Arm warmers are made of lycra for the cool (most people call it "cold") days of fall and spring in Northeast Oregon.
Climb an ATV trail through a burn up most of Sugarloaf Mountain to near the wilderness boundary and then drop back down to the trailhead on some singletrack on the Deadman Trail. This is a fun little loop that puts you within a few hundred feet of the Sugarloaf Mountain summit if you want to drop your bike and hoof it up to the top.
The ATV trail is clearly marked as "no motorized use" but seems to be largely ignored by the ATV users, which makes for a wide open and clear two-track trail. Unfortunately this means some fine silt and dust on the trail. This trail is also clearly a snowmobile trail so all-in-all provides a well-maintained riding path that meanders up the mountain and past the reservoir. It later connects with the Sugarloaf Trail, which soon becomes singletrack for the rest of the loop. The meadow and trail connections between the Sugarloaf Trail and Deadman Trail can be confusing because of low human and high bovine use. The singletrack descent on the Deadman Trail is described and pictured on the Russel Mountain Lookout Loop.
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