14 miles
3,262 ft
-3,267 ft
3,538 ft
High Point

Get to know the Ashland area with this fine sampling of near-town trails. The green and blue descents get you in the groove of the riding you’ll see in the region, and the directional nature allows you to enjoy the flow. Thanks to the doubletrack climb with multiple trail crossings you’ll be able to loop your favorite trail of the day, go higher if your legs allow, or quickly drop back into picturesque downtown Ashland if you decide that the beautiful afternoon would go best with a local IPA.

Route Details
Whether you’re pulling into town that morning or if you’ve spent the previous night, head into historic downtown Ashland to start this ride. Strategically situated, you’ll be ready to enjoy the plentiful food and drink offerings at the end of your day on the trails.

Climb south through the neighborhoods on residential streets, letting your legs warm up. About 1.5 miles from town you’ll shed the hillside homes and enter the forest, following Ashland Loop Road for another 2.5 miles. The road keeps heading up but save your legs later as this ride already has a solid 3K’ of vert. Your initial descent is on Caterpillar Trail, a classic ride that, in keeping with the theme, continues downward on Alice in Wonderland Trail.

Keep your wits about you as you pass the six-mile mark and split left onto BTI Trail, a more recent addition that keeps the fun factor turned up. Check your speed and cool down as you flow onto the multi-use trail at the bottom of BTI, and reflect happily on your first 1,200’ descent of the day. If you think it would be wiser to save your legs for later, you can easily drop into downtown at this point. If you want more punishment (followed by more fun), pedal over to Horn Creek Road, downshift, and start climbing again for your next helping.

At slightly past nine miles into the ride, you’ll turn right onto Wonder Trail and keep climbing. Just as you’re starting to get tired the trail kicks uphill in earnest, followed by rolling climbs and descents as you turn right onto Fell on Knee Trail at Mile 10.5. After another mile you’ll finally crest and start withdrawing all those vertical feet you deposited into the bank. You’ll drop onto Hitt Road, a fast old roadbed littered with natural doubles and man-made hits, before dropping the final mile back into downtown. Smart you, it’s early afternoon on a sunny day, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and brewpubs fighting for your attention. Find a nice al fresco spot and start carbo loading for the next ride.

Riding Season
This ride tops out near 3,500’, which means it can be open earlier and later than the trails higher up near Mt. Ashland. Spring through fall is a solid bet unless the snow arrives early or sticks around late. Summer can be warm in the afternoon so you may want to get an early start to avoid climbing in the heat of the day.

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