This is a loop in desert of Central Oregon. Mostly flat in a sagebrush environment and a multi-use trail mainly used by horses, but could be great for mtn biking if more people would ride it. I suggest starting at Scales Corral and riding southwest - there is a trail marker there.
You will go southwest, then turn north and cross Laurel Lane. Continue straight across the road and follow the trail. It will then turn east after a little over 1 mile. When you are about 1 mile west of why 26, you will turn south and then take a right where the trail splits to get back to the starting point.
I got lost and could not find the trail in some places - so route finding is difficult in places where the trail meets and follows dirt roads.
Advice: you really do need a map - and drive the dirt roads around the trail to make sure you know what you are doing the first time you ride it.
This is a GREAT April ride in the desert sagebrush. You all need to ride it to pack it down with bike tread and then it will be a favorite early season ride for Portland, Bend and Hood River mtn bikers.
How to get there:
From Madras, go south on 97 and then go east past Haystack Rock Res. The starting point is at Scales Corral on Laurel Lane, just west of hwy 26. The Warner Loop is about 2 miles north of the Gray Butte trail - which is well known. You will need a map of the area.
There are many trails in the Crooked river national grasslands that are open to mtn bikes. A fun dow