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    Oakridge, OR - trail conditions and suggestions

    Hey all! Spring finally sprung here in Seattle this weekend, well, sorta, in a Seattle sort of way, ha! With the beginning of the change of seasons, I am hoping trail availability will also be on the rise. I'm headed out on a work road trip to LA starting the weekend of April 5th and am planning on stopping in Oakridge, OR Saturday night so I can ride all day Sunday, then continue south again on Monday.

    I have two questions ..... 1. What are the must ride trails?, and 2. What are the current conditions, expected conditions two weeks from now? I haven't been out almost at all this winter, so I am looking for a nice long, but probably lightly technical ride and it would be great to have some nice climbs and views as well. I do plan on calling The Mountain Mercantile in town, which appears to be the local shop to ask for suggestions and conditions, but was looking for some additional input from the group here, so chime in!

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Get a shuttle from Oregon Adventures. Their site also has trail descriptions.
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    Alpine alone is pretty amazing if you've never ridden it before. Pulling in the Tire and Cloverpatch trails with a connector back up to Alpine is even better and will get you some more technical turns, but it'd be best to have someone along who knows the way.

    If you can get ahold of one of the Adventure Maps it'd help you a lot to get a feel for the area.

    I don't know the conditions. I'd imagine it's pretty wet up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Get a shuttle from Oregon Adventures. Their site also has trail descriptions.
    Welcome to Single Track Paradise! | Oregon Adventures

    Alpine alone is pretty amazing if you've never ridden it before. Pulling in the Tire and Cloverpatch trails with a connector back up to Alpine is even better and will get you some more technical turns, but it'd be best to have someone along who knows the way.

    If you can get ahold of one of the Adventure Maps it'd help you a lot to get a feel for the area.

    I don't know the conditions. I'd imagine it's pretty wet up there.
    Thanks, I had not heard about Oregon Adventures, looks like a wealth of information on that site alone. Alpine trail sounds like a really fun ride, fingers crossed it's rideable by next week!

    Looks like you can now order Adventure Maps online, so I'll be pulling the trigger on one today!

    Thanks for the input!

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    Warning!! if you are heading to Oakridge to ride trails. I was just recently traveling through Oakridge to check out the trails and I got a ticket for $300 for accidentally driving through town with my high beams on at 10:00 at night. Maybe that why this town never took off as the "Mountain Bike Mecca"

    Any one else have story like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roland123 View Post
    Warning!! if you are heading to Oakridge to ride trails. I was just recently traveling through Oakridge to check out the trails and I got a ticket for $300 for accidentally driving through town with my high beams on at 10:00 at night. Maybe that why this town never took off as the "Mountain Bike Mecca"

    Any one else have story like this?
    $300 for brights? That seems excessive!

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    that's exactly what I said!
    This town views mountain bikers as a meal ticket.

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    Wow, that just blows... I know the poor town can't even keep one restaurant in business, but this type of revenue collection is "not sustainable", or very classy. BTW, do you have out of state plates? It should not matter, but I am curious. Three bills and I could get a dropper post... ouch.
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    As a matter of fact! I live in Coos Bay and was traveling to Klamath falls and decided to rent a car. Sure enough it had Texas plates on it. So I didn't give it a second thought, surely these small town cops don't do this type of thing anymore. But here we are! These small towns must think out-of-towners will just pay the fine rather than come back to court and argue the point. And that's what I had to do, I couldn't take off work for a whole day.

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    The times I've been to Oakridge I've had more problems with the local meth heads than the authorities. In fact, I've never seen a cop in Oakridge.
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    All I can say is... if you have to go through that town, sit up straight, keep both hands on the wheel, and drive like my grandma.

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    I talked to the local bike shop yesterday, sounds like before the last few days of rain, the trails were in good shape. I'm really looking forward to a day or two of riding!

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    Oakridge Is Receptive

    Oakridge is receptive to mountain biking. Do you guys think that no one has ever been pulled over and ticketed in Bend, or Moab for or some other destination for a less than awesome reason.

    This is a town of 3,000 with very few jobs. The businesses that are there appreciate and want business from bikers. The other locals are likely ambivalent. I've been pulled over in Coos Bay on the way home from kayaking trip, but I certainly don't think that the town is against boaters because one cop gave me a ticket for going 4 miles an hour over the speed limit. I didn't expect to be let off because I was buying a pizza down the road.

    Most people that I talk to that visit Oakridge and ride and interact with the community have a great experience.

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    Well good luck with that, you can cover the towns - "petty crime fee recovery program"

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    You probably shouldn't ever drive to Sandy Ridge either, since you obviously belong to a historically abused minority group, and have a hard time driving unfamiliar vehicles to boot.

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    Regarding the trails....Tire Mountain (off of Alpine) just may be the best single trail I've ever ridden. My friend and I literally pulled over once just to ask ourselves if the trail was for real because it was so damn fun. Ripping thru the forest with awesome flow and stellar dirt. We then hooked up to Cloverpatch and did the connector back to Alpine but had tails handed to us on that one. Just like tbmaddux suggested, we never did find our way back to Alpine and ended up having to back-track and take a fire road back to town. That being said, I loved every one of those trails and can't wait to go back.

    Other must do trails there are Larison rock, Hardesty and Moon point.

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    I support the town and have no intention of slamming it, but I certainly "guessed" correctly about the plate's origin. Think about the last turn heading into town. My brights are on unless there is an oncoming car. The local law enforcement should exercise some common sense with this type of "offense". Do any of you have $300 to through away? Ridiculous... and hell yes, I would like a cafe in town instead of McDonalds. Does anyone remember the great Mexican place that used to be there... Rosalinas, I believe. Tasty enough to eat lunch after a morning ride, then hit another few trails in the afternoon. Excuse my nostalgic ramble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    we never did find our way back to Alpine and ended up having to back-track and take a fire road back to town. That being said, I loved every one of those trails and can't wait to go back.
    The trick was turning right at the Cloverpatch exit, then descend until the green forest gate on the left (NF-130), then climb and don't turn off the main gravel road. The climb back up to Alpine is on the left after a few miles. This map gives a feel for it but it doesn't show the various spurs that could lead you astray. We made the mistake of going left out of Cloverpatch and doing a long long steep climb to nowhere before we turned around and found our way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    The trick was turning right at the Cloverpatch exit, then descend until the green forest gate on the left (NF-130), then climb and don't turn off the main gravel road. The climb back up to Alpine is on the left after a few miles. This map gives a feel for it but it doesn't show the various spurs that could lead you astray. We made the mistake of going left out of Cloverpatch and doing a long long steep climb to nowhere before we turned around and found our way.

    Cloverpatch Tie-In Mountain Bike Trail, Westfir, OR

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    I think Moon Point was my favorite last year. Looking forward to MBO this year.
    Great info here, I really appreciate your input. I am definitely planning on Alpine. I ordered a Adventure Map for the area, it hasn't arrived yet (fingers crossed it gets here today or tomorrow), I'm hoping it's detailed enough to identify this Cloverpatch Connector trail.

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    tbmaddux....we made that same left and long climb to nowhere before we found the correct route. Our bigger issue was even when we got to the top of the connector trail of 21? switchbacks, we couldn't find our way back to Alpine. We even called the shop and they were no help because they hadn't ridden it yet. They told us it was only 1/4 mile up the road but we went 3/4 mile and never found it. Now I see you're saying it's MILES!! Oh well, maybe next time. Those switchbacks did me in anyway.

    By having to backtrack, our 21 mile ride turned into 36....one of my friends commented "my best ride ever turned into the biggest nightmare ever". He had ran out of water and then slipped and broke his finger trying to filter water in a creek.

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    As far as restaurants go, every time I go to MBO I hit Mazatlan for Thursday night dinner & have never had a bad experience there. Big Mountain Pizza is good too & the Brewers Union is a must stop for good food & beer after a long ride or drive. I haven't eaten at the Chinese place but have heard it's good too.

    If you need another option you can also eat at one of the few remaining A&Ws where you park & order via an intercom & car hops bring your food out to your car. Kind of cool especially if you're feeling nostalgic or wondering how things were back in them thar old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorgedon View Post
    As far as restaurants go, every time I go to MBO I hit Mazatlan for Thursday night dinner & have never had a bad experience there. Big Mountain Pizza is good too & the Brewers Union is a must stop for good food & beer after a long ride or drive. I haven't eaten at the Chinese place but have heard it's good too.

    If you need another option you can also eat at one of the few remaining A&Ws where you park & order via an intercom & car hops bring your food out to your car. Kind of cool especially if you're feeling nostalgic or wondering how things were back in them thar old days.
    Good mexican food, this is music to my ears! And of course the beer too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by montananate View Post
    Good mexican food, this is music to my ears! And of course the beer too!
    Oh, the trails are pretty good too. : )

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    I will totally back you up in regards to the Brewers Union. That's it though... still no breakfast. Love the trails too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by k2rider1964 View Post
    Our bigger issue was even when we got to the top of the connector trail of 21? switchbacks, we couldn't find our way back to Alpine.
    Oh yeah, that part. There's a few roads at the top you have to climb to get to the Buckhead Shelter. You can see the transition on the DoD page from the end of the switchback single track (red arrow). There's some roads marked in white you need to continue on to pick up the rest of Alpine to the east (red and white hatched line on the right hand side of that graphic).

    It looks like they've also done some work below Jedi to eliminate that gravel road transition on Alpine.

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    My only experience for good breakfast is the bakery just down the road from the Brewerys Union. She makes amazing breads, too. Can't wait to hit the trails in a month.
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    What's the weather usually like in Oakridge in late May? Thinking of heading out there for memorial day. Out here in MT our up high trails won't be dry till late July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooR View Post
    What's the weather usually like in Oakridge in late May? Thinking of heading out there for memorial day. Out here in MT our up high trails won't be dry till late July.
    Where in MT are you? I'm from (and spend a lot of time) in Missoula, awesome place for riding.

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    I'm in Missoula. Super fun riding. Blue mountain is starting to dry out, but even the low stuff in the Snake looks to be a month away.

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    is alpine free of snow at the top?

    next weeks weather is looking really good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by etacata View Post
    is alpine free of snow at the top?

    next weeks weather is looking really good!

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    I rode it today, and it's free of snow from the first drop in section, I rode up from Westfir, but I did not go all the way to the very top if thats what you are asking? I did see snow, just not on the trail, I suspect there would be at least a bit up higher.

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    Thanks for all the input on this thread, great day today, woke up to fog and light rain, but the day cleared up and it was an awesome ride. That said, for my first ride out, after a few months off the bike, I got my ass handed to me, totally lost steam toward the top and paid for it on the single track, downhill sections. I'll be back, and soon ..... and hopefully in better shape!

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    How wet and snowy are the trails in Oakridge? Is Alpine trail rideable all the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottg View Post
    How wet and snowy are the trails in Oakridge? Is Alpine trail rideable all the way?
    I rode Alpine on April 6th, and with the exception of a few tiny spots of snow in the shade, the trail was clear and not too muddy at all considering the time of year. I rode the fire road to Windy Pass and caught the trail there. A local biker passed me near the top and indicated the trail above Windy Pass definitely had snow on it. Previous to the trip down, I called the local bike shop (Oakridge Bike Shop-Willamette Mountain Mercantile llc) and then stopped in that morning for current conditions.

    It was my first trip to Oakridge and I'll definitely be back soon!

    Hope that helps!

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    In general, Oakridge is in great shape for this early in the season. I was there on April 11/12 and rode the following:

    ATCA - Rode up 1910 to Windy Pass, then 1912 to Kate's Cut-in. Getting to Kate's Cut-in required shouldering our bikes and postholing to mid-shin through snow on the road for 100's of meters at a time. This wasn't pleasant, and I wouldn't recommend it. Once at the cut-in, the trail was mostly rideable. The meadow itself was oddly clear of snow on most the grass, but the trail itself was holding 8-12 inches of snow that required walking. Shortly below the meadow, the trail stayed clear. Tire Mountain, Cloverpatch and lower Alpine were all in good shape. The Cloverpatch tie-in (where you climb back over to Alpine) was a bit soft/moist but rideable. Still lots of trail debris on all these trails, nothing you can't ride over, but I stopped several times to clear branches from my spokes.

    Larimer Rock - good to go, top to bottom.

    Dead Mountain/Flat Creek trail - good to go, top to bottom

    Bunchgrass - the 7 miles west of road 5871 were all in great shape

    King Castle -- good to go, top to bottom

    The following trails I didn't ride, so don't have first-person info, but I'll repeat what I was hearing locally:
    Hardesty - muddy, stay off
    Moon Point - some folks were heading out to test it, but presumed snow would prevent a shuttle to the top.
    Middle Fork - presumably rideable below 4000-4500, but could be muddy in some of the river bottom sections.

    I have no clue how much these conditions have changed due to precipitation over the past 2 weeks, but we've got a dry/warm week in the forecast, so I'd bet that conditions next weekend (May 3/4) will be great on most Oakridge trails below 4500 or so.

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    This thread is getting me really stoked for an Oakridge trip! Being a low snow year, I bet that the riding in June will be perfect.

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    Oakridge is The Bomb eh?

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    Good job!

    Heading through on our way to Washington on June 1st.
    Thanks for the info on this thread.
    I'm guessing things will be snow free in another two weeks?
    Any good camping spots close to the trails?
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    Rode ATCA yesterday. Near perfect conditions. A couple of trees after the meadow, a few muddy spots and trees on tire mountain and cloverpatch. The cloverpatch connector to alpine had a few soft spots. I guess Oregon Adventures has a new private campground, I haven't seen it so know nothing about it. Here is their link:
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by jaewannabe View Post
    Rode ATCA yesterday. Near perfect conditions. A couple of trees after the meadow, a few muddy spots and trees on tire mountain and cloverpatch. The cloverpatch connector to alpine had a few soft spots. I guess Oregon Adventures has a new private campground, I haven't seen it so know nothing about it. Here is their link:
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    Cool, thanks jaewannabe!
    We are definitly heading that way. We'll stop in, or call OA when we get there for info and maps.
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    Headed back to Oakridge for a day this weekend en route to NV, thinking about hitting Lawler Trail. I was thinking about just climbing it and not shuttling, my map says its a 8 mile climb, anyone done it? Is it as steep as the dirt road climb to Alpine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by montananate View Post
    Headed back to Oakridge for a day this weekend en route to NV, thinking about hitting Lawler Trail. I was thinking about just climbing it and not shuttling, my map says its a 8 mile climb, anyone done it? Is it as steep as the dirt road climb to Alpine?
    I have ridden the loop many times (about 25 miles). Similar to the 1910 climb. Some sections are steeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    I have ridden the loop many times (about 25 miles). Similar to the 1910 climb. Some sections are steeper.
    Dang, 8 miles of that would be a long slog for me .... may have to consider shuttle for this trip. How do you like the trail itself as compared to Alpine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by montananate View Post
    Dang, 8 miles of that would be a long slog for me .... may have to consider shuttle for this trip. How do you like the trail itself as compared to Alpine?
    The top few miles is rolling along the ridge, up and down.

    Lawler is one of my favorite trails, varied surfaces and terrain. Very different from Alpine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montananate View Post
    Headed back to Oakridge for a day this weekend en route to NV, thinking about hitting Lawler Trail. I was thinking about just climbing it and not shuttling, my map says its a 8 mile climb, anyone done it? Is it as steep as the dirt road climb to Alpine?
    Very similar climb in grade and length. There are some steeper pitches, but overall its pretty much the same level of grind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    Very similar climb in grade and length. There are some steeper pitches, but overall its pretty much the same level of grind.
    I did Alpine, only stopping once, but it was indeed a grind for me, I was a little more tired for the actual trail than I would have prefered. Thank you for the input, definitely got me thinking about just going for it ...... well, I might NOT thank you for it afterward if I do

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