Guidebook

Explore Southern Oregon's Diverse Mountain Bike Scene

Discover the best mountain bike rides scattered all across Southern Oregon, using this guidebook.

Greg Heil

Description

Few people will have "Southern Oregon" written on their bucket list of must-visit mountain destinations, but if you've ever driven through the Rogue Valley while heading up or down Interstate 5, you might wonder why you've never heard of it before. Rolling mountain ridges surround the valley, with the tallest mountains soaring over a vertical mile above the valley floor. In the distance, snowcapped volcanic peaks tower over the landscape, visible for hundreds of miles around. This mountainous landscape is home to hundreds of miles of trails and a lifetime of adventure, if you're willing to dig a little.

While Southern Oregon wasn't originally high on my hit list, I had been vaguely familiar with the town of Ashland. Mt. Ashland has long been a paradise for enduro riders looking to rip endless shuttle runs. In fact, mountain bikers have been skidding down the flanks of Mt. Ashland since before the word "enduro" was associated with the sport. These days, Ashland is a popular stop for the California Enduro Series, as it sits just across the California border.

Ashland is arguably the fourth-best mountain bike town in Oregon, after Oakridge, Hood River, and Bend. While being fourth-best doesn't sound like an accolade to be proud of, any destination should be pleased to keep the company of places like Bend, Hood River, and Oakridge. But the riding in Southern Oregon is so great not just because of Ashland, but because of the immense spread of singletrack across the entire region.

Head further afield from Ashland, and you'll find Mount McLoughlin. In the shadow of this volcano hide stunning backcountry wides that are wild and immersive. Continue on to Klamath Falls, and you'll find the gem of Spence Mountain just off the highway.

In the opposite direction, backcountry rides near Applegate Lake and short but steep pedals in Jacksonville's Forest Park add great diversity to the local riding scene. And then, on the far western edge of this guidebook, you'll find the Mountain of the Rogue. The purpose-built trails in this dense but highly-entertaining trail system are the stuff that mountain bike dreams are made of!

Taken collectively, the region of Southern Oregon is an incredibly diverse place to mountain bike. From in-town singletrack to backcountry epics, and from old school forest service trails to purpose-built flow trails, you can find a bit of everything here in Southern Oregon.

Classic Mt. Ashland Jabberwocky Shuttle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Classic Mt. Ashland Jabberwocky Shuttle

27.6 km
314 m
1,705 m
The classic Mt. Ashland shuttle run still delivers the goods!
Difficult
Private
Spence Mountain: North Ridge Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Spence Mountain: North Ridge Loop

24.6 km
795 m
795 m
Head to Spence Mountain for a curated mountain bike-specific trail experience.
Extreme
Private
Time Warp -> Marty's -> BTI Shuttle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Time Warp -> Marty's -> BTI Shuttle

32.1 km
341 m
1,732 m
One of the best—and most technical—shuttle runs on the mountain.
Severe
Private
Time Warp -> West Side Shuttle
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Time Warp -> West Side Shuttle

39.4 km
640 m
2,030 m
Drop Time Warp then head to the little-ridden West Side.
Severe
Private
Jabberwocky Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jabberwocky Loop

10.4 km
421 m
421 m
A flowy romp on Ashland's classic trail!
Moderate
Private
Forest Park: Granite Trail Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Forest Park: Granite Trail Loop

8.5 km
346 m
346 m
Easily the best trail in Forest Park
Difficult
Private
Mountain of the Rogue: Big Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mountain of the Rogue: Big Loop

10.7 km
420 m
420 m
Beautifully-designed mountain bike-specific singletrack.
Difficult
Private
Mountain of the Rogue: Pay Dirt Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mountain of the Rogue: Pay Dirt Loop

4.8 km
170 m
170 m
Beautifully-designed mountain bike-specific singletrack.
Moderate
Private
Rye Spur Figure-8 Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rye Spur Figure-8 Loop

26.5 km
487 m
487 m
Mine some loam on a trail that time forgot.
Difficult
Private
Brown Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Brown Mountain Loop

31.3 km
609 m
609 m
A delightful backcountry mountain biking experience!
Moderate
Private
Collings Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Collings Mountain Loop

16.0 km
695 m
695 m
Mountain bike past the "only bigfoot trap in the world!"
Difficult
Private
Applegate Lake Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Applegate Lake Loop

28.0 km
666 m
667 m
A beautiful cross country mountain bike ride way off the beaten path.
Moderate
Private
Moore Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Moore Mountain

12.1 km
321 m
321 m
Make the most of Klamath Falls' in-town trail system.
Difficult
Private