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by Kathy 14. December 2010 21:32

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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:


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:


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.

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Comments (2) -

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


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 United States | Reply

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


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

Kathy United States | Reply

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