says:

    Perfect today!

  9. John Stark says:

    ***Just updated status to Riding Well. Note caveats below.***

    Rode Radlands today. From sports complex out Outer Loop and around to Hot Spur and back to the complex. The west side of the loop (Redmond side) had moments of mud. But not nearly as bad as Maston. Once around to east side of the loop it was riding pretty well overall. Just a bit sticky in spots. If we have a few more warm days like today, this flat loop should be riding very well for those looking for fast and flat.

  10. Patrecia Hedges says:

    Tried Radlands today because Maston was so muddy. Just as bad. :-(

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