Photos displayed here are courtesy of Muuqui Maxwell.
“MY FAVORITE BIKE RIDE EVER !” said a new rider with us this year.
THE 2017 UP & DOWN sent 100 riders up the Greensprings Highway into the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument to a new breakfast rest stop at the iconic Green Springs Inn where they were served eggs, potatoes, bananas and apparently the best ever chocolate chip cookies. A few miles later the routes diverged, the Scenic Bikeway 49-mile route staying on our mountain lakes loop following the shores of both Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes before the heart-stopping Dead Indian Memorial descent back to the finish. The new Burton Flat route (nothing flat about it) took riders out onto BLM and Forest Service roads of narrow lanes, little traffic, old forests and spectacular views. Riders from afar were agog at our quiet roads, big trees and fun riding. Finally these riders too descended on Dead Indian Memorial road to the finish at 80 miles and 6800′ gained.
An awesome bar-b-q lunch, beer, music and friendly volunteers greeted the happy, tired riders, content to sit in the cool pavilion and chat with others from across the region.
“YOU NAILED IT !” was the response from a rider this past Saturday, July 22.
THE BEAR CREEK GREENWAY is the recipient of 2017 Up and Down proceeds. It is a 20-mile, paved, multi-use trail that links the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The Greenway is continuous from the Ashland Dog Park to Central Point and provides a separated route from cars, with only two at-grade road crossings. The trail parallels I-5, Highway 99, and Bear Creek, and provides Rogue Valley residents and visitors to the area a close-in spot for bird watching and wildlife viewing, as well as exercise and general recreation. Parks along the route provide parking, restrooms, and drinking water.
Bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters love this resource, and, while not crowded, the Greenway is used and loved by thousands of Jackson County residents and visitors.
The start and finish is at EMIGRANT LAKE , a rambling, shady park overlooking a large recreational lake, even sporting a water slide for the playful among us. This year we have reserved tent and RV spaces for Up & Down riders. See SPEND THE WEEKEND for details.