8.6 miles
Distance
611 ft
Climb
-3,213 ft
Descent
01:16:54
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Lower Alpine Trail

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    Land Manager

Lower Alpine Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Alpine Trails
    Oakridge, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Season
    Apr - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #840 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #5481 in E-Biking
    • #75425 in Trail Running
    • #37706 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2015
  • Land Owner
    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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,602 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,144 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,010 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,746 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,145 ft
  • Grade
    -5.7%
  • Grade max
    -74.3%
  • Grade min
    29.3%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,604 ft
  • Avg time
    01:16:54
  • Avg reverse time
    02:07:03
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on Apr 22, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (49 votes)
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      Lower Alpine Trail Trail Reports

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      Apr 22, 2024 @ 5:11pm
      Apr 22, 2024
      brown pow. braaap!
      Apr 13, 2024 @ 9:08am
      Apr 13, 2024
      Alpine is running from Buckhead Shelter Down. You will likely be able to make it up a little further, but there will be down trees and eventually...
      Dec 18, 2023 @ 9:23am
      Dec 18, 2023
      10" tree down at the shale slide area, able to ride around but will cause erosion on the slide slippery in the maple leaves, but still riding...
      Sep 19, 2023 @ 9:58am
      Sep 19, 2023
      Sep 3, 2023 @ 3:55am
      Sep 3, 2023
      All good - saw for the first time the tracks and slight wear caused by a motor cycle.
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      • 22 miles avg distance
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