DOD Wednesday Night Ride (Lorane; every Wednesday)
March 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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The DOD Wednesday night ride is a long-standing tradition. More organic than organized, the typical ride will be held at Whypass with early riders leaving around 6:00 pm from the Pile. After a brisk-paced hour or more of power, riders return to the Yellow Gate at 7:00 pm (note: this used to be 7:30) to meet up with latecomers for the more socially paced segment of the evening. In the summer, the ride location may change to Goodman Creek, King Castle, or other local trails.
Here are directions to “The Pile,” which is the place people park to ride at 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 milepost 43), you will see a BLM sign proclaiming “Carpenter Bypass Trail System.” Turn left here onto Carpenter Bypass Road. Continue 8/10 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 where people park to start the ride.