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!

Woody Celena

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!

Calling all Volunteers!

help wanted

If you aren’t able to ride the Grizzly Mtn Ride this year, but would like to offer up your help, we’d love to have you! Vet scribes, timers, pulse takers, (maybe) gate tenders and more.

Even if you’ve touched base with me already, would you do so again so you don’t fall in the cracks and I forget?




Grizzly Mtn Loops, distance and elevation profiles, and ribbon colors. GPS/Gaia GPS app files too!

These are the loops the Grizzly Mtn Ride will be using for the 2018 Grizzly Mtn Ride. You will find the loop configurations beneath these pictures.  ALL of the loops go counter-clockwise .

Grizzly Mtn Ride - All Loops 3-26

2018 Grizzly Train Info

Grizzly Mtn Ribbons!

Grizzly Mtn Ribbons 2018

Rimrock Loop – 26.5 miles – Pink & Blue ribbons

Warner Loop – 16.2 miles – Pink & Black Stripe and White ribbons

Scales Loop – 14 miles – Orange & White ribbons

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Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles – Yellow & Black Stripe and White ribbons

Corners will be marked with bright yellow


Below are pictures of each loop with elevation information

Grizzly Mtn Ride - Rimrock Loop

Grizzly Mtn Ride – Rimrock Loop – 26.5 mi.

Grizzly Mtn Ride - Scales Loop

Grizzly Mtn Ride – Scales Loop – 14 miles

Grizzly Mtn Ride - Tribby Loop

Grizzly Mtn Ride – Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles

Grizzly Mtn Ride - Warner Loop

Grizzly Mtn Ride – Warner Loop – 16.2 mi

Loop Configurations: 

Trail Ride: 

Warner Loop – 16.2 mi OR Tribby Loop – 9.5 mi. (We’ll have a vote at the ride and let the trail riders choose the loop by consensus.)

Short Distance: 

Rimrock Loop – OUT – 15 miles to out vet check. Hold of 45 minutes.

Rimrock Loop – IN – 11.5 miles to Camp, placing at horse’s pulse down to 60 beats per minute.

50 Mile Distance: 

Rimrock Loop – OUT – 15 miles to out vet check. Hold of 15 minutes.

Rimrock Loop – IN – 11.5 miles to Camp, vet check. Hold of 1 hour.

Scales Loop – 16.2 miles – back to Camp. Hold of 30 minutes.

Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles – back to Camp and FINISH.

75 Mile Distance: 

Rimrock Loop – OUT – 15 miles to out vet check. Hold of 15 minutes.

Rimrock Loop – IN – 11.5 miles to Camp, vet check. Hold of 1 hour.

Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles – back to Camp. Hold of 15 minutes.

Warner Loop – 16.2 miles – back to Camp. Hold of 30 minutes.

Scales Loop – 16.2 miles – back to Camp. Hold of 15 minutes.

Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles – back to Camp and FINISH.

Test Your Mettle Relay:

Warner Loop – 16.2 miles – back to Camp. (X2)

Scales Loop – 16.2 miles – back to Camp. (X2)

Tribby Loop – 9.5 miles – back to Camp. (X2)

2018 Grizzly Mtn Trail Info – Printable

GPS Files: 

Grizzly Mtn Ridecamp

Rimrock Loop

Out Vet Check on Rimrock Loop

Warner Loop

Scales Loop

Tribby Loop

If you have any questions on how to load up the GPS tracks, Sue Summers has graciously offered to help people getting set up with the Gaia GPS app or help get the tracks into your GPS. Sue will really prefer to help folks out prior to getting to the ride, if at all possible, saving time for all!

The provided form will contact Sue. (Thank you Sue!)





The Grizzly Loops are all ridden, miles are verified, we have a ride to put on!

Max and some of our good friends have been getting the “new” loops ridden so we have accurate mileages to offer. Interestingly, the miles being recorded on different devices and applications are all coming up within tenths of a mile of one another. That’s heartening to know! I will be posting the gpx files for folks to upload into their Gaia GPS apps, or their GPS’s or whatever they choose. I’m excited about this!

The area the ride covers will be the same as last year, but I’ve changed up the loops, trying to cover ground, and still keep it interesting. We have to tread lightly when it comes to the governing body where our ride is held. We can only use these trails, so these trails are what we’re using. They make for a terrific first of the season ride. Not too easy, not too hard. Just the way we like ’em!

I’ll also be posting the loop colors and we’ll be getting started organizing our ribbons. Only a few weeks now!

Max reports that the trails, while a little gummy in places, are looking great. He’s going to try to contact the Grasslands office to confirm when they are releasing the area to have cows turned out. Hopefully AFTER the ride, OTHERWISE, we’ll need a herd of volunteers to man gates! Hint hint!

On to tracks and maps! Stay tuned!


Trails are coming along, and we have a new (to us) way to follow them!

By now, most NW riders are aware of the amount of trail sabotage that takes place at some of the rides. There has been much talk about trying to do rides “XP” style where the tracks are loaded into riders’ GPS units and they follow the tracks. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, it does limit how fast a rider can move since they have to keep a close eye on their track to stay on trail. As far as I know there still isn’t a GPS that will go all Tom Tom on us and let us  know verbally that we have a “Right turn in 1/4 mile”!

Enter modern innovation! Last season Sue and Dennis Summers tried out a new system of marking trail and following trail at their Scottsdale 100 ride. They had a considerable amount of trail sabotage, but with this app, they were able to talk some of the riders back on course and secure their completions! What is this amazing app, you ask? I’m going to tell you. Then I’m going to suggest you go to your Google Play Store, or your iTunes and load up this free app prior to coming to the Grizzly Mtn Ride.

On Friday, April 20, Sue Summers will be conducting a clinic where she will help riders load the maps up onto their smart phone or their GPS unit. She did this “class” at the recent EDRA Conference and there were lots of us attendees oooo’ing and ahhhhh’ing over this amazing new “toy”! Even those of us less handy with all things electronic were able to figure out the interface and find their way around the little track that Sue loaded up for everyone. A few of us opted for the $20/year membership to have access to more options on the app.

I have added a tab to the Grizzly Mtn Ride page with instructions on how to load up the GAIA GPS app to your smartphone. I’ll also be creating a link to the Warner Loop, which is a popular Central Oregon trail for trail riders all year long.  Your assignment will be to load the app, download the Warner Loop and see what you see.

Grizzly Mtn – Gaia GPS app info

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SO…on to the trails we’ll be using!

Sat down and gave our loops a hard look online. Kind of liking to switch things up a little bit to keep it interesting!

Max has been out riding our loops to make sure our mileage is correct. I’m still recovering from lower back surgery, which seems to have been successful! I have a hard time “staying down”, but I’m following the rules best I can.

This year we are having a 26 mile ride as our shorter distance. This will be a single loop with an out vet check somewhere around 14 miles. The outcheck will be a 45 minute hold for the short distance riders. You’ll be on what we call the Rimrock Loop.

The 50 milers will be doing the same Rimrock Loop, then the newly named Scales Loop, and finishing off on the Tribby Loop.

We’ve added in the Warner Loop for the 75 milers, and the Test Your Mettle Relay riders will be riding the Warner Loop, then the Scales Loop, and they’ll finish off on the Tribby Loop.

Where are all these loops you ask? No worries there, I will be posting the loops in a format you can download into your new (!) Gaia GPS app!

I’ll be making a separate post with maps, mileages, holds and ribbon colors.

See ya there! As always, if you have questions, get in touch with me. If I don’t answer right away, give me a nudge. I’m not so good at multi tasking!