Around the World... One Journey at a Time. Around the World... One Journey at a Time.






Glacier N.P. & Pacific Northwest

by Kathy 14. December 2010 21:32

Back to Glacier National Park & Pacific Northwest Index Page

<< Oregon—Prospect OHV Trail System | Idaho—Canfield Mountain Trail System >>

 

Oregon—Winom-Frazier OHV Trail System

The Winom-Frazier OHV Trail System covers over 100 miles in central Oregon, through the Umatilla National Forest. We had been looking forward to sinking into some pools of soothing water at the Lehman Hot Springs, located at the north end of the trails; however, we arrived to find only vacant buildings with a big “No Trespassing” sign at the entrance.

Plan “B” was the nearby Frazier Campground, a public site right at the trailhead to Winom-Frazier. The campground was small (about 20 spots), but the sites were large and spaced nicely apart. There were only a few other campers there, so we had no problem finding a terrific spot that had a lot of room for the kids to explore.

Our campsite:

We had a lot of privacy:


Genevieve and Sebastian set to work at once, building a “fort”.




The campground kiosk did not offer any paper trail maps that we could carry with us during our ride.  However, we took digital photos of the large map that was posted. Here is one section:

The map was neatly labeled, with trails that were identified as green, blue or black. We scoped out a good loop consisting of mostly blue (intermediate) trails.

Despite consulting our map photos numerous times, we managed to get lost repeatedly during our ride. The map trails did not seem to include the entire web of roads/trails that ran through the forest. So we took wrong turns at intersections, backtracked, ended up on private property, backtracked again, mistakenly thought with great conviction that we knew where we were (ha!), backtracked some more, and never quite covered the trails that we had intended to reach. However, we still had fun exploring!

Sebastian and Ben, on the quad track that led from the campground area:

Genevieve, on one of the few smooth trails out there:

The trails wound up and down hills, with lots of loose rocks, ruts, some tree roots, and more rocks.  

Here is one trail, winding upwards:

Sebastian was so jazzed when he sailed to the top of a twisting, rocky uphill without stopping. Arriving at the top:

He gave a big thumbs up (and the memory of that climb made his eyes light up for days):

The big chunky rocks really bounced the kids’ small tires around.


Genevieve, making a turn at the top of a rise:

Her pace was brisk during the curvy sections. Here she is with Ben:

Another rocky slope (with Ben riding in the upper left):

Sebastian, Genevieve and Ben at the top:

Sebastian found a rock that looked like Mickey Mouse:

Genevieve, at the top of a hill with far-reaching views:

To the person who put up this trail marker: Yes, we can see that it is a “Trail”; it would be helpful, however, if you could identify which ONE it was, with a number or name.

Sebastian, making his way through more rocks:

Sebastian and Ben, riding along the ridgeline trail:

Along the ridge, we had a reprieve from the rocks.  Genevieve:

Her bike, with mine:

The reprieve was short-lived:

Ben:

Sebastian, getting ready to charge uphill:

Genevieve picked her way up this trail:

Sebastian was happy to enter this smooth section through the trees.

When trying to find our way back to the campground, we did come across some beautiful little signs with the trail names carved in wood—thank you!


Sebastian, crossing over a small bridge:

We scooted around this log:

Sebastian slipped on the loose soil and rocks in this corner.

When I went to help, he waved me away, saying, “I just need some time to gather myself together.”  

I hear you, Babe. I’ve been there myself.

After a while, he was ready to tackle that trail again. Onward, ho!

A loud churning noise made us stop.  Ben pointed toward some trees.  Look, over there!

It was a log gathering machine, with a large claw on the back:

The claw would reach over the side . . .

. . . grab some logs, and stack them on top of the truck bed:

We were all mesmerized. 

Continuing on, Genevieve made her way through another rock bed:

We encountered a lot of downhill sections on the way back to the campground. The soil was dry and slick, but Genevieve and Sebastian were getting quite good at using their back brake, while finessing the front. The rocks, however, added an additional challenge.

Genevieve, coming down a slope:

Sometimes, the downhills had a rut too, just to make things interesting:

Another downhill for Genevieve:


And another:

Sebastian:

Almost back at camp:

Each riding area on this trip has offered its own challenges to Genevieve and Sebastian, giving them practice with a particular element. Shasta Lake allowed them to get comfortable with greater speeds on winding gravel roads. John’s Peak OHV had introduced the kids to hill climbs with big ruts. Prospect OHV had deep sand, as well as high-bermed twisting trails for speedy fun. And now, Winom-Frazier had acquainted them with rocks, rocks and more rocks.

Riding among all those rocks today had definitely stretched Genevieve and Sebastian’s skills to a new level.  And Ben and I were so proud of their accomplishments!  

We would love to come back here again with the kids on their current (bigger) bikes and find those trails that we never reached, or get lost again and end up on some crusty single track, perhaps scattered with Mickey Mouse rocks.  


Additional Information About Winom-Frazier OHV:

The extensive trail system at Winom-Frazier was created in 1984 through the hard work of the Northwest Trailrider Association, and was intended for motorcycles and ATVs. Hikers, horse-back riders, and mountain bikers also share the trails.

Link to US Forest Service info on Winom-Frazier. 

Link to Oregon OHV Association info on Winom-Frazier OHV, including directions. 

Campground: We camped in the Frazier Campground, off of State Highway 244. The cost was $10 per night.

Back to Glacier National Park & Pacific Northwest Index Page

<< Oregon—Prospect OHV Trail System | Idaho—Canfield Mountain Trail System >>

Comments (2) -

12/16/2010 7:13:24 AM #

Donnie

Hi Kathy!

I normaly prefer motorcycle RRs that include the husband and wife because that is the way I like to travel!  This one is double that with Genevieve and Sebastian!

Donnie

Donnie United States | Reply

12/16/2010 11:41:06 AM #

Kathy

Thanks, Donnie!  Yes, riding with Genevieve and Sebastian provides double the excitement and fun.  We have many adventures ahead, that is for sure.
Kathy

Kathy United States | Reply

Add comment

  Country flag

biuquote
  • Comment
  • Preview
Loading

Map of Our Journeys

(click the map to enlarge)
Our travel map



Places We’ve Been, w/Quick Links

Bhutan
   Bumthang Valley
   Gom Kora
   Kanglung
   Mongar
   Paro Valley
   Punakha Dzong
   Sangdrup Jongkhar
   Thimphu
   Tongsa
   Wangdi Phrodrang

Bolivia
   Caranavi
   Guanay
   Janko Marca
   La Paz
   Laguna Colorada
   Laguna Verde
   Llica
   Potosí
   Queteña
   Rurrenabaque
   Sajama
   Salar de Coipasa
   Salar de Uyuni
   San Pablo
   Santa Rosa
   Sorata
   Sud Lipez
   Tupiza
   World’s Most Dangerous Road

Canada
   Banff National Park
   Battle Hill Nat'l Hist. Site
   Boya Lake Prov. Park, BC
   Burns Lake Bike Park
   Canyon Sainte-Anne
   Chetwynd
   Dawson Creek
   Eastern Townships
   Fort Nelson
   Isle-aux-Coudres
   Jasper National Park
   Kluane Lake, YK
   'Ksan Historical Village
   Lake Louise
   Liard Hot Springs
   Montreal
   Niagara Falls
   Ottawa
   Quebec City
   Quesnel
   Thousand Islands
   Toronto
   Vancouver
   Vancouver Island
   Victoria
   Watson Lake
   Whistler
   Whitehorse

China
   Beijing
   Datong
   Forbidden City
   Great Wall at Mutianyu
   Hong Kong
   HuaShan
   Lijiang
   Summer Palace
   Terracotta Warriors
   Tiananmen Square
   Xi’an
   Yangshuo
   Yungang Caves

Costa Rica
   Arenal Volcano
   Finca Corsicana
   Hanging Bridges
   Manuel Antonio
   Poas Volcano
   Proyecto Asis
   Quepos
   Sarchi
   Sky Trek Zip Lining
   Venado Caves
   Zarcero

France
   Paris

Ecuador
   Amazon Rainforest
   Chaquiñan Bicycle Trail
   La Mitad del Mundo
   Napo Wildlife Center
   Papallacta Hot Springs
   Proyecto DCR
   Quito
   Yasuní National Park

India
   Bagdogra
   Darjeeling
   Delhi
   Gawahati
   Jaigaon
   Kalimpong

Mexico
   Baja California
   Crucecita
   Frida Kahlo Museum
   Hierve el Agua
   Huatulco
   Marietas Islands
   Mazunte
   Mexico City
   Monte Alban
   Oaxaca City
   Patzcuaro
   Puerto Angel
   Puerto Escondido
   Puerto Vallarta
   San Agustin
   San Martin Tilcajete
   Santa Fe de la Laguna
   Santa María el Tule
   Sayulita
   Studio of Jacobo Angeles
   Teotihuacán
   Teotitlán del Valle
   TzinTzunTzan
   Yagul
   Yelapa

Namibia
   Caprivi
   Dead Vlei
   Elondo Village
   Etosha Nat'l Park
   Hippo Pools Camp
   Hoba Meteorite
   Katutura
   Khowarib Camp
   Moose McGregor's Bakery
   Mowani Camp
   Ngepi Camp
   Nkasa Lupala
   n'Kwzi Camp
   River Dance Lodge
   Seisfontein
   Seisriem Camp
   Sossusvlie
   Swakopmund
   Treesleeper Camp
   Twyfeltein
   Windhoek

Peru
   Balsas
   Barranca
   Cajabamba
   Cajamarca
   Caraz
   Cañón del Pato
   Celendín
   Cerro de Pasco
   Chachapoyas
   Cusco
   Huamachuco
   Huánico
   Huaraz
   La Oroya
   Leymebamba
   Llanganuco
   Lima
   Machu Picchu
   Moyobamba
   Nuevo Jaén
   Pallasca
   Pampas
   Tápuc
   Tarapoto
   Tarma
   Tingo Maria
   Tocache
   Yungay Memorial

Portugal
   Burgau
   Coimbra
   Evora
   Lisbon
   Marvao
   Nazare
   Obidos
   Portimao
   Sintra
   Sitio

South Africa
   Johannesburg

Spain
   Barcelona
   Bilbao
   Hondarribia
   Madrid
   Montserrat
   Nerja
   Rock of Gibraltar
   Ronda
   Santillana del Mar
   Tolosa
   Zaragoza

United States National Parks
   Arches National Park, UT
   Badlands National Park, SD
   Bandelier National Monument, NM
   Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
   Cahokia Mounds (UNESCO site), IL
   Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
   Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Cape Hatteras National Shoreline, NC
   Capitol Reef National Park, UT
   Civil Rights Memorial, AL
   Death Valley National Park, CA
   Denali National Park, AK
   Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY
   El Morro National Monument, NM
   Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
   Glacier National Park, MT
   Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
   Grand Tetons National Park, WY
   Great Basin National Park, NV
   Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI
   Joshua Tree National Park, CA
   Kaloko-Honokohau Nat'l Hist. Park, HI
   Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, NM
   King's Canyon National Park, CA
   Martin Luther King Jr. Nat'l Hist. Site, GA
   Mesa Verde National Park, CO
   Montezuma's Castle Nat'l Monument, AZ
   Monticello, VA
   Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
   Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
   Olympic National Park, WA
   Petrified Wood National Park, AZ
   Pinnacles National Monument, CA
   Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Nat'l Hist Pk, HI
   Pu'ukohola Heiau Nat'l Historic Site, HI
   San Antonio Missions Nat'l Hist. Park, TX
   Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ
   Walnut Canyon National Monument, AZ
   Washington Monument
   White Sands National Monument, NM
   Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, AK
   Wright Brothers National Memorial in NC
   Yellowstone National Park, WY
   Yosemite National Park, CA

United States, Cities and Places
   The Alamo, TX
   Alaska Wildlife Conservation Cntr.
   Alpine Loop in CO
   Anchorage, AK
   Antares Junction, AZ
   Arctic Circle, AK
   Barrel Oak Winery in VA
   Biloxi, MS
   Bottle Tree Farm in CA
   Calico Ghost Town, CA
   Canfield Mountain Trail System, ID
   Cape St. Vincent, NY
   Carson City, NV
   Carter Caves State Park in KY
   Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, CA
   Child's Glacier, AK
   Circle B Chuckwagon Show in SD
   City Museum in MO
   Cody, WY
   Corn Palace in SD
   Crazy Horse Memorial in SD
   Custer State Park, SD
   Dalton Highway, AK
   Dinosaur Tracks in AZ
   Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC
   Dry Falls (Sun Lakes-Dry Falls), WA
   Fairbanks, AK
   Front Royal, VA
   Gallup, NM
   Goffs, CA
   Grand Canyon Caves, AZ
   Grand Canyon Skywalk, AZ
   Grave Digger Monster Truck in NC
   Great Salt Lake, UT
   Hackberry General Store in AZ
   Hannibal, MO
   Hatteras Island, NC
   Hawaii (Big Island)
   Hickison Petroglyphs, NV
   Holbrook, AZ
   Hole in the Rock, UT
   Homer, AK
   Honey Island Swamp Tour in LA
   Hoover Dam, NV
   Hyder, AK
   Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. in AZ
   John’s Peak OHV Area, OR
   Kailua-Kona, HI
   Keepers of the Wild Nature Park in AZ
   Kennecott, AK
   Kennecott Copper Mine in UT
   Kingman, AZ
   Lake Havasu, AZ
   Lake Tahoe, NV
   Las Vegas, NV (winter 2010)
   Little Brown Church in IA
   London Bridge in AZ
   Loneliest Road in America, Hwy. 50, NV
   Los Angeles, CA
   Lost Colony Show on Roanoke Isl., NC
   Lowe’s Speedway in NC
   Mardi Gras World in LA
   Mark Twain Museum in MO
   Meteor Crater, AZ
   Million Dollar Highway, CO
   Minnesota Zoo
   Mitchell, SD
   Moab, UT
   Moab, UT (dirt biking)
   Montgomery, AL
   Montpelier, ID
   Navajo Nation, AZ
   Needles, CA
   Nevada Beach, NV
   Newberry Springs, CA
   New River Gorge, WV
   New Orleans, LA
   Niagara Falls 
   North Pole, AK
   Oatman, AZ
   Old Faithful Geyser in WY
   Omak Stampede, WA
   Painted Desert, AZ
   Park City, UT (summer)
   Plymouth, NC
   Portage Valley, AK
   Portland, OR
   Prospect OHV Trail System, OR
   Resaca, GA
   Riverside State Park, WA
   Rock City in TN
   Rosa Parks Library and Museum in AL
   Roswell, NM
   Russian River, AK
   Salt Lake City, UT
   San Antonio, TX
   San Diego, CA
   San Juan Islands, WA
   San Francisco, CA
   Santa Catalina Island, CA
   Seattle, WA
   Sedona, AZ
   Shoe Tree in CA
   Shoe Tree in NV
   Silverton, CO
   Sonora, TX
   St. Louis, MO
   St. Paul, MN
   Talkeetna, AK
   Telluride, CO
   Route 66
   Twin Knobs Recreation Area in KY
   Virginia Beach, VA
   Washington D.C.
   Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park in IL
   Williamsburg, VA
   Winom Frazier OHV Area, OR
   Winslow, AZ
   Zion National Park, UT

Planning Our Adventures

For us, each journey begins with the initial heart pangs to venture to a certain part of the world. Then the ideas start coming together . . . ahh, the possibilities . . . and the dream evolves gradually into an actual plan. But, oh, the joy of the dream!  Click here to learn more about how we plan and prepare for our journeys.

Where Are We Now?

Click here to discover where we are now, as well as our uncoming travel plans.


Words for the Heart

“. . . and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin