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Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail Guide

Oakridge is one of the epicenters of Oregon mountain biking, with hundreds of miles of amazing singletrack riding through the forests and hills of the Cascade Mountains. The mountain biking near Oakridge is a ton of fun, filled with great flow, shuttle accessed descents, and tons of variety.

Most of the trails are shuttle accessed or reached by climbing up on fire roads, but there is also some great cross country riding in the area. Oregon Adventures and Cogwild offer shuttle services for mountain bikers visiting Oakridge. The town itself is an amazingly mountain bike friendly community, too. Oakridge not only offers great amenities but access to all of these great trails right from downtown. Oakridge is located less than 60 minute from downtown Eugene, and two and a half hours from Portland. The amazing combination of mountain bike trails and town makes Oakridge a bucket list mountain biking destination in Oregon.
   
 Total  Trails 35+  Difficulty  Beginner through Expert
 Total Distance  130+ miles  Style All-Mountain, Enduro, Cross Country, Downhill
Oakridge mountain Bike Trails
   

Trails & Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail Map

 
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Flat Creek AKA Dead Mountain
Intermediate | 5.6 Miles | 1,026' Climb| 3,387 Descent

Flat Creek Trail, AKA Dead Mountain Trail, drops in with some great flow and machine built features, for a ripping fun 3,387’ of descending. The trail is mostly smooth with berms, rollers, and jumps throughout. The jumps are all tabletops or sidejumps, so there is no mandatory airtime on Dead Mountain/Flat Creek. The seemingly endless flow is one of the most fun mountain bike trails in the Oakridge area. This intermediate flow trail can be shuttled, or accessed by riding from the fish hatchery.
 

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Larison Rock
Intermediate | 3.2 Miles | 562' Climb| 2,672' Descent

Larison Rock is another classic Oakridge mountain bike trail with a great descent through the mossy Oregon forest. The trail features natural, but still smooth singletrack that weaves down the hillsides. Larison Rock is fact and fun. Mountain bikers can shuttle Larison Rock, or ride it as a loop, climbing on forest roads.  

Lawler
Intermediate | 4.6 Miles | 517' Climb | 1,926' Descent

Lawler is one of the more technical trails near Oakridge, with fun shale sections and some tight switchbacks.The descent is fun, with some fast sections, and a couple punchy but quick climbs. Lawler Trail can be ridden as a loop, accessed by forest roads, or shuttled.

Moon Point Loop
Intermediate | 6.5 Miles | 885' Climb | 4,000' Descent

Moon Point is yet another awesome singletrack trail near the town of Oakridge. The descent has great variety, from forest singletrack to open meadows. Make sure to check out the awesome views off of Young’s Rock, a quick scramble off of the main trail. Riding Moon Point Trail as a loop takes about two hours up, and 30 minutes down, over 10 miles. The trail can be accessed by shuttling, too.

Alpine
Intermediate | 7.1 Miles | 188' Climb| 1,842' Descent

The Alpine Trail is an Oakridge must-ride trail with its killer views and rolling singletrack. The buff trail snakes through a beautiful forest and out into high alpine meadows. There aren’t huge machine built features, but the Alpine trail is still flowy and fun. There is more climbing on Alpine than some other Oakridge mountain bike trails, but it is well worth the extra effort. The trail is sometimes ridden as part of the 24 mile A-T-C-A Loop, which combine the Upper Alpine, Tire Mountain, Clover Patch and Lower Alpine trails. This loop still requires a shuttle, but combines the trails for more milage with 3,681’ of climbing and 7,000’ of descending. ;
 

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Waldo Lake Loop
Beginner/Intermediate | 21 Miles | 1,300' Climb/Descent

This epic ride loops around the crazy clear Waldo Lake. The trail is mostly smooth and accessible to less skilled riders, however the constant climbing and descending over the 21 mile loop is pretty physically demanding. The snow melts of usually by mid June, but the mosquitoes can be particularly bad here. This makes the Waldo Lake Loop a good ride to save for the fall.  
 
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How to Get to Oakridge: Parking & Directions

Oakridge is located on the Willamette Highway, Highway 58, a 50 minute drive east of Eugene. Portland is a two and a half hour drive, and Bend is two hours to the west. The Larison, Dead Mountain, and Alpine trails all start from town, while other trails are within a 25 minute drive.
 
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Typical Weather & Riding Conditions

The best time to mountain bike near Oakridge is in the spring, May and June, or the fall, from September to November, as it can get pretty hot and dusty. The shoulder seasons offer great grippy dirt and cooler temperatures, making the trails top-notch.
 

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