8.6 miles
611 ft
-3,213 ft
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 (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Apr - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
  • 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
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Owner

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.

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More Stats for Lower Alpine Trail mountain bike 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,604 ft
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on Sep 18, 2022
Avg: 4.4 (41 votes)
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      Lower Alpine Trail Trail Reports

      Sep 18, 2022 @ 10:31am
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      Aug 13, 2022 @ 7:46am
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      Jul 4, 2022 @ 9:22am
      Jul 4, 2022
      Also shows the wear from MBO and shuttle crowd
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 2:57pm
      Jul 2, 2022
      Trail is perfect!
      Jun 17, 2022 @ 8:19pm
      Jun 17, 2022
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      • 20 miles avg distance
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      17 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Chuckolicious (May 18, 2022 at 15:41)
      Rode it today with first shuttle of the season. Raining, super wet, but still super fun. No snow issues.
      • + 0
      64jBv (Jun 13, 2021 at 19:04)
      A word of advice to beginner / intermediate riders attempting this trail know what you’re getting yourself into. I came to oak ridge after seeing awesome videos of people bombing this hill on YouTube. Prepare to clutch your brakes until your hands give out. Are there beautiful PNW vistas of a breath taking valley? Absolutely! Is there potential to go very very fast? God yes. Don’t underestimate the exposure factor, long cliff side straightaways lead into severe hairpin turns or require you to navigate around rooty sections that leave you closer to the cliff than is comfortable. During one shale covered cliff side section I had the misfortune of a critical malfunction where my rear axle deseated and locked up my rear wheel — the stuff heart attacks are made of.
      Where this trail really shines is the adventure factor: the scenery, the novelty, and if you’re brave and talented enough you could probably have a killer run down.
      The trail description says something to effect of “your hands will hurt from high fives from all the glorious moments this trail offers”, more like your hands will hurt from white knuckling your bars / breaks for 10 miles and 4000 feet of descending.
      • + 0
      Benconomics DOD (May 24, 2021 at 21:43)
      The climby parts help you to appreciate just how beautiful the scenery and forest is. Some good natural berms and some tight switchbacks. Mild exposure which is exacerbated by going mach chicken.
      • + 0
      Kianhabashi (May 24, 2021 at 11:58)
      Correction: I said Larison rock twice. Lawler is the endurofest comparable to alpine
      • + 1
      Kianhabashi (May 24, 2021 at 11:54)
      So I just got done riding some major trails in Oakridge. Here is my opinion of them and hopefully will help people deciding on what to ride. Alpine trail: an adventure. It is old school mountain biking, not a adrenaline enduro fest where you can let loose the whole time. Lots of climbing and times where your flow is killed. Nonetheless I sick ride and a very fun adventure.
      Larison rock: endurofest. Now this one is comparable to alpine as it is still quite the adventure but you can really let it loose and fly through with only a couple times where you’ll do some real climbing. Super fun and I think if you have one ride here and you want something for more instant dopamine, then pick this trail.
      Dead mountain: super pumpy, rolling, jumpy trail. So much fun but not your typical trail riding. It’s a good supplement to the other trails, and I would say do it as a second ride.
      Larison rock: I don’t think I climbed even once. Just a quick 3 mile shred fest. Some people said it’s a warm up but It’s so easy to start flying down and slip out (what I did).
      Lower Goodman trail: just did this is a quicky on my way out. Just skip this one, definitely do mt hardesty instead. Super overgrown right now too.
      • + 1
      bennydee (Oct 20, 2020 at 18:52)
      I was a fan. Very cool terrain, pretty serious journey from top to bottom with quite a bit of climbing, which I didn't mind. My favorite section was the classic second-to-last one (2nd to last? I think so...) with pretty wide open sections bombing on the right side of the ridge. Not as sustained, Vin Diesel, quarter-mile-at-a-time, no brakes debauchery as Lawler, but total rip all in all.
      • + 1
      Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 22:31)
      Looks easy to ghost u.
      • + 1
      Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:58)
      We call it the Weak Coast fer a reason y'all. 216 Wolfpack.
      • + 0
      Jcad22 (Aug 20, 2019 at 18:35)
      Great trail. All around fun!
      • + 0
      Noahsunflower (Jul 15, 2019 at 20:24)
      Brown paw! Perfect ribbon through the woods with plenty of interesting Optional sendy bits. Often sandbagged by people who like riding at bike parks.
      • + 0
      chasintrails (Jun 12, 2019 at 21:43)
      Overrated, not the best in oakridge
      • + 1
      Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:56)
      Duh. Dork
      • + 2
      chasintrails (Aug 23, 2019 at 9:45)
      Let's meet up and I'll punch you in the throat?
      • + 0
      Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 22:31)
      I kill cops so sure
      • + 0
      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.
      • + 3
      Sewermonkey (Jul 21, 2019 at 6:05)
      Dork. U have no clue. You must be one of our World Cup DH racers that come with full face and goggles for trail riding. Mtn biking is comedy nowadays.
      • + 2
      Sewermonkey (Jul 21, 2019 at 6:10)
      Go ride in Bend. They have the best trails and dirt.

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