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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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