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post #1 of 17 Old 04-29-2014, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Portland to Tahoe - May 2014

Next month I'm headed to Lake Tahoe for a bachelor/bachelorette weekend and my wife suggested I ride down there while she fly's. Well, that settles it, see you there. So, I'm leaving on a Thursday after work (off at 2 pm). I'm thinking I'll stop in Klamath Falls for the night.

Day 2 I'm planning on headed south through Adin and Susanville before making it to the Cabin/House/whatever we are staying in by early to mid afternoon.

Day 3 and 4 we will be in Tahoe with the party so my riding will probably be about zero.

Day 5 I'm headed back north. I'd like to go through Lassen National Park then up to Lakeview for the night.

Day 6 is back home to Portland. For those who have spent some time out there, what should my route from Lakeview to Portland be? I was thinking about heading up Hwy 395 to Hwy 20, head west then North to Prineville before getting on 26, over Mt. Hood and home.

Please give me some advice if you have any. I've been to Crater Lake a few times so I will be skipping it this ride. Everything else I'm open too. Even considering going East on Hwy 50 to Austin, NV, then north to Winnemucca and ending in Burns for Day 5.

Here is the tentative map.

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Day 6: on your return. I would take 395 to 31 and then onto La Pine. Take 97 up to Madras and catch 26. Your route north covers allot of flat land until you hit the Prineville reservoir on 27. 31 is not a bad road and you can swing in and see Ft Rock if you've never been there.
Warning, both routes don't sell allot of gas!

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Off 395 Milford grade/beckwourth or last chance creek to 89 are interesting roads if you like solitude. Haven't been on them for many years though

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Day 6: on your return. I would take 395 to 31 and then onto La Pine. Take 97 up to Madras and catch 26. Your route north covers allot of flat land until you hit the Prineville reservoir on 27. 31 is not a bad road and you can swing in and see Ft Rock if you've never been there.
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I was thinking that too. Sounds like it might be a little more interesting than Hwy 395 and 20. I've seen Fort Rock from a distance but never up close. How much time should I give myself to check it out?

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Here's a more "fun" route from Portland to Lakeview. Be forewarned that this route has a few miles of gravel from just south of Prineville Reservoir to Hwy 20. But it's good wide gavel as long as there hasn't been a downpour within the last 24 hours.

If you wanted more gravel, you could head further south when you hit 20 and then west over the Paulina Lakes then towards LaPine before heading further south towards Silver Lake. Really strongly consider FS28 from Silver Lake all the way to Lakeview. Miles and miles and miles of 1.5 lane paved forest roads.

This route would obviously take longer but way more fun.

http://goo.gl/maps/G5MIH

Your route on Hwy 20 towards Riley then south on 395 is snoozeville if you ask me.



Here's a route from Lakeview to Tahoe. I rode the Lakeview to I80 portion of this in late May last year and Hwy 447 had absolutely no traffic. Hwy 395 is a main truck route so I'd avoid that if I were you. This route also has about 10-15 miles of gravel over Fandango pass. But what an absolutely beautiful trip. I will be doing it again this year, just because.

https://goo.gl/maps/sGcjr

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Here's a more "fun" route from Portland to Lakeview. Be forewarned that this route has a few miles of gravel from just south of Prineville Reservoir to Hwy 20. But it's good wide gavel as long as there hasn't been a downpour within the last 24 hours.

If you wanted more gravel, you could head further south when you hit 20 and then west over the Paulina Lakes then towards LaPine before heading further south towards Silver Lake. Really strongly consider FS28 from Silver Lake all the way to Lakeview. Miles and miles and miles of 1.5 lane paved forest roads.

This route would obviously take longer but way more fun.

http://goo.gl/maps/G5MIH

Your route on Hwy 20 towards Riley then south on 395 is snoozeville if you ask me.



Here's a route from Lakeview to Tahoe. I rode the Lakeview to I80 portion of this in late May last year and Hwy 447 had absolutely no traffic. Hwy 395 is a main truck route so I'd avoid that if I were you. This route also has about 10-15 miles of gravel over Fandango pass. But what an absolutely beautiful trip. I will be doing it again this year, just because.

https://goo.gl/maps/sGcjr
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Why not put him on NF-18. Cabin lake road starts next to Fort Rock and puts you on the east side of Bend. You have him headed the wrong way, day six he's headed home to Portland.

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So you guys think this would make a good ride from Lakeview to Portland?

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=l...=1,2,3&t=m&z=8

Will I have enough fuel to make it from Lakeview to Prineville?

Thanks for the suggestions.

Also, I just realized I put June not May. I'm actually headed down there in a few weeks. I think the roads will be clear.

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I was thinking that too. Sounds like it might be a little more interesting than Hwy 395 and 20. I've seen Fort Rock from a distance but never up close. How much time should I give myself to check it out?
Ft Rock is 7 miles off of 31. It's an interesting place and it all depends how much you want to stretch your legs and explore. It has a small park right at it's base so the walk can be minimal. I've used it for a lunch break spot in the past.

Shame your timing would be off to eat at this place off of 31, they only serve dinner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc5R9XOlotw

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Ft Rock is 7 miles off of 31. It's an interesting place and it all depends how much you want to stretch your legs and explore. It has a small park right at it's base so the walk can be minimal. I've used it for a lunch break spot in the past.

Shame your timing would be off to eat at this place off of 31, they only serve dinner.

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Highway 31: Oregon's Outback Scenic Byway - YouTube
Looks like Hwy 31 it is.

Any fuel between Lakeview and Prineville?

Appreciate all of the help you guys are giving.

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Why not put him on NF-18. Cabin lake road starts next to Fort Rock and puts you on the east side of Bend. You have him headed the wrong way, day six he's headed home to Portland.
His original post said nothing about off pavement so I wasn't sure if he'd be willing to do FS18 as it's a bit longer. But if he's willing, that would be a better route, yes.

Lakeview to Prineville via that route is 222 miles which is within range but with not much to spare. There is fuel in Paisley which would put you easily within range of Prineville if you are staying off FS28. Even if you do FS28 Paisley is not that far off of 28.

Fuel also in Christmas Valley and Riley. Don't know if the station in Silver Lake is still open?

Enjoy yourself!

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