North Fork

Oakridge

Score beautiful views of the North Fork of the Willamette River.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
34 km
Ascent
1.4 km
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
327 m
High Point
497 m
Gradient
North Fork Map

The North Fork Trail runs along the banks of North Fork of the Willamette River through a narrow river valley. You'll enjoy stunning river views along the entire length of this route!

Description

The trail starts off easy and smooth, but after about 3 miles it gets quite a bit rougher, more technical, and more challenge. This more technical portion of the trail continues for an additional 8 miles.

The most challenging portion of the North Fork trail lies beyond Alpine Road. After Alpine Road, not only is the trail continuously rough, but it's much less maintained than the first 5 or so miles. But if you're in for an adventure, continue on!

Since the North Fork trail is at such a low elevation, it stays accessible and snow-free most of the year. While conditions can get wet in the winter, the rocky trail bed drains very well, making it a popular escape for locals even during the depths of winter.

Sources: https://www.outdoorproject.com/articles/mountain-biking-oakridges-north-fork-trail https://ridespots.com/rides/middle-fork-willametter-oakridge-oregon-mountain-bike-ride/ https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/north-fork-middle-fork-willamette-river-trail

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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