9 miles
Distance
1,327 ft
Climb
-3,947 ft
Descent
01:21:05
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
    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 [+]
    • 100 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 mountain 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
    01:21:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:34
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Status:
on Oct 24, 2020
Wet
Avg: 4.35 (35 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
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  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
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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
  • Ideal
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lower Alpine Trail Trail Reports

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      Oct 24, 2020 @ 8:49pm
      2 days
      Clear
      Oct 18, 2020 @ 3:19pm
      Oct 18, 2020
      Sep 27, 2020 @ 11:57am
      Sep 27, 2020
      Middle Fork RD is open despite the outdated status on their site. Currently there are 7 trees down and tons of debris on lower alpine. Gonna need...
      Sep 25, 2020 @ 10:45pm
      Sep 25, 2020
      Middle fork ranger district is still closed as of Friday 9/25. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4209
      Sep 25, 2020 @ 8:55pm
      Sep 25, 2020
      reporter Middle Fork Ranger District closure has been lifted.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 382 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 895 rides
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      12 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Sewermonkey (Jul 21, 2019 at 6:10)
       Go ride in Bend. They have the best trails and dirt.
      ????????
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag chasintrails (Jun 12, 2019 at 21:43)
       Overrated, not the best in oakridge
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:56)
       Duh. Dork
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag chasintrails (Aug 23, 2019 at 9:45)
       Let's meet up and I'll punch you in the throat?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 22:31)
       I kill cops so sure
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Jcad22 (Aug 20, 2019 at 18:35)
       Great trail. All around fun!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 4:58)
       We call it the Weak Coast fer a reason y'all. 216 Wolfpack.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Sewermonkey (Aug 23, 2019 at 22:31)
       Looks easy to ghost u.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
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