About the Grizzly Mtn Ride

About the Ride…

The Grizzly Mountain Endurance Ride began in 1999, managed by Linda Tribby and Sara Miller, with tons of help from their husbands, Dennis and Roger. They managed the ride together for several years, before Linda and Dennis Tribby took the ride on solely and continued to manage it until the end of 2016. Max and Darlene Merlich agreed to take over the ride after turning “their” ride, Mt Adams, back to one of its original managers, due mostly to logistical and geographical reason. Max and Darlene have enjoyed managing this early season ride, but have decided to narrow their focus on managing just one ride per season, as their lives have expanded into other interests, including their Hobie Cat kayaks and their Harley Sportster. As part of a year plus long, handover, Max and Darlene will be mentoring and guiding Sharalyn Hay and her honey, Richard, to managing the Grizzly Mtn Ride after 2022. Already good friends, these four work well together and remain excited for the future of the ride.

Held between Madras, OR and Prineville, OR, the ride is largely held on public land. You can expect to see numerous Juniper trees, sagebrush, and plentiful range grass.

One can expect moderate elevation changes at the Grizzly Ride, with intermittent rock.  Hoof boots or shoes are highly recommended. This is not a “barefoot” friendly ride. There are more places that are excellent footing, with some places mixed in that would not be kind to bare hooves.

One of the first rides of each endurance season, Grizzly Mtn tends to attract more than a few riders and their “springy” horses. The weather has been up and down over the years, but it tends to be “warmish” and sometimes breezy. There have been years that strayed either direction of that! Some will recall the year that Roger Miller towed several rigs into the ridecamp. The weather didn’t deter the riders then and it doesn’t now.

About Max and Darlene…

Max and Darlene bring over a decade of ride managing experience to the Grizzly Mtn Ride table. Darlene managed some rides in NW Washington State in the 90’s, and agreed to take on the Mt Adams ride after that. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 miles of endurance between them on everything from 25’s to 100 milers, multi days on mules, Arabians, and, well, you name it, Max and Darlene have seen a bunch of miles on the trails. They enjoy utilizing what they learned about managing tough rides on the Grizzly Mtn Ride, finding good trails, marking them well, placing water in just the right spots, bringing in top notch veterinarians, and providing a great ride camp experience.

Max Merlich on TER Ramone, finishing 3rd overall and eventually winning the coveted Best Condition award at the Grizzly Mtn Ride, 2014.
Darlene Merlich on SAR Tiki Rock on, at the 2011 Grizzly Mtn Ride, where Rock finished his first 50 miler.
Darlene and Max on Rio (Xtreme Surprise) and Miles (TCF Miles High) at the 2017 Sand Canyon Ride (EDRA) in eastern Washington, 2017. ~Photo by David Honan

About Sharalyn and Richard…

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