Guidebook

Ride All 5 of Oregon’s IMBA Epics, Both Past and Present

A sampler of Oregon's top trails.

Description

For years, IMBA’s list of “Epic” rides has inspired mountain bikers from around the world to pack their bags and travel to a far-flung locale to pedal a long, gnarly, challenging backcountry trail that was almost guaranteed to change your life. IMBA describes their epics as "immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration.” These trails are so worthy of celebration that many mountain bikers have set a lifelong goal of completing all of the rides on IMBA’s list of Epics.

That goal could prove challenging, as the list continues to change over time. New trails are added almost every year due to the crowd-sourced nomination process, and occasionally old trails are removed. But the trails that remain are always worthy of exploration!

While many states—or even countries—can only claim to have a single Epic Ride, Oregon is home to an impressive five Epic rides. Technically, this list of five epics includes a trail or two that has been removed from the Epic list… but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still check them out! In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up all five Epics—both past and present—to form the perfect itinerary for your next Oregon getaway!

Source:
IMBA.com

Surveyor's Ridge Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Surveyor's Ridge Loop

37.7 km
1,336 m
1,336 m
A classic Oregon ride that's earned the IMBA Epic designation.
Difficult
Private
O'Leary Mountain Shuttle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

O'Leary Mountain Shuttle

25.6 km
784 m
1,852 m
Shuttle on the little-known but highly-acclaimed O'Leary Mountain.
Difficult
Private
North Umpqua River Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

North Umpqua River Trail

112.0 km
2,510 m
3,660 m
The entire point-to-point North Umpqua River Trail—possibly the most epic trail in Oregon.
Severe
Private
Waldo Lake Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Waldo Lake Loop

Oakridge
31.0 km
544 m
544 m
IMBA Epic backcountry loop around Waldo Lake.
Difficult
Private
Black Rock: Bonzai Downhill
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Black Rock: Bonzai Downhill

8.7 km
439 m
439 m
Bonzai Downhill loop.
Difficult
Private