The Trails


 


 

“That is the magic word: singletrack. We have the narrow trails where you feel like you're way back in the middle of nowhere, where you don't meet another soul for hours on end—if at all. And it's very fast singletrack, smooth, rolling, very speedy and very beautiful

 

—David Chamberlain, Oakridge resident

 


 

 

A TASTE OF THE TRAILS

Trail descriptions with distance, elevation and technical difficulty ratings will be available for you at the event. We also staff the shuttle sign-up station with guides who can help answer your detailed questions. Ask a lot of questions and choose trails that suit your interest and skill level. 


 

ALPINE  (The Crown Jewel)

 

Distance: 14.4 miles.    Steep, Fast, Mild exposure, Sustained climbs/descents.
Technical: 2    (speed, narrow tread)        Grunt: 2 (sustained climbs)
Descending: 5000’                                  Climbing: 1900'
 

Oh glorious Alpine! Known as the Crown Jewel, this is one wicked trail. A combination of every pleasure known to mountain biking, you can’t not love Alpine. Buff and narrow singletrack is the name of the game. Vast views, tight corners between 400 year old trees, high speed railing on steep side slops; Alpine delivers. The trail is not highly technical, however there are many distractions for the eye and mild exposure. Everyone from relative newbies to seasoned pros love to roll tires on Alpine. It’s a ridiculously fast and fun ride.
 

 

 


 

ATCA 

 

Distance: 25 miles
Technical Rating: 3
Technical: 3  (Speed, Narrow, Exposure, tight)                 Grunt: 5
Descending: 6950’                       Climbing: 3600’
 

Alpine Trail is known as the "Crown Jewel" of trails at MBO... but add Tire Mountain and Cloverpatch to the second half of your ride and prepare for epic scenery, long, steep sections of climbing and descending, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the Oakridge valley. This has long been a favorite combo of locals and guests alike, but it just got better! ATC (Alpine, Tire, Cloverpatch) has somehow gotten even better: We added more trail and gave it a new name: ATC-A!

Say "so long" to the gravel and paved buzzkill that this epic ride ended on and say hello to more scenery, trail and excitement as you head back to the red covered bridge.The local MTB community partnered with the USFS and added a new section of trail taking you from Cloverpatch trail to very near Buckhead shelter and ending your ride on the same trail where you started: Alpine.

Yep, ATC-A stands for Alpine, Tire Mt, Cloverpatch, Alpine. Bring your camera, water and thighs…you’re going to want them all. You get a bit of all Oakridge has to offer on ATC-A: Buff, fast, steep, rocky, stunning views and old growth. There are many fast corners, most with good sightlines, but speed can get out of hand very easily.

 


 

LARISON ROCK

 

Distance: 3.4 miles (From camp 9.4 miles)
Technical: 2                       Grunt: 1 (shuttle)/ 3 (ride from camp)
Descending: 2200’                      Climbing: 20’ (RFC 2200’)
 

A classic Oakridge downhill screamer with LOTS of ridgeline exposure that will keep you on your toes. The trail itself isn’t highly technical, but there’s lots of visual distractions and it’s easy to let your speed get out of hand. Expect a few creek crossings, off-camber turns, lots of tight corners, and some loose rocky patches toward the bottom half of the trail. There’s a lot of steep exposure. If you miss the shuttle from camp, you can opt for a straight forward, paved road climb for about 5.5 miles before you reach the trailhead.
 

 


 

 

MIDDLE FORK : FULL MF

Distance: 32 miles
Technical: 5    (steep, rocks, roots, high exposure)       Grunt: 5 (long, a few hike-a-bike sections)
Descending: 4500’, Climbing: 1000’
 

If you decide to ride the entire trail, you'll begin right above Timpanogas Lake. Middle Fork starts off rough, rugged, steep in spots and beautiful all over. It stays beautiful the whole way and rugged for most of it. It’s a classic river trail so climbs are short but steep and require a lot of effort. There’s lots of roots, rocks and technical challenges with some moderate exposure in a few spots. It’s an all day ride and all day fun.
(Add-On Cost $50)

 

 


 

MIDDLE FORK: LOWER MF

 

Distance: 14 miles
Technical: 2    (roots, loose)        Grunt: 2
Descending: 1400’                     Climbing: 500’
 

Lower Middle Fork give you the classic cross country river trail ride you always hear about. It has enough creek crossings, rocks and roots to keep you entertained without wrecking your nerves and won’t crush your soul or spirit with long climbs or all day grinds. You have to pay attention, but it’s just a fun cross country ride.
 

 

MOON PT / LOWER MIDDLE FORK

Distance: 16 miles
Technical: 3  Grunt: 2
Descending:  4016’               Climbing: 540’

 

Moon/Middle is the tale of two trails. Moon Point (technically Young’s Rock) gets you warmed up with a mellow climb through meadows, there’s a five minute detour to Young’s rock overlook which is possibly the best view in the state. The descending begins quickly after you return from Young’s rock and it gets fast…quick! Moon Point is steep and tight in spots and wide open and ripping in others. Your brakes better work. You’ll “cool down” after screaming Moon on the bottom several miles of Middle Fork. You’ll see great views, ride alongside and over the water at several spots enjoy a traditional river trail ending.
 

 

 
LAWLER & HARDESTY, AKA The DOUBLE
 
Distance: 18 miles
Technical: 4    (speed, tight, exposure, loose, switchbacks)    Grunt: 3 (short climbs)
Descending: 6900’             Climbing: 2000’
 

Lawler: Warm up with a gravel and trail combo climb. Enjoy beautiful old growth trees and buff, flowy singletrack before hitting a brief, steep grunt up a few switchbacks, then get into some ridiculously fast, narrow and moderately exposed singletrack. There’s several tight corners and exposure but good sightlines into most. We say buff…but Lawler has enough rocks, twists and dips that you need to have you’re A-game on to shred this one.
 

Hardesty: You get longer to warm up on Hardesty, you’ll climb for a couple miles (mostly gravel, ½ mile trail) before you get to the meadow and it flattens out just before the descent into the trees. This is an especially steep trail, fast and smooth with enough rocky patches and roots to keep you awake. There’s a ton of high speed chicanes, jukes and jives on this…like flying on top of dirt. This trail is relatively easy to ride but takes big nerves and good skills to truly unlock the speed and thrills that lie within. The lower mile sees A LOT of mixed use and we’ll slow folks down at the end…but please keep your eyes wide and alert for other trail users. This ride ends at the Goodman/Hardesty parking area.
 

 


 

LOST CREEK

 

Distance: 16.5 miles
Technical: 3 (roots, tight, loose)        Grunt: 3
Descending: 4750’                  Climbing: 2500’
 

Looking for a true cross-country experience?  Start with a 2 mile climb on old road and singletrack  (Hardesty), then Sawtooth that lives up to its name.  Stiff climbs and descents happen frequently, interspersed with the occasional roots/rocks/shale/gorgeous views/exposure.  Follow that trail up with Lost Creek, super fun downhill, flowy in sections, technical in others.  Many switchbacks.  A road connector takes us to Eagles Rest/Goodman. Predominately downhill in the beginning and finishing with an up/down shady trail along Goodman Creek.
 

 
 

 

HECKLETOOTH

 
Distance: 15 miles
Technical: 5 (Extreme exposure, loose, steep, speed, rocks)    Grunt: 3 (steep)
Descending: 3800’ Climbing: 1500’
 

Bunchgrass’ little brother. It’s not less primitive or rugged…or less steep…it’s just shorter. Bring your bike handling skills and nerves as Heckletooth will challenge even the best. Very few clean the whole trail, but go ahead and try, just be aware of the extreme exposure and very steep grades and sidehill action at times. There’s some of the best views in the area off of this one.
 

 

 

SALMON CREEK

Distance: Various loops (8 – 12 miles)   /     FLAT TO TECHNICAL - PICK YOUR POISON
Technical: 1 (north);  4 (south: steep, roots, rocks)            Grunt: 1 (north); 3 (south)
Descending: 100’ (north); 900’ (south)        Climbing: 100’ (N); 900’ (S)
 
 

There are TWO DISTINCT and DIFFERENT trails here:
The North Side of Salmon Creek has no steep ups/downs or super-technical challenges, it is a great beginner or family ride.

The South Side of Salmon Creek will test your legs and bike handling. It is a classic technical river-style trail with a couple rough and tumble climbs and moderate exposure. Easily ridden from camp and looped into each side or added with Flat creek.
 

 

 


 

DEAD MT.

 

Distance: 5+ miles  / FAST, BUFF DOWNHILL
Technical: 2 (speed)             Grunt: 1
Descending: 3000’ +            Climbing: 250’ +

This trail is FAST and fun... plan to keep at least one finger on the brake! This is an easy flowing, smooth trail surface with a couple of tight corners. It’s as fast as you want it, but keep your eyes peeled. Caution on the exit... you'll hit a gravel road for about a half mile before entering the paved surface. Fast, flow and fun!
 

 

 
THE TRIPLE 
 
Distance: 9
Technical Rating: 3 (SPEED, roots, rocks, exposure)                Grunt: 1 
Descending: 5000             Climbing: 350

The Triple combines three FAST, short and FUN shuttles: Dead Mt, Aubrey Mt and Larison Rock. If fast, rowdy and dropper posts are your thing you will love The Triple.

2017 Dates

Only ONE session for 2017!

July 14-16

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Location

Red Covered Bridge, aka "The Portal"
Address for Google Maps: North Fork Road and Westoak Rd, Westfir Oregon

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This location is just west of Oakridge off of Highway 58.

 

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