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By: Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson and wife Cheri enjoy exploring the Western United States in a RV. Their interests include off-roading, hiking, prospecting, ghost town hunting, and exploring other out-of-the-way and forgotten places.

Henderson Flat OHV Trail System

Places to Ride:  Henderson Flat OHV Trail System near Redmond, OR
Great trails, scenery and camping.

Hill climb

Great Camping

Nice play areas

Breath taking scenery

Easy dual track riding

Well signed trails.

Looking for somewhere to take the whole family to ride for a weekend? Henderson Flat has it all. Scenic campsites among the trees, sweet dual track mixed in with a few dirt roads, well signed and maintained trails that offer loops of varying length, mountain views, easy to difficult rated trails, hill climbs, an open play area, beginners loop, light crowds, and more.

Henderson Flat OHV trail system is part of the Crooked River National Grassland and features open stands of junipers spread over rolling hills and interspersed with vividly stunning red rim rock breaks. The trails rise above the Deschutes Basin with great views of the Cascade Range to the west. The area encompasses 1,480 acres and ranges in elevation from 3,000 to 3,400 feet.

The trail system is designed for quads, three-wheelers, or motorcycles less than 50" wide. Off-highway vehicles are allowed on designated routes and areas only. If it is not signed as open, it is closed.  The trails are open to horses, mountain bikes and other recreationists, so please watch out for others and share the trails.

The trail system is open from April 1 through November 30. The best riding is early spring and late fall when it is cooler. Mid-July through September can be hot and dry, making riding uncomfortable. During periods of extreme fire conditions, the trails may be closed to public use.

The trails and facilities were developed and are being maintained for your enjoyment through a cooperative effort by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon ATV Fund, Central Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club, and many other volunteers.

Maps are available online at: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/local-resources/images/recreation/cohvops/hfimage/2001-henderson-flat-map.pdf

Visit the local ATV club’s website at:  www.comacclub.org/

Camping:

Dispersed campsites make up the bulk of the camping opportunities at Henderson Flat. The staging area is limited and will not hold a large number of RVs. The staging area features a vault toilet and loading ramp for your convenience. The dispersed camping areas provide ample room for large groups of off-road vehicles and RVs. The graveled roads leading into the Henderson Flat dispersed camping areas are well maintained and suitable for larger RVs. There is no water available in the riding area. There is no garbage service provided; pack it in, pack it out. Campfires are permitted, but the Forest Service requests that you please keep them small and don't leave them unattended. High winds and dry conditions can fuel a wildfire even at unlikely times of the year.  Please limit your stay to 14 days.

Getting There:

From Madras: Drive South on Highway 97 for 14.9 miles. Turn left on Park Lane and travel east for 2.3 miles.
From Redmond: Drive north on highway 97 for approximately 10 miles. Turn right on Park Lane and travel east for 2.3 miles.
You will find the intersection of Hwy 97 and Park Lane at  N44 25.160   W121 11.932
You will find the staging area at: N44 25.814   W121 08.762

Services:

All major services are available in Redmond or Madras.

Nearest ATV rentals are available in Bend from:

G K Motorsports
63959 Scenic Dr.
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 306-6197
http://www.central-oregon-rentals.com/

Rules and Regulations:

  • Operator requirements:
    • Operators with a suspended or revoked driver’s license may not operate any class ATV
    • All youth under age 16 must hold a valid ATV Safety Education Card
    • All youth under age 16 operating an ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years-old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children
    • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened
    • All youth under age 16 must meet all the minimum physical size requirements as set by the manufacture
  • Vehicle must have:
    • ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
    • USFS approved spark arrestor
    • Muffler under 99db

For Additional Information:

Crooked River National Grassland
813 S.W. Hwy. 97
Madras, OR 97741
(541) 475-9272

For any questions relating to trails, closures, conduct, rules, regulations, and/or concerns please call the OHV Hotline – 24-hour recorded information (541) 383-4010

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.


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