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Old 03-04-2019, 01:08 AM
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Overlanding in Oregon!

Hello Anyone!! My name is Justin and I'm planning an overlanding trip into Oregon. I just moved to San Francisco for school and currently know little to nothing about Oregon. The trip will start March 16 and I'm planning to be back into SF by the 23rd. I NEED YOUR HELP!

Before moving, I've lived in SoCal where I explored most of everything my favorite being the Sierra Nevadas. I'm very experienced in overlanding and I'm very exited for Oregon.

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Route 3 looks like an awesome way to start navigating into Oregon, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding information on these routes. I've got it mapped from 42.130200, -122.483001 to 42.431343, -122.351652 (Which isn't much)
For example, Points of interest. Waterfalls. Lakes. Weather conditions during this time (I will be calling the park rangers for hopefully some advice) I fricken map that isnt $20?!?!
Crater lake and Umpque Hot Springs look cool...
I hate camp sites...
Other than this I'm a sponge wanting more knowledge in this area.
Please share your experiences and places I should not skip.

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crater lake will be buried in snow buddy just told me Bend got 3 feet in the last week or so. Lots of good guide books at places like barnes and noble.
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Anything in the mountains during that time of the year would need a check for pass closures. Expect snow to down to 2,000' still. It could clear up and be nice, but don't count on it.

If you can get to Crater Lake then do it. The coast range would have less snow in March leaving you with more easily explored areas. Save the higher elevation mountains for the summer time.

North of Crater Lake and just SE out of Bend is Paulina Lake. It sits at a higher elevation than Crater Lake by 103'. There is a camp ground there if open.

To the Northwest of Mitchell are the Painted Hills.

Water falls can be found outside of Salem at Silver Falls State Park and should not be a problem in March. Along Highway 30 which runs parallel to Hwy 84 are several falls including Multnomah Falls.

These are all paved access roads which should be clear in March.
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Okay. So this might be harder than I thought. I just recieved this message from the Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Association. I think I'm still going to do it. Chains with front and rear lockers have gotten me through some pretty heavy blizards.
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You can try, just be sure to bring enough supplies


Man lost in snow for five days survived on Taco Bell sauce packets - Story | WNYW


Mountains are usually accessible in late June early July
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Hahaha.... yea I dont think this is a possibility. I just got this follow up email from Leonard... who is a member of the club who oversees those trails.
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I think I'll stick to some overlanding in Northern California. Anyone got ideas. I love the snow. I'm thinking anything north of Yosemite. Maybe do some snow boarding in Tahoe. NoCal is a little different than SoCal I guess....
Shit maybe Moab. I havent been there in a year or two. Ever since I sold my beautiful YJ. Funny thing is that moab is a shorter drive where I used to live.
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Look up Lost Coast and Shelter Cove. You do know they have some big trees in Northern California. No offroading needed

From where Highway 1 turns inland from the coast towards Legett, just north of Westport (last town on Hwy 1 coastline, last gas was Fort Bragg). There is a gravel road on the left of Hwy 1 called Usal Rd. Follow that north
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That looks pretty awesome. Thank you for the suggestion! I think I'm going to start with that route for the trip then move to the Mendocino National Forest and end with Tahoe snowboarding!
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Avenue of the Giants is a fantastic place to check out. I did it on 2 wheels, but wished I had 4 wheels on a 4x4 for a lot of the non-maintained roads just off of it. Norcal lost coast is super cool. Just don't accidentally stumble on someones private
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Im definitely heading up to the Redwoods and that picture looks awesome!
The packing starts now..... I'll make sure I take good pictures for you guys 🙂
I also attached a photo of cow mountain two weeks ago. Still snowy 🙂
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Just got back from the trip. Here are some pictures of Usal Rd camp sites. A little too much on the beaten trail for me but it was extremely beautiful. The rains had caused the outlet to over flow and it was pretty cool to see it break out to the ocean. Once it started draining the river's water line dropped a good amount.
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