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Length
6.5 miles
Elevation
1719'
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Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Matthew Falkenstein July 1, 2018 at 7:35 amSaturday ride was great; top of Tyler's was awesome, blooming wildflowers, trail in great shape, and lots of green.....but the logging has chewed up a bit of the lower trail area and it's quickly becoming dusty as the sun beats down on the trail where the trees no longer shade. Everything looks different, of course, as they rip out brush and trees, but you can still easily find the trail......so far. Probably not rideable during the week while they chop and drag!
  • Joe Myers June 14, 2018 at 1:46 pmLower tyler's is closed for logging for a couple weeks.
  • Joe Myers June 6, 2018 at 9:40 pmparking on colklin will be closed 6-7-18
  • Aaron Ritter May 3, 2018 at 7:38 amConfirmed clear landing below the drop... definitely eased up to it a little slowly in case of snow. Sad that someone has already managed to destroy every berm on the way down. Otherwise hero dirt.
  • Robert Rekward May 2, 2018 at 9:53 amThere's one 8" tree about 200' from the Kiwa Butte junction. Easy to step over. Also, no snow patch below the rock drop in case you want to huck it without looking :-)
  • Brian Coop May 1, 2018 at 9:32 pmSweet! Thanks for getting those.
  • Joe Myers April 30, 2018 at 8:07 pmThanks Don!
 

Trail Description

Effective Wednesday, June 13th, a section of Lower Tyler’s Traverse (below the Larsen’s junction) will be closed for logging and mastication efforts. This includes both the “up” and “down” routes. This closure is Monday through Friday and weekends are open.

Tyler’s Traverse is a new school, one-way trail in the Wanoga trail system and is a local favorite for it’s variety of features. Tyler’s has it all! Epic views, flowy meadows, steep armored climbs, massive berms, jumps, drops, and rock outcroppings.

The trail starts at the intersection of Kiwa and Dinah Moe Humm. The first half of the trail has some great views and some significant rocky, tech sections. About a third of the way down is the “Penny Mine” which is a large rock formation with 2 short, armored climbs that are tough as hell. After this there is a nice, flowy meadow with jumps and berms which set you up for an expert option.

Many people don’t know this option exists, so they just head down Tyler’s and never know they missed anything. Note this expert line is definitively black-diamond. There is a reason the entrance is basically hidden. Not only is the entrance itself fairly daunting (up and over a large boulder pile), but soon after this you go through a small rocky channel which can send you over your bars if you aren’t ready for it. After that, there are a couple small jumps and then a fairly blind 5-6′ cliff drop.The drop has a smooth  transition landing and connects back into the standard Tyler’s route shortly thereafter.

After the junction it’s more flow, berms and jumps down to the end. The trail has an up route along fire roads which starts at the bottom so you don’t have to worry about running into uphill traffic. You can also connect to Catch and Release at the bottom, the Duodenum + Larsen Trail in the middle if you want to cut across to Tiddlywinks and Storm King.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Tyler’s Traverse

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  1. Matthew Falkenstein says:

    Saturday ride was great; top of Tyler’s was awesome, blooming wildflowers, trail in great shape, and lots of green…..but the logging has chewed up a bit of the lower trail area and it’s quickly becoming dusty as the sun beats down on the trail where the trees no longer shade. Everything looks different, of course, as they rip out brush and trees, but you can still easily find the trail……so far. Probably not rideable during the week while they chop and drag!

  2. Joe Myers says:

    Lower tyler’s is closed for logging for a couple weeks.

  3. Joe Myers says:

    parking on colklin will be closed 6-7-18

  4. There’s one 8″ tree about 200′ from the Kiwa Butte junction. Easy to step over. Also, no snow patch below the rock drop in case you want to huck it without looking :-)

    1. Aaron Ritter says:

      Confirmed clear landing below the drop… definitely eased up to it a little slowly in case of snow. Sad that someone has already managed to destroy every berm on the way down. Otherwise hero dirt.

  5. Don Leet says:

    Tyler’s is 100% clear from where the uphill trail intersects the downhill trail at about 5300 ft. I cut the tree just before the rock pile climb on 4/29. On the uphill there are two short hike a bikes through some snow. It’s riding quite well. No snow, no mud on the downhill.

    1. Brian Coop says:

      Sweet! Thanks for getting those.

  6. Nick Skinner says:

    4 trees down between Larsen’s and the rock drop. – 2 between Larsen’s and next road intersection. 1 just above that, then final was pretty close to the rock drop. Didn’t go any higher than that.

  7. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Below Larsen’s there were 6 trees down on Tyler’s Up route, 0 on Down. Starts to get muddy right at the Larsen’s intersection.

  8. Clarence Perry says:

    Deadfall cleared from Larsen’s to the bottom.

    1. Natalie Herse says:

      Wow thanks so much. A couple of those were doozies!

    2. Sam Brownhill says:

      I second that, thanx Clarence!

  9. Natalie Herse says:

    The first half mile of lower Tylers has patches of melting snow/ice with some standing water. Once the downhill starts it it pretty much hero dirt although there are 3-4 big trees down including the first one right at the Larsens intersection (all before the lookout view spot). Will def need a chainsaw as some have lots of limbs. Thanks much to all you tree cutter outers btw :) Upper Tylers still has snow from the Larsens intersection up and the road climb up appears still muddy, rutted with patchy snow in places.

  10. I tried to ride Tyler’s last chance today (from the first road/trail junction down). Super muddy in several spots and one big tree down just below the road crossing. Probably needs at least another week of warm weather before the bottom is ridable. The upper part, who knows? It’s really wet and there are still snow patches melting into the trail.

  11. Natalie Herse says:

    Sweet! About 3 or 4 trees down below Larsen’s.

  12. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Both lower and upper were very fat bike friendly up to the Duodenum intersection (1-2″ snow). Past that it gets deeper (3-4″) and I eventually turned around when I started hiking more than biking. Cleared deadfall up to Duodenum except for a 15-18″ fella on the uproute maybe 0.5-1 mile from bottom. There was a solid ride around option already in place.

  13. Adam Tate says:

    1 inch of snow and 2 trees down on the lower section. Smoother at times on my no suspension fatbike than in the summer.

  14. I climbed the road on the south side of Tyler’s (keeping left at Duodenum junction) on my fat bike on Sunday. The very top of Tyler’s had 3-6″ of snow with some ruts and post-holes in it but it was all rideable — a non-fat bike “might” be able to make it, but you’d probably have to hike through the thick stuff.

  15. David Welton says:

    Get your inversion on: today it was warm – complete with some mud puddles – at the top of the trail, with colder snow further down. All very rideable though, except for the last part of the climb, where the snow started to get a bit deeper.

  16. We rode Larson’s to Tyler’s then down last night. One tree you have to crawl under just past the Larson’s junction. Maybe 8″ diameter. A few snow patches, but otherwise, great dirt.

    1. Had a couple other riders with me today, so we moved that tree out of the way. Riding great from Larson’s junction down — with snow above that.

  17. Joshua Langlais says:

    Rode it this morning in really great condition. No snow. No mud. One tree was down across the road on the way up, but otherwise it was obstacle free.

  18. Joel Pearce says:

    Dirt was great yesterday. Rock Drop still has some snow in the landing.

  19. Brian Coop says:

    Four trees down directly below the Larsen’s intersection. They’re all off the ground 3-4 feet, so they are difficult to climb over. After that it’s all clear. I didn’t go any higher, so not sure what it looks like up there.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Cleared those this morning with Gary. Didn’t clear the up route as I had to head out.

  20. Joe Myers says:

    Some trees down on Climbing route per FB report

  21. Brian Coop says:

    It’s all good from the Rock Drop down, but you can’t climb that high on the Uproute. Going up it got too snowy in areas without tree cover above Larsen’, so I pushed through the woods over to the DH trail (I don’t recommend that), but it was nice to see that the trail had minimal snow from that point down.

  22. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    There’s a blind drop into a worn groove that’s tricky on the lower trail. It’s below the viewpoint and after the big jumps.

  23. Kermit Yensen says:

    Good ride on Storm King / Larsens / Tylers / Catch and Release with dog with AM; ran into a bow hunter at the intersection of Larsen and Tylers. Notched and ready to fire – said there were elk in the area. Was not much interested in running into either him or the elk. Do not pay much attention to hunting season – was he supposed to be there?

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Hunting is allowed in the area yes. Luckily no problems other than the time someone gutted a dear on upper storming and left the carcas laying there.

  24. There’s a gnarly tree across the DH trail just before you get to the Larsen’s junction. It’s only about 8″ thick, but has nasty impalers sticking out of it and it’s around a blind-corner so you come up on it fast — so heads-up.

  25. Joel Blatt says:

    3 miles from start of Uphill route, you will encounter big nasty fallen tree. It is right before Duodenum trailhead.

  26. Ben Smith says:

    Had a great time today on Tyler’s. Went all the way up Kiwa. Some turns have some sand, but nothing too much too just slide through. Only saw one other biker (at the trailhead). It’s a grind up, but worth it on the way down.

  27. Dustin Balderach says:

    Saw zero moths today. Weird. Also saw zero other bikers on a Sunday afternoon. Also weird. Tyler’s is dry and dusty, but it could be worse. Still super fun!

  28. Plague of little caterpillars on Upper Tyler’s tonight. 20% are now smooshed and stuck to my frame. Gross.

    1. Mike Schmeiske says:

      Yeah it was a massacre out there, it was the same on Mrazek in the burn section with the snowbrush.

  29. Tyler’s is getting kinda loose in the corners and those braking bumps are making a comeback. It’s still riding great — just not “last week” great.

  30. Michael Longlet says:

    Rode all the way up to Kiwa today and then down Tylers. There was no snow on the bike trail except for a very small patch around the Kiwa intersection. The downhill trail is in great shape with no snow the entire way down or fallen trees. The little expert loop option drop landing is a bit loose but all in all great riding. I’ll be hitting this for the next several rides!

  31. Stacey Wimberley says:

    We were able to ride all the way up with only a few snow patches. We didn’t ride all the way to the duodenum intersection. We stopped where the trail first crosses the uphill route. Some corners are already getting a little dusty but overall… Fantastic!!

  32. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Solid riding from Larsen intersection on down.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Don’t think it’s been updated but people have been riding a lot higher too. Up to the road crossing above the meadow and rock armored sections if not higher.

  33. Aaron Zielinski says:

    Still snow drifts between the Duodenum junction and the Larson’s junction.

  34. Jeff Johnston says:

    Snow and an impressive tangle of downed trees right at the Larsen’s/Lower Tyler’s junction, and then one more downed tree and a snow drift just as you start down lower Tyler’s, but then it opens up into shredtastic radness all the way down to the road.

    1. Doug Schofhauser says:

      Road it from Larsen’s down to rd 41 this morning, ditto your comments exactly! Tangle of trees, couple patches of snow, and definitely “shredtastic radness” from there! :-)

      1. As of last night around 5:30 the tangle of trees had been cleared. One large tree below that, but it’s easily rolled over. Maybe three snow piles to ride through. Up Tyler’s from Larson’s appeared to have really deep snow — so didn’t try to go any higher than the junction.

  35. Dave Sparling says:

    I rode up to the intersection with Larsens yesterday.

    There are a number of hike-a-bike snow drifts in the last half mile, and there’s a tree down on the uphill route.

    On the downhill trail, the first 1/4 mile has 30″ deep snow drifts. Then there are patchy drifts until a couple hundred yards before the last forest service road crossing.

    At this point only the lower section is worth riding.

  36. Peter Fox says:

    Only the lower section, below the last forest service road crossing, is free of snow. Above that there is still lots of snow on the trail and forest service roads. I found out the hard way. Lower section rides well like it did in October. Could use some work on the brake bumps. Great trail.

  37. Alex Marganski says:

    The climb has several snow patches that will require a short hike bike but you can descend down where the trail crosses the road with only a couple small snow patches. From the view point down the trail is clear.

  38. Tristan S says:

    Heavy snowfields. Riding even the lowest section will mean lots of hiking and trudging through snow. We’ve still got a long while before this is good to go.

  39. Joel Blatt says:

    Uphill Route has single tree down. It is located 3.6 miles from bottom. Otherwise, 16-mile loop via Kiwa, Tiddly, Larsen’s, and down Tyler’s is riding well – there are puddles, but not too bad.

  40. Natalie Herse says:

    Lower Tylers from Larsen’s intersection is perfect tacky tread. Based on the snow/slush at the Kiwa Butte/Tiddly intersection today, I suspect upper Tylers is snowy??? Report needed…

  41. Rode Tyler’s last night. Super blown-out and dusty with lots of braking bumps. Still fun though ;-)

  42. Dustin Balderach says:

    As of Friday (22 July): Lower Tylers (below Larsens) was pretty blown out and dusty… Need some rain on this one soon.

  43. Mike Schmeiske says:

    Upper section of uproute is still a little torn up and bumpy from equestrians trampling it after the rain we had a couple weeks ago. Getting better, but still a pain to deal with when they shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Maybe better signage?

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Hi Mike, good question. It’s an uproute on a fire road, and as such might not be classified as a trail horses are not allowed to be on. I will try and find an answer, but my guess is your won’t be able to keep horse off fire roads.

    2. Joe Myers says:

      COTA answer: Roads are open to all.

      1. Mike Schmeiske says:

        I thought that could be the case as well, but I suppose there could be some room for interpretation on the sections where it is overgrown to a narrow passage. Still technically on a road bed though. Just a little bit of a bummer seeing it getting trampled. Thank you for getting that info to clear it up though!

        1. Joe Myers says:

          luckily it’s probably pretty uncommon. I have never seen a horse in wanoga. Makes me wonder if the uproute signage has the stickers for no horses, etc (accidentally).

  44. Chris Costigan says:

    Blown out. Sigh……rain please.

  45. Pretty much awesome today. Drying out quick. Give ‘er.

  46. Riding great. Starting to get a bit loose in a few spots, but most of the berms are still nice and firm.

  47. Joe Myers says:

    Also in my desire to not stop once going down I noticed a few trees which are not directly in the way, but if you weren’t paying attention you could lose your head. I would say 2-3 leaning trees which need to be cut. None appeared all that big.

  48. Joe Myers says:

    Cleared a couple smaller trees on upper Tyler’s. I think there are just 2 medium sized one’s left which are right beside each other.

  49. Tristan S says:

    Above the intersection with the upwards route (and closer to kiwa) there’s several downed trees that you need to climb over. Below that intersection, its wonderful all the way down, if a bit dry.

  50. Luis Ziober says:

    Lower Tyler is riding like a boss – upper Tyler is cover in 5 feet of snow!!!

  51. Joel Blatt says:

    Tyler’s Uphill route has 2 sections with deadfall, but going around each is pretty simple.

  52. Ernie Golen says:

    No snow below Larsen today.

  53. Joe Myers says:

    No trees below the Larsen intersection, but a couple short patches of snow still. Overall riding really well below this.

  54. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    There’s a big tree across the trail just before you get to the Kiwa Sprs Rd. Snow disappears below the 100 road crossing.

  55. Justin Cook says:

    Lower portion of Tyler’s (Kiwa Springs Rd to Rd 41) is clear of trees. Still small sections of snow interspersed throughout.

  56. Nick Skinner says:

    Blowdown still gets overwhelming around 4700ft. Snow doesn’t look to bad further on, but trees make riding tough.

  57. Justin Cook says:

    Trail cleared of blowdown up to ~4700 ft. Still lots of snow above this elevation.

  58. Natalie Herse says:

    We survived a 5+ hour Storm King/Tiddly/Larsen’s/Tylers/Catch & Release loop today. SK up to Tiddly was mostly hero dirt with a few creek crossings and patches of hike a bike near the Tiddly intersection. Tiddly was the same up to Larsens. Larsens started out rideable but quickly the snow deepened to where we were losing the trail and postholing/pushing through 2+ feet of snow at times. Lots of trees down too so good upper body workout. Somehow we managed to pop out on the road at Kiwa Springs and found Tylers under snow as well. After more miles of pushing our bikes DOWN the Tylers climbing road (lots of snow and trees down here too) we were rewarded with a downhill on the last 2ish miles of Tylers – snowfree and perfectly buff along with a hootin’ hollerin’ fun return down Catch and Release back to our cars. Gonna be a while till Larsen/Tyler melts and trees are cut out. Fun time regardless – I’m beat!

  59. Couldn’t even reach the 1st road climb junction with Tyler’s before it turned into post-hole hike-a-bike. Lower Storm King was similar. Didn’t get far on that one either.

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