July Pilgrimage to Bend – Newberry Caldera

In Ride Report by Hawkens

July is nearly over with only a month left of Summer Vacation before the kids head back to school. Lets escape to Bend for a week along with a few friends for a great weekend of riding and adventures.

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Rolling out of town as we neared Portland it was overcast and spitting rain.

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Rolling up on Mt Hood we were greeted with Blue Skies, Sun and a great view of the Mountain.

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Shaping up to be a great week in Central Oregon.

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Setup camp and Riley got his relaxation on.

The next morning we got up had some breakfast then met up with the rest of the group. 1st up for the trip is Newberry Caldera ā€“ Rim Trail, the trail is only 15 miles from our campsite. Drove up to Paulina Lake moved the bikes and riders to the truck then my great wife drove us up to the view point. She was not a fan of the narrow forest roads or crazy drivers flying up the road and slamming on their brakes at the last minute to avoid a collision. Needless to say she will not be taking me up there again.

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Once up top we all soaked in the view then it was time to get this adventure started.

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Coasting back down the road to the start of the trail.

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The trail for the most park is rolling with a few steep short climbs along the way. They may not actually be steep, but at nearly 8000 feet it felt tougher than it probably should have been.

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Great Views as we circle the two lakes

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Soaking it all in

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Looking out the peak we started on 10 or so miles ago. Good time for a lunch stop

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Twinkies expended for this ride 16+ (For those just following along instead of calories expended for a ride I use the equivalent in Twinkies)

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After our short lunch break it was time to wrap up this ride. The trail would go back into the trees with a bit more rolling.

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Eventually we rolled up to this point where we took in the view then put the camera away for a bit. Then the next four or so miles we would be having too much fun to stop.

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Rolling out of the trail the water looked very inviting

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What a ride!

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Looking back up at the Mountain we were just on not that long ago.

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It was a Trek day!

Great day to be out on the trails. It certainly was hot, appreciate the cool breeze that kicked in right when it was needed.

21 miles and 3000ā€™ elevation loss, Iā€™d put this trail on my repeat list.

Photo Credit: Brian Holsclaw, Erik Alston, Milt Kageyama