Redwood Ride: August
make separate checks for each ride.
The Redwood Empire Endurance
Riders invite you to join them at this years Redwood Ride
in Orick, CA, 45 minutes north of Eureka on scenic Highway 101.
RIDER LIMIT: This ride is limited to 70 riders, combined for
all distances. Entry requests will be filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Historically, the ride has filled to its
limit. Please plan accordingly and submit your ride application
TRAIL: There will be both 50-mile and a Limited Distance AERC
ride. We will use the same trail as the well-received 2019 ride
which included never-before used trail and minimal repeat
trail. Redwood Ride is special because it is held in the spectacular
Redwood National Park and its awesome old-growth redwood forest.
You will ride through enormous Redwood stands and peaceful alder
groves. You may even spot a few late-blooming Rhododendrons above
you, or some Tiger Lilies, Violets, or Monkey Flowers on the
floor below. The trail is made up of soft single-track, old logging
roads, and maintained service roads. The weather is usually foggy
and cool in the mornings with sunny afternoons. Conditions within
the forest for the horse and rider teams are not hot; however,
they can be quite humid. This ride is a moderate-to-difficult
rated ride. The technicality of the footing, undulating topography,
and high humidity requires a fit horse and rider team. The trails
are home to an abundance of wildlife. The most frequent sightings
are elk, bears, grouse, bees, banana slugs, frogs, and osprey.
The ride will climb from sea level in camp to around 1,000 feet.
The vet checks will be away from camp. You can find a detailed
map of the trails here and on our Links & Info page.
DIRECTIONS: From either direction, follow Highway 101 through
the center of the town of Orick. Coming from the south, just
before the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn right at the Orick School
and follow the road to the Rodeo Grounds. Coming from the north,
just as you drive over the Redwood Creek Bridge, turn left at
the Orick School and follow the road to the Orick Rodeo Grounds.
RIDE RULES: Redwood Rides comply with all AERC and REER ride
rules. Dogs are allowed in camp if on a leash at all times.
No dogs in the vet in, vet check, or dinner area. Open fires
are not permitted. Those who bring extra horses (horses not participating
in the ride) will be charged a fee of $5 per horse per day. Ride
management is responsible for a per-horse fee paid to Orick Rodeo
Grounds. This is not a good trail to race; please ride carefully
and responsibly in the park. Good sportsmanship, horsemanship,
and respect for volunteers (this includes ride management) is
paramount for REER. The focus is always family, friends, fun,
and fairness to the horse.
RIDE CAMP: Opens at noon on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday
at the Orick Rodeo Grounds. There is typically plenty of room
on flat grass for trailers and corrals. Additional camping days
are usually available; contact Orick Chamber of Commerce at 707-488-2885.
There are a small number of corrals available to rent on a first-come,
first-served basis. If you use a corral, pay at check-in, Friday
and Saturday night, $50. Other groups will use the rodeo grounds
parking area, and part of the area is reserved for veterinary
activities. Just as you come into camp on the left is reserved
for Redwood Trails Horse Rides and the vet check area. Drive
to the far end of the parking area to find a camp site.
FOOD: There will be an optional potluck Friday night before the
ride meeting. Please join and bring a casserole, salad, dessert
plate, or similar addition to share. A Saturday night dinner
is included for each rider. Extra dinner tickets are available
at check-in (note on the entry form). All registered volunteers
Head Vet Dr. Dan Chapman
including no-shows) after the
Tuesday before the ride receive no refund. Full refund less $30
for entrants whose horse did not pass the pre-ride veterinarian
examination by the attending ride veterinarian/s. Cancellation
notice must be received by Ride Secretary Donna Biteman either
in-person, by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone (707-498-3221). This policy is non-negotiable.
CONTACT INFO: Questions/concerns? Would you like to bring a volunteer
or help on ride day? Please contact:
Ride Managers, Jim Biteman: email@example.com
or 707-616-1955 and Donna Biteman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Secretary, Donna Biteman: email@example.com
MAIL SIGNED ENTRY FORMS with FEES TO:
(Make checks payable to: REER/Redwood Ride)
Redwood Empire Endurance Riders
P.O. Box 292
Bayside, CA 95524