Grizzly Mtn Trail Tracks (to load into your Gaia GPS App!)

I have linked my Google drive below with the GPS tracks for the Grizzly Mtn Ride.

GPS files for Grizzly Trails

You should be able to download the gpx or tcx file onto your phone and they will open up in your Gaia App.

Sue Summers will be available to help you with any issues you may be having getting the tracks into your Gaia. I am “stupid lucky” at it. That means I hack around until I get it, then I don’t recall how I got it. Sound familiar?


Grizzly Mtn 2018 Housekeeping Items

More like trail keeping, right? ♥

Our pre-registrations are coming in like crazy, thank you! If you’re just reading this and haven’t sent in your registration, no worries, bring it with you! However, please drop a note to Carol Giles ( and give her your details so she can include you on her spreadsheet that she’s going to hand off to Karen Leiman, who will be in charge of registrations at camp. Thank you for all your help, Carol and Karen! SO APPRECIATED!  So far, we’ve have had just over 60 registrations sent in. THANK YOU! A few more signed up for the 75 and we’ll have full fields in all three distances!

I received a call from Gail Williams (PNER Ride Manager Extraordinaire!) tonight. She has offered to come and be our in camp timekeeper. THANKS SO MUCH, GAIL!!

PNER President, Kristen Grace, will be running our out vet check. Many thanks to her for that!

It truly takes a village to put on a ride. I love this village.

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View from the Grizzly Mtn Ridecamp 2017 ~Photo by Kay Ickes

⇒ Gate Keepers

Several folks have stepped up to volunteer, thank you so much! We will need 2-4 gate keepers (mostly lined up, thank you!). Two on the Rimrock Loop, on each side of an active grazing allotment with cows in it, and two on the Warner loop, also bordering an active grazing allotment. We will need a couple on the Tribby Loop, as well.


⇒ There’s an out vet check?

YES! The Rimrock Loop has an out check at 15 miles. All distances are going through here. Ride management will transport your crew bags out and there will be a horse ambulance available. Crews are welcome. Driving directions below. Hold times have been announced, however, like all things distance riding, subject to change!

Driving directions from the Grizzly Mtn Ride Camp to the out vet check on the Rimrock Loop:  Driving Directions to out VC – Rimrock Loop

⇒ Weather

Welcome to Central Oregon, where the weather changes hourly in the spring! All indications are pointing to a mostly sunny day, near 60° or better. YES!

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⇒ Dinner!!

I see on the sheet that we have approximately 35 people signed up. Please go have a look and if you can’t sign up for food because the sheet won’t cooperate, please contact me,, and I’ll get you on there. Please get your name on there soon! Chef Woody needs numbers by this coming Wednesday, April 18!

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It’s not too late to register for the Grizzly Mtn Ride!

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You can still register for the Grizzly Mtn Ride!

Please send your entries to:

Carol Giles ( electronically.

If you want to print and send your registration in, you may still do so! Send them to me at the following address:

Darlene Merlich

14481 SW Twin Lakes Rd

Powell Butte, OR 97753

You may also register on site, however, if you choose to go this route, please send Carol an email with your information so that she can get you on the registration sheet. If you’re a maybe, just let her know. She’ll make the notation!

We need as accurate as numbers as possible so we can make sure to have enough food for everyone!

Don’t forget to register for your Friday meal!  ⇒ Friday Meal Spreadsheet

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Grizzly Mtn Ride Trailkeeping Notes!


The Grizzly Mtn Ride is just a couple of short weeks away!  April 21 is quickly approaching!

GATES! I need 5-6 gate volunteers. The Rimrock Loop has several gates that need tending since the cows will be released soon. If you can “man” a gate, please let me know asap! This loop will be “done” before noon on Saturday of the ride.

Contact me here: 

Carol Giles is doing pre-registrations for the ride. If you are emailing an entry, please send it to her here:

If you have questions about your entry, you can fill the following contact form and it will go to Carol: 

Hey Riders, dinner is on us, Friday night at the Grizzly Mtn Ride!

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Again this year, Landmark Catering, Woody and Celena, will be serving burgers (vegetarian and gluten-free too!) Friday before the ride meeting!

You’ll be getting an all beef burger (courtesy of Trails End Ranch, Max & Darlene Merlich), or veggie burger, or a  bratwurst, complete with the fixins, potato salad, green salad, soda and beer! (Soda and beer, courtesy of Sabiq Arabian Ranch, Ron Sproat and Carol Giles). 

If you’re entered in the Grizzly Mtn Ride, your meal is on us! You can feed the rest of your gang for the very reasonable price of $8/person.  Oh, and hey, Volunteers? Your meal is on us too! We appreciate our volunteers and vets!

What do we need from you? Your entry! We need a rough head count so we have enough food for all. Last year, based on entries, we ordered food for 60 folks, and guess what, we have over 100 folks for dinner! That’s awesome, but we want to make sure we don’t run out of grits!

Please drop me a quick note if you plan on being at the Grizzly Mtn Ride, and if you’ll be wanting to feed your crew,  so we have enough food for all. Also let us know if you’re needing a veggie burger or would like a gluten-free bun.  You can put your name & how many dinners you would like in a google doc we’ve created here:

Grizzly Mtn Ride Friday Dinner

I’ve even provided a convenient contact form below:

Thank you, and we’ll see you in a couple weeks at the Grizzly Mtn Ride!

Darlene, Max and all of the Grizzly Mtn Gang!