DOD Party @ The Pass (Whypass)
August 14, 2016 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Getting to Whypass
Go to the town of Lorane, which is about 15 miles west of Cottage Grove and about 20 miles SW of Eugene.
From Eugene. Most folks prefer to take Territorial Road to Lorane. Head south on Bailey Hill Road to Lorane Highway to Territorial Road to Lorane.
From I-5 North. Drive past Eugene and take the Creswell exit (about 10 miles south of Eugene). At the freeway exit traffic light, turn right (west) onto Oregon Ave. Continue west through downtown Creswell on Oregon Ave., the road name changes to Camas Swale Rd. as you leave Creswell city limits. Later the road name changes again to Hamm Rd. After 10 or 12 miles, Hamm Road T-bones into Territorial Road just a few miles north of Lorane. Turn left (south) onto Territorial Road and proceed to Lorane. (That’s only two turns once you exit I-5: right onto Oregon Ave. and left onto Territorial Road.)
From I-5 South. Either drive north up Territorial Road from Curtin or exit I-5 at Cottage Grove and take the Cottage Grove Lorane Road.
Once in Lorane: bear west on Siuslaw River Road.
Approximately 1.4 miles west of Lorane on Siuslaw River Road (just after mile post 43), you will see a BLM sign proclaiming “Carpenter Bypass Trail System”. Turn left here onto Carpenter Bypass Road.
After turning on Carpenter Bypass, continue 8/10ths of a mile to … the infamous Gravel Pile. This is a large gravel parking lot on the left side of the road that is sometimes partially covered by a pile of gravel used for road building. This is the bottom of the network and where some people park to start their ride.
The New Parking Lot
To start at the center of the network, head up the road another mile or so, past the Yellow Gate. The new parking lot will be on your left.Party at the Pass used to be called Party at the Pile … then we got our new parking lot further south. P@P is a fun event where we all get together and ride our bikes at Whypass in beautiful summer conditions. It’s a lot like DOD’s All Comer’s Meet … but without the mud!
Just like at ACM we will split into different ride groups according to skill or pace levels. And when everyone has spun around the network until they are tired, we meet back at the parking area to eat, drink, socialize and raffle off some fabulous prizes.
Everyone is welcome. So come on out and celebrate summer, dry trails, and good friends to ride with!
(Remember to keep on driving up the road past the yellow gate until you see the parking lot and festivities on your left)