24 miles
Distance
6,272 ft
Climb
-9,550 ft
Descent
4,775 ft
High Point

Overview
The trail that helped define backcountry riding in the Oregon Cascades. By the time you finally reach the covered bridge next to Westfir, you’ll have descended 9K’ of loamy, twisting, blazing-fast singletrack, surrounded by giant, ancient trees. Just be prepared to spend the rest of your life searching for a trail that matches this one.

Route Details
Maybe you shouldn’t do this ride. There is a good chance the Alpine-Tire Mountain-Cloverpatch-Alpine (ATCA) route will ruin you; you’ll forever be looking back wistfully on the day you first rode it. Don’t be fooled by the shuttle assist, though, because even though you start with a couple grand of vert in the bank, you’ll still need to earn several thousand more. Conserve your legs and supplies so you can enjoy the entire ride.

After the shuttle vehicle drops you on National Forest Road NF-1912, take the short connector from the road, and then a right onto the legendary Alpine Trail. The trail initially starts with a climb, which feels steeper than it is because you’re not yet warmed up. Soon enough the trail levels off and begins to playfully roll through the landscape, past towering conifers and through beargrass meadows. A ripping, prolonged descent ends where the trail again crosses National Forest Road NF-1912 twice in a short distance.

Once you’re descending again on the singletrack keep your eyes peeled for the right turn onto the Tire Mountain Trail; don’t blow by it or you’ll significantly shorten your ride. Tire Mountain climbs again through some sublime, exposed trail, offering magnificent views to the south. Another fearsome descent switchbacks through massive evergreens to the intersection with the Cloverpatch Trail, where a short climb puts you back on top of yet another epic backcountry descent, making you feel like a singletrack glutton.

Cloverpatch ends on Tire Creek Road, which you’ll descend until you turn left on National Forest Road NF-130. Now the climbing starts to hurt, and it goes on for two miles before you turn left and begin climbing the Cloverpatch Tie Trail. Thanks to the merciful trail builders, this climb is eminently doable, and is well-shaded from what can be a menacing afternoon sun. Another short climb, this time up National Forest Road NF-683 and you’re back on the Alpine Trail, ready to continue the descent. This segment doesn’t disappoint, offering up everything from twists and turns to no-brakes-if-you-dare straightaways. One last hard left near the bottom and you’ve completed the legendary ATCA. Your forearms hurt and your quads are shot, but a dip in the river will wash off the dust and refresh your soul.

Riding Season
Late spring through late fall.

Route Supporters
Local Trail Association
Alpine Trail Crew Association
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!

Comments


Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login

Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Half Fritter
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    14
More Stats for A.T.C.A. mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -3,277 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,135 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,413 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,136 ft
  • Grade
    -2.547%
  • Grade max
    -90.918%
  • Grade min
    73.529%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    13 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,908 ft
no votes yet
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
      Trail transparency
      Alpine Ridge Trail - Oakridge, OR
      Alpine Ridge Trail - Oakridge, OR
      19:44 | 63 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Nov 14, 2018
      Alpine Ridge Trail - Oakridge, OR
      Alpine Ridge Trail - Oakridge, OR
      19:44 | 77 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Aug 24, 2018
      The Alpine Trail Oakridge Oregon 06/25/17
      The Alpine Trail Oakridge Oregon 06/25/17
      40:58 | 270 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Jan 15, 2018

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      NF - 130
      Apr 5, 2019 @ 9:33am
      Apr 5, 2019
      Upper Alpine Trail
      Apr 1, 2019 @ 10:57am
      Apr 1, 2019
      Upper Alpine is still under snow, and access is limited due to the huge amount of trees down blocking all access roads leading up. reporter
      Tire Mountain
      Apr 1, 2019 @ 10:54am
      Apr 1, 2019
      Trail condition unknown, access is blocked off by massive amounts of trees down across roads preventing access as well as lots of snow in the higher elevations. reporter
      Cloverpatch Trail
      Apr 1, 2019 @ 10:52am
      Apr 1, 2019
      Trail conditions unknown, due to the amount of trees down blocking access from lower elevations and lingering snow in the upper elevations reporter
      Tire Creek Road
      Apr 1, 2019 @ 10:49am
      Apr 1, 2019
      The road is cleared up to the last mile before the Cloverpatch trailhead. Still lots of trees down in the last mile. ATCA trail crews spent the last weekend of March removing hundreds of trees to get access back open. reporter
      more reports »
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.