Historic Santiam Cascade Endurance Ride

AUGUST 14, 2021

We have limited space for trailers and we will be doing pre-registration AND pre-payment (this is NOT negotiable – no payment, no space saved). Please read all of the information listed below about rules and restrictions BEFORE you register. No refunds after July 15, 2021. If you decide to cancel, it will be up to you to fill your spot if there are no more people on the waitlist. If a waitlist person takes your cancelled spot, we will issue a refund after the ride is completed.

We have several options for online payment (payment MUST be received at the time of registration or you will lose your spot). We will NOT be taking any checks or payment at the ride.
PayPal:                  santiamcascade@gmail.com (use FRIENDS & FAMILY option)
Venmo:                 @Sharalyn-Hay
CashApp:             $SharalynHay
Zelle:                     sharalyn.hay14@gmail.com

15 – 30 – 50 – 75 – 100

* There will be a 30, 50, 75 & 100 mile distances
(plus a 15 mile Trail Ride).
* 75 riders ONLY – first come, first served.
* Juniors ride for free.
* We must have at least 10 signed up for the 75/100 by
July 15, 2021 for that distance to be offered.
* All volunteers must be approved by ride management –
if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us.

This ride may be cancelled at any time due to COVID-19 restrictions. If that happens, we will issue refunds. If, for any reason you can’t make the ride, there will be no refunds given unless you find a rider to take your spot, or someone on the waitlist wants your spot.

This is a no-frills ride – no meals, limited ride meeting and limited awards meeting – all info will be emailed to you, including GPS tracks and maps. There are no open fires allowed – including wood stoves and charcoal briquette fires – propane sources are OK.


Details about Ride Camp

Parking spots are limited, and you will be assigned a parking spot based on how long you are staying and the size of your rig. THERE WILL BE NO SAVING SPOTS. Corral space is limited – no electric containment allowed. NO SMOKING (except within an enclosed vehicle). Certified weed-free hay is required. Ride camp is “Leave No Trace” – you are responsible for your own poop cleanup. The Santiam Cascade Endurance Ride operates under a Special Use Permit with the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/deschutes/learning/nature-science/?cid=stelprdb5297953.


COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  1. Riders will get an email packet with all info needed.
  2. Riders will be asked to keep 6′ distance from anyone they did not come to the ride with.
  3. Riders will be required to wear a mask at check-in, vet checks, pulsing box, and when near others if they are not FULLY vaccinated. Proof of vax will be required.
  4. Riders will stay on opposite side of horse from pulser/vet.

LOOP DESCRIPTIONS

30 MILE LIMITED DISTANCE RIDE:
The ride will start at 7:00 am from the north side of ride camp. The trail will be marked with pink and white ribbon on the right with the addition of “caution” ribbon, sometimes also with arrow signs, to indicate an upcoming turn. The first 4 miles is on the Metolius-Windago trail. In addition to our ribbons, this trail is marked with yellow diamonds on trees. Watch for a crossing of highway 242 at 3.3 miles and at about 4 miles there will be a water trough and a wooden trail sign. The route turns left and leaves the Met-win and goes onto the 4-Mile Butte trail. This route is marked with silver diamonds on trees in addition to our ribbons. The route will take you to the top (the only steep section of trail on the ride) and around the rim of 4-Mile Butte where you will get a panoramic view of the Cascades and the surrounding area as well as your photograph taken. If you start to go downhill before you have gone around the rim you missed the turn that takes you to the top and back down. You will continue on the 4- Mile Butte trail for about 2 miles before you veer off to the left onto road 398. Don’t miss this turn, if you get to Graham Corral without coming to a second water trough you missed the turn and 5 miles of trail. In less than a mile you will end up on a red cinder road (Suicide Gulch Road). You will be on this road for about a mile. When you come to a water trough you will turn right off the cinder road. Follow the ribbons on some dirt roads with views of Black Butte through the trees. You come back to the 4- Mile Butte trail (silver diamonds) again for about a mile and then look for a single track trail on the left. If you miss this turn you will end up back on the Met-win headed back to ride camp (this happened last year)! The single track will take you into Graham Corral Horse Camp for a 45 minute vet check. There will be water, hay, an outhouse, and transportation back to ride camp if you get pulled. The trail continues north from Graham Corral on the Met-win (yellow diamonds). After crossing Indian Ford Creek (there is a bridge) you will turn right and follow a single track along the creek and then cross back over (no bridge). You will be on nice dirt roads for about 2 miles and then you will hate the next half mile on a gravel road before turning right onto dirt roads again for another mile. Look for a single track on the right which will take you down a steep incline (might want to get off) and soon after you will be back on the Met-win headed south. After about 2.5 miles you come to the first water trough again and then 4 miles of repeat trail back to ride camp.

50 MILE RIDE:
The ride will start at 6:00 am from the north side of ride camp with a pink and white 30 mile loop (see the 30 mile LD description above).

There will be an hour hold in Ride Camp.

The green and white 20 mile loop has more elevation with more technical trail, and will be during the heat of the afternoon. To make sure you have time to complete the loop we are imposing a cut off time of 3:00pm for leaving ride camp. The trail leaves from the southeast end of camp. The single track trail goes up a short hill into the open with great views of the mountains and connects in about a mile to the Met-win (yellow diamonds). Continue on the Met-win for 2.5 miles to Pole Creek. Take advantage of the natural water here. Cross the creek (bridge or ford) and continue on the Met-win for about a mile then turn left onto a cinder road, turn right in about a mile and sharp right in about another half mile. You will now be riding through a burn that has been replanted and along the edge of Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River Canyon. There will be a cluster of fallen logs across the trail you will have to step over. After 2.4 miles turn left onto another cinder road. Follow the road for 1.8 miles to cross over Pole Creek again, via a culvert. You will now turn left and ride beside Pole Creek for 1.7 miles with spots to allow your horse to get a drink (we will try to have signs indicating good places to access the water). At 11.4 miles (last chance for a drink from natural water), turn right onto a wide gravel road (1513) for 0.6 miles, then look for a single track on the left. Turn right onto a dirt road for about a mile then look for a single track on the right going up an incline that will soon take you back down an incline to a water trough. Continue downhill on dirt roads and single track for 2.5 miles until you meet up with the Met-win again. At 17.4 miles you are almost back to camp but you will veer off to the left and go across the gravel road you drove in on to Ride Camp (FS 15) and follow dirt roads to come back into ride camp from the north (same spot you left camp on for the first loop). You’re done!

75 MILE RIDE:
The ride will start at 5:30 am from the north side of ride camp with a pink and white 30 mile loop (see the 30 mile LD description above).

There will be a 45 minute hold in Ride Camp.

You will then do the green and white 20 mile loop (see the 50 mile description above).

There will be another 45 minute hold in Ride Camp.

You will then do the orange and white 25 mile loop. This loop will go steadily uphill for more than 5 miles, so be warned. The trail leaves ride camp at the southwest end. It will be following the green and white route backward until the first water trough at 3.3 miles. Continue past the trough to get onto a wide gravel road (15), in less than a tenth of mile turn left onto another gravel road (1514) and then almost immediately go right onto a lovely dirt road that gradually goes uphill for about 2 miles before it crosses North Pole Creek and goes through a dispersed campsite. Continue on dirt roads until eventually turning right onto a wide gravel road (15 again). Continue to an intersection, turn left onto road 1018 and shortly turn right to really start going up Trout Creek Butte (2 miles of uphill). At the next fork keep left, then at a T go right. In a half mile keep an eye out for a dirt road on the left that will take you to your highest point (5,445 feet). Wind your way through some fallen trees and start to descend. In one mile keep an eye out for a SHARP right turn onto a red cinder road (600). Enjoy the views and gradual downhill for about 2 miles then turn right onto road 300. After 2 miles you will come to a T, turn left and shortly turn left again onto road 240. This road takes you back up for 2 miles to a T, turn right and then shortly after turn right again onto 220 and go back down about 2 miles. Eventually you will get to a wide gravel road (1520), turn right and shortly turn left onto a lovely dirt road (100) that takes you gradually downhill for about 2 miles miles to road 15. Turn left and shortly turn left again to get off of 15 for a bit but you will return to 15 again until taking a left to follow the last couple miles back to camp the same as on the last (green) loop. We are not planning on putting out glow sticks on this loop since we are hoping all 75 riders will get back before dark.

100 MILE RIDE:
The ride will start at 5:30 am from the north side of ride camp with a pink and white 30 mile loop (see the 30 mile LD description above).

There will be a 45 minute hold in Ride Camp.

You will then do the green and white 20 mile loop (see the 50 mile description above).

There will be another 45 minute hold in Ride Camp.

You will then do the orange and white 25 mile loop (see the 75 mile description above).

There will be another hour hold in Ride Camp.

You will then do the metallic silver/pink stripe and white final 25 mile loop – also marked with glow sticks (green with red for turns). This loop is a subset of the first loop of the day without the climb to 4-mile Butte and the creek crossings. Watch for a crossing of highway 242 at 3.3 miles and at about 4 miles there will be a water trough and a wooden trail sign. The route turns left and leaves the Met-win and goes onto the 4-Mile Butte trail. After about .7 miles look for a right onto a dirt road, this turn will cut off the climb up and down 4-mile Butte. About 1.5 miles later you will connect back up with the pink loop. After 7.4 miles you will be back at Graham Corral Horse Camp, please be considerate of other users while in the campground. Continue out of the campground on the Met-Win. To cut off the creek crossing, 1.6 miles after leaving the campground turn right and go for less than a half mile before rejoining the pink loop headed back to ride camp. You will be on nice dirt roads for about 2 miles and then you will hate the next half mile on a gravel road before turning right onto dirt roads again for another mile. Look for a single track on the right which will take you down a steep incline (might want to get off) and soon after you will be back on the Met-win headed south. After about 2.5 miles you come to the first water trough again and then 4 miles of repeat trail back to ride camp.



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Santiam Cascade Endurance Ride
santiamcascade@gmail.com


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