Trail Report: Oakridge, Oregon

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

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Though Oakridge provides an amazing backcountry experience, ample signage helps keep you from wandering into a far off drainage.

Though Oakridge provides an amazing backcountry experience, ample signage helps keep you from wandering into a far off drainage (click to enlarge).

Where to stay

Oakridge offers a number of accommodation options. The Oakridge Motel sits right off Highway 58, within walking distance of the grocery store and just a quick ride from downtown. For a reasonable price (usually about $45 per night) you get a small, clean room, microwave, fridge and a communal bike wash.

For a more bed and breakfast experience, the locally owned and operated Oakridge Lodge offers more amenities, with a gourmet breakfast (with smoothies) each morning, the option to dine at the on-site bistro, secure bike storage, tools, and a wash station. The Lodge is conveniently located within walking distance to the popular Brewer’s Union, where you are bound to meet other riders and locals.

While we did not camp out, the availability of Forest Service camping surrounding Oakridge is vast. Oregon Adventures also offers camping to its clients right on the banks of the Middlefork River, providing a scenic, quiet experience just minutes from town.

That's right, Oregon Adventures offers an array of shuttle options. Want the full meal deal? Try the 17k or 25k in a day where you will experience all the Oakridge favorites in one day, but you best bring hardy legs.

That’s right, Oregon Adventures offers an array of shuttle options. Want the full meal deal? Try the 17k or 25k in a day where you will experience all the Oakridge favorites in one day, but you best bring hardy legs (click to enlarge).

Dining

This small town has big flavor, but the choices are limited. The Brewer’s Union Local 180 cannot be missed. While the menu and brews will keep you coming back, this is also the place to connect with locals and visiting riders.

For coffee, checkout Lion Mountain Bakery. Don’t miss their freshly made pastries. This place is located within walking distance from the Oakridge Lodge, near the Brewer’s Union.

Lee’s Gourmet Garden is a hidden secret in Oakridge, offering delicious fresh Chinese food.

Ray’s Grocery store has the basics, but if you are particular about your groceries, best stock up in Eugene or Bend.

Randy at Oregon Adventures has created a whole menu of trail experiences for riders in Oakridge. Look him up for an amazing adventure while you are visiting.

Randy at Oregon Adventures has created a whole menu of trail experiences for riders in Oakridge. Look him up for an amazing adventure while you are visiting (click to enlarge).

Oregon Adventures

Get “Your ticket to singletrack paradise” at Oregon Adventures. Locally owned and operated, Oregon Adventures runs daily shuttles, offering everything from rides to the top of the famous Alpine Trail to scheduled guided tours of the trail of your choice. The guides are fun to ride with and offer stories of the historical trails and the old logging town. This year marks the launch of 25K in a day, a program for hardcore riders eager to shuttle all day long. Browse the options for rides online and schedule your shuttle at least three days in advance. If you are looking to punish yourself, out and backs on these trails are a great outlet, but we highly recommend getting a few shuttles, too.

Events

Oakridge hosts many events that offer the perfect excuse for a visit. Our recommendation is Mountain Bike Oregon. This non-competitive mountain bike festival brings riding back to its roots, by getting people out enjoying the trails with other likeminded people. For $400, MBO provides a full package deal including shuttles, bike demos, meals, camping, and beer. With two date options July 17-19 and August 14-16, MBO is a great way to get the full Oakridge experience in a weekend.

If you've never been to Mountain Bike Oregon, you best add it to your yearly event list.

If you’ve never been to Mountain Bike Oregon, you best add it to your yearly event list (click to enlarge).

If you are more of a masochist and would rather see all the Oakridge trails under your own power, the Cascade Creampuff treats you to 100 miles of riding around Oakridge in a single day. Based in the “Alpine Trail” part of Oakridge, the Creampuff provides a serious blow to your ego with 18,000 feet of climbing, while the amazing trails will keep you grinning from ear to ear.

For a shorter option, the Fat Tire Fifty Five provides a different Oakridge trail experience, traversing a different network of trails than the Creampuff. Fifty-five miles of top-notch Oakridge singletrack provide riders with a full day in the saddle. Bottom line, whether looking to do an event or simply ride a ton of great trails, Oakridge is not to be missed.

Tours

Cog Wild based in Bend, OR is now doing multi-day camping and hotel tours in Oakridge. Lev and Melanie of Cog Wild have the innate ability to plan every trail and meal out but they have flexibility to customize it as they learn more about each group’s needs. Information is available here:
Oakridge Hotel Tour/
Oakridge Camping Package


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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