Welcome to the Grizzly Mountain Distance Competition!

Effective 5/6/2020, the 2020 Grizzly Mtn Ride is canceled. We’re very sorry. See our blog for a complete update.

~Max and Darlene Merlich

April 18-19, 2020

April 18, 2020 May 16: Endorsed by EDRA

April 19, 2020 May 17: Sanctioned by AERC

The Grizzly Mountain Ride offers distances of 25, 50 and 75 miles each day, as well as a 50-mile Test Your Mettle Relay and Intro Ride of 10-15 miles (Test Your Mettle and Intro Rides are available only on Saturday).

Possible 100 miler to be offered. Five entries required. See 3/30/2020 blog post.

Ride Camp:

Ride camp will be on the Miller Ranch, on Hwy 97. A beautiful flat ride camp with lots of horse water, a communal bonfire, and room to spread out.

(Please thank Roger and Sara Miller for their generosity and hospitality when you see them!)


12205 Hwy 26, Madras, OR

Central Oregon: Hwy 97 traveling South, left at the south end of Madras, OR onto SE Hwy 26 (Madras-Prineville Hwy). Travel 11.5 mi

From Hwy 97, traveling North, in Terrebonne, turn right onto Smith Rock Way. go approximately 5.5 miles, turn left onto Lone Pine Rd, go approximately 6 miles to SE Hwy 26, turn left, go 2 miles, turn right towards camp.

Signs will be out on Hwy 26.


44°27’31.9″N 121°02’09.3″W

Head Veterinarian: Dr Cassee Terry of Redmond Veterinary Clinic

Ride Secretary: Shawna Bowin

Entry form and Release:

Pre-register to save the $10 on-site registration fee. Volunteers should register, too, so we can get a count and so you can reserve your FREE meal. You will still need to check in with the secretary when you arrive, to finalize all the information and sign a waiver form.


Mixed high desert trails, lots of two track road and cow trails, and a small amount of gravel road. Some sections of rock. Very doable trails! Plentiful water. Please seriously consider hoof protection. Gentle rolling elevation changes. Gates! This area is grazed by range cattle, so gates are a fact of life out here. Hopefully, as was the case last year, we’ll be having the ride ahead of the cattle being released into the area and the gates won’t be an issue. Fingers crossed!


  • Intro Ride: $35
  • 25 miles: $100
  • 50 miles: $115
  • 75 miles: $135
  • 50 mile Test Your Mettle Relay: $230
  • Youth Riders (18 & under): FREE for any distance!
    • Thanks to a generous donation from the EDRA group, there was a fund created in 2018 to pay entries for all junior/youth riders in the PNER region, regardless of organization affiliation. Until this fund is depleted, all junior/youth riders 18 and under will ride for free at participating NW and EDRA rides! If you’re interested in donating to the Mary and Anna Memorial Junior Rider Fund, please contact Sue McLain (kastu88@msn.com )

No additional fees for non-EDRA members! All riders welcome!

$15 Non-member fee applies to AERC entries.

Discounts (One discount/rider):

  • 50% Ride Manager discount will be given to ALL Ride Managers who reciprocate the discount.


Horse Water, Port-a-potties, Dinner provided Saturday night (special considerations will be given to gluten-free/vegetarian riders if they fill make a note when pre-registering, if at all possible.)


  • No open fires
  • Dogs must be safely contained
  • Spread hay and manure

2020 Ride Flyer: ⇓ (All information is subject to change!)

2020 Grizzly Mtn FINAL 1-13-2020

All EDRA & AERC rules apply

The Grizzly Mountain Ride will be endorsed and sanctioned by EDRA and AERC.

Equine Distance Riders Association

American Endurance Ride Conference

More information to come as it is available!

We welcome everyone into our endurance/distance riding community, without regard to race, gender, age, color, national origin, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or endurance/distance riding organization affiliation.