Trail Report: Oakridge, Oregon

From fast and flowy to techy and tough, Oakridge has it all

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More amazing views from the trails around the Dead Mountain Trail.

More amazing views from the trails around the Dead Mountain Trail (click to enlarge).

A-T-C-A — aka Alpine to Tire Mountain to Cloverpatch to Alpine

Continue adding mileage on the Alpine Trail by adding the A-T-C-A. From the Windy Pass road crossing, continue 1.2 miles on Alpine before coming to a trail junction. You will see Tire Mountain carved into an old log, turn right here for a steep little climb that mellows quickly and continues up before a very fun, winding descent to the junction of Cloverpatch Trail. There are a couple junctions on this trail so be sure you are heading out Cloverpatch and not dropping in on the Eugene to Crest Trail. A bit more climbing of Cloverpatch will reward you with more flowing trail through a lush landscape.

At the end of Cloverpatch you will be on a forest service road. Thanks to local volunteer trail building efforts and the Cascade Cream Puff, a recently built connector trail will bring you back to the Alpine Trail just above Buckhead Shelter. This connector can be found by following the road. Cloverpatch ends at a USFS Road. To get to the connector, follow the road until you come to a green FS gate on your left, ride past the gate and up FS 130 for 1.9 miles until you reach the connector trail. The trail will climb another 1.9 miles until you reach Road 683, turn left and you will be back at the Alpine Trail. Most of this trail is rated intermediate though Cloverpatch is rated as advanced.

Variety in Moon Point
 
Technical rocks complimented by sections of amazing hero dirt helps create a unique experience on the Moon Point Trail (click to enlarge).
Moon Point

Situated just south of town, Moon Point is a must hit for lovers of fast, technical legacy trails. It is also a great option because it can be ridden easily with or without a shuttle. A mellow dirt road climb paired with an amazing fast and technical descent, makes Moon Point a must ride in Oakridge. From town, find FR 21 heading south. Follow the road around the reservoir for approximately 20 miles and turn right at the Secret Campground. Park here. Hop back on FR 21 heading north for .9 miles to FR 2129. Turn right on to the gravel FR 2129 and begin the steady nine-mile climb. FR 2129 is a nice gradual road great for socializing with friends as the miles tick away. You will see Moon Point and Young Rock as you make your way upward.

After about nine miles, you will see FR 439, turn right and continue on the main road. Just past the 10-mile mark, you will see a small pull-off and the entrance to Young’s Rock Trail (3688), aka Moon Point. A mile or so of mellow climbing will bring you to another junction. The right spur will lead to an out and back on Moon Point, which provides expansive views of the surrounding landscape.

Once back on the Young’s Rock Trail, you will be greeted with a ripping descent with tight switchbacks, technical rock sections, and wide-open singletrack. Excellent views of Young’s Rock and the surrounding area abound along the route as you drop from just over 5,100 feet to the road at 1,800 feet. As you descend you will cross a few logging roads so keep your eyes peeled for the singletrack on the opposite side of each crossing. They are easy to find but unmarked. Once back down at FR21 turn right on the paved road and spin back to your car.

Berms on Berms showcase the amazing dirt on this amazing hillside. Though this new section of trail deviates from traditional Oakridge benchcut it helps provide a more diverse trail experience for the area.

Berms on Berms showcase the amazing dirt on this amazing hillside. Though this new section of trail deviates from traditional Oakridge benchcut, it helps provide a more diverse trail experience for the area (click to enlarge).

Dead Mountain Trail

One of the more recent additions to Oakridge’s treasure chest of trails is the uppermost section of the Dead Mountain trail. This bike optimized flow trail adds some diversity to the Oakridge trail experience. The Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards have been hard at work constructing this roller coaster of a trail featuring high speed berms and rollers that traverse a lush hillside just above town. This trail is best shuttled, but can also be ridden from town with a 45-90-minute paved/dirt road climb to the top of Dead Mountain.

The trail begins with a short pedal from the shuttle drop-off. Cruise out the road past the gate until you come to a cell tower on your right. Cruise over and soak up the amazing views of the Oakridge Valley. Continue on the road until it slowly turns to singletrack. The descent begins with some fun berms and rollers before dropping you back at the shuttle drop where you will reconnect with the trail. Next you will be treated to high speed, roller coaster style trail with lots of pumps, berms, and rollers. You will cross the road and the trail will continue to keep you on your toes. Bike optimized features will disappear and legacy trail will allow you open it up while you bob and weave your way through lush forest.

The Moon Point Trail highlights some of the amazing diversity in Oakridge. A mellow road climb help loop the high speed, technical Moon Point that will prove why many riders prefer riding more capable trail bikes around Oakridge.

The Moon Point Trail highlights some of the amazing diversity in Oakridge. A mellow road climb help loop the high speed, technical Moon Point that will prove why many riders prefer riding more capable trail bikes around Oakridge (click to enlarge).

You will once again cross a gravel road and the trail will feature more recent work by the GOATS. A once marshy area now allows riders to continue the ride on a raised camber trail tread above the seasonally wet area. Continue on the trail until it drops you on to Flat Creek Road. Turn right and cruise downhill back into town for a beverage at Brewer’s Union.

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About the author: Jordan Carr

When not spreading his passion for singletrack as one half of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew along with his girlfriend Leilani Bruntz, Jordan Carr can be found pedaling, hiking, skiing, or posted up at a local brew pub enjoying a beverage. Having spent more than half his life riding all types of bikes at almost every type of cycling event, Carr loves the freedom two wheeled travel has brought to his life. Having spent many years behind the stand at a bike shop, he’s tested mountain bike products for a number of publications. Follow Carr and Bruntz's adventures as they travel the country promoting trails and mountain biking on Facebook and Instagram.


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  • Tom says:

    Great article. I’ve ridden the dickens out of that place for over 12 years. About the only thing you missed in terms of riding are two great xc trails: Middle Fork Willamette and North Fork.

    For dining, don’t miss the astounding marinated steak fajitas at the Mexican place behind the Dairy Queen.

  • josh says:

    Oakridge is great. Got to give another recommendation for the Brewer’s Union’s cask brews. Don’t miss em.

  • Trevor says:

    Rode the Cascade Cream Puff a few years back, and it remains one of the best race experiences I’ve had. Great race, great trails. Would love to go back and spend more time in Oakridge.

    Having said that, I don’t think you can give a balanced review to the area w/o a fair warning of the *abundant* poison oak. It was everywhere. Returning home to oozing, itching, scabbing misery for the next two weeks was my least favorite part of Cascade Creampuff, and that’s saying something considering the suffering involved *during* the race.

    By all means, go to Oakridge. Enjoy the ride. But bring your Tecnu!

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