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The trail is mostly dry. There's one huge mud bog on one of the northwest sections (?). This was my first time riding there so I may have that wrong. Just keep an eye out if you're up there, even hiking around it would be a sloppy mess.
Having never been there, and wanting some place new to go, I ended up at Orion Oaks with some friends today. We rode most all of the trail, and practically all of it was dry, or just a slight bit soft. The only mud we encountered was in the far southeast corner, right along the lake.
The trails seem to be nice beginner-type stuff and I think I'll be bringing my girlfriend here once I get a bike for her to try.
mostly 2 track and even that has been mowed to be like 10' wide, quite different than most other trails around here that we've ridden, some spots the trail is just grass. There's one hill that comes out of nowhere in the upper teens, maybe 17? it was kinda neat to be in the sun most of the time and be able to pedal full tilt down hill and look around without worrying about anything, but it wasn't very challenging.
This is a great spot for a beginners' night ride - nothing technical, but still plenty of fun in the dark. A couple of nights ago I stopped for a look around in the middle of the large field at the East end. The grass is mostly chest high and the field is a couple hundred yards across in each direction. I counted six pairs of eyes reflecting back at me from three different corners.
RQ1 wrote:This is a great spot for a beginners' night ride - nothing technical, but still plenty of fun in the dark.
Yeah, it is a great spot for a night ride except for the fact that, like other OC Parks, Orion Oaks officially closes at 1/2 hour after dusk. Apparently you can be ticketed for being in there after closing if a park official or, more likely, an OC sheriff deputy finds you there.
Anyone know how Orion Oaks is right now? I want to take my fiancee out there so she can try her new (to her) 29er off road for the first time. I figure it's a good place to get familiar with riding on dirt.
There's some mud along the grassy stretch west of the Clarkston Road entrance, and one more short patch near the West entrance. In both cases you can pick a line around the wet stuff. Everywhere else, it's pretty much dry.
It's a good starter trail for Significant Others, but be prepared for unleashed dogs - they were out in force today. I had 3 separate cases of over-excited dog greetings. "Don't worry he just wants to play..."
Rode Orion Oaks today. Snow flurries in the air, a few crunchy frozen muddy spots, and just enough bite in the wind to have cold toes at the end of the ride. I really wish some dedicated singletrack could be developed at Orion. The ride is a fairly good cardio work out if riden at a hard pace, but the technical demands are sorely lacking. There seems to be a fair amount of un-used wooded area that could provide some isolated singletrack opportunities. Does anyone know the status of potential trail development at Orion?
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