9 miles
Distance
1,327 ft
Climb
-3,947 ft
Descent
01:20:09
Avg time
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Lower Alpine Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Alpine Trails
    Oakridge, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Apr - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #853 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2015
  • Land Manager
    USFS

Overview
The original backcountry ride that put Oakridge on the map, this has the same start as the ATCA but you stick just to the Alpine Trail all the way down. A great combination of deep forests, narrow singletrack, and scary-fast segments that will have your palms hurting from handing out so many high fives to your riding buddies.

Route Details
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 starts with a climb, which feels steeper than it is because you’re not yet warmed up. Soon enough it 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.

You’ll continue descending singletrack past the turnoff to the Tire Mountain Trail (a ride for another day). Even though there are a couple small uphills it would be exaggerating to call them “climbs”, and the trail seems like it rolls downhill endlessly, through rocky, exposed hillsides with scrubby oaks to more pine-needle loam than you thought could possibly exist in nine miles of trail.

As you continue to drop you’ll catch glimpses of the valley floor but the fun isn’t over yet. The final 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’re almost there, glad to give your forearms a rest but at the same time disappointed to know that endless descents aren’t really endless. Console yourself by riding through the historic covered bridge and visiting the Westfir Lodge and Mountain Market for refreshments and beta on the nearest swimming hole.

Riding Season
Late spring through late fall.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lower Alpine Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,619 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,135 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,020 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,756 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,136 ft
  • Grade
    -5.78%
  • Grade max
    -52.548%
  • Grade min
    41.218%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,437 ft
  • Avg time
    01:20:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:34
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Status:
on Jun 21, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (22 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
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  • 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
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  • 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
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      Lower Alpine Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 21, 2019 @ 11:45am
      Jun 21, 2019
      Very dry and fast. A bit loose in some sections.
      Jun 16, 2019 @ 9:52am
      Jun 16, 2019
      reporter Dry and fast.
      Jun 9, 2019 @ 3:13pm
      Jun 9, 2019
      Literally perfect brown pow. Not one puddle and only one greasy spot.
      May 27, 2019 @ 6:27pm
      May 27, 2019
      reporter Trail is really muddy and should be ridden with responsibility.
      May 17, 2019 @ 3:51pm
      May 17, 2019
      Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around on flat section before final descent to Westfir portal. Overall trail rode well, damp in...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 22 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 107 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 895 rides
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      May 9, 2019 @ 6:49pm
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      Nov 7, 2018 @ 9:29am
      Nov 7, 2018
      104 |
      Dec 22, 2017 @ 2:00pm
      Dec 22, 2017

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag jefe (May 9, 2018 at 12:54)
       This is the claimed flagship trail of the area. It is a beautiful trail and a nice singletrack, but very meandery. Great for beginners and XC riders I guess. If you like going fast and looking for fun trails, don't waste your time on this trail, you will be disappointed. Lots of super fun trails in Oakridge... just not this one.
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      • + 0
      flag chasintrails (Jun 12, 2019 at 21:43)
       Overrated, not the best in oakridge
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