Attack of the Single Track
Deschutes National Forest
TERRAIN: Beginning to advanced. Scenic and challenging single-track and double-track roads wind their way through the high Cascade country of central Oregon.
BEST ROUTE: Sparks Lake, Lava Lake, Edison Butte Trail System, Cache Mountain Trail.
GETTING THERE: Many trailheads are located just outside Bend. You'll also find several good trails off the road as you travel south from Bend on Cascade Lake Highway 46.
CONTACT: Supervisor, Deschutes National Forest, 1645 Hwy. 20 E., Bend, OR 97701. 541.288.2715. www.fs.fed.us/r6/deschutes.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
TERRAIN: Gravel and dirt roads; disused horseback-riding trails and steep, rugged trails that drop into side canyons and gorges.
BEST ROUTE: Duncan Hollow Loop.
GETTING THERE: Northwest of Knoxville. Take Tenn. 92 off US 27.
CONTACT: Bandy Creek Visitors Center, 4564 Leatherwood Rd, Oneida, TN 37841. 931.879.3625. Strearns Visitor Center, 606.376.5073.
Sam Houston National Forest
TERRAIN: All ability levels through pine forests.
BEST ROUTE: Double Lake Trail (usage fee required).
GETTING THERE: Head north from Houston to eastern Texas.
CONTACT: Sam Houston National Forest, Raven District, 394 W. FM Road 1375, P.O. Drawer 1000, New Waverly, TX 77358. 409.344.6205.
TERRAIN: Mostly flat, but the uphills are steep; trail surfaces are sand, gravel, and rock. Jeep trails and some single track.
BEST ROUTE: Gemini Bridges Trail, Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back Trail, Arches National Park loop, White Rim Trail, Slickrock Trail. If you head upcountry to the La Sal Mountains, Warner Lake is a good starting point and Bachelor Basin has scenic trails.
CONTACT: Moab/Green River Visitors Information Line, P.O. Box 550, Moab, UT 84532. 800.635.6622. www.canyonlands-utah.com. Rim Tours, 800.626.7335. www.rimtours.com
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication