6 miles
538 ft
-2,271 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Middle Fork - West Trail


  • Riding Area
    Oakridge, Oregon
  • AKA
    OTT Willamette, Oregon Timber Trail, OTT
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

Remote and lightly-travelled river trail. Follows the Middle Fork of the Willamette River from its headwaters at Timpanogas Lake over 30 miles downriver to near Sand Prairie Campground just above Hills Creek Reservoir. This is a full-day expedition and best ridden as a shuttle in order to get the full trail experience. Ridden that way it is one of the best trail experiences in Oregon.

Despite being mostly downhill on average, many punchy steep climbs will test your endurance. Be prepared about every kind of water crossing imaginable, often including logs or broken and twisted bridges. Also mosquitos at Timpanogas late early in the summer season.

Segments of the trail cross roads and bridges so you will need to pay attention as many intersections are not well-marked. Particularly in the lower sections below Moon Point where the trail flattens out and becomes braided in a swamp/meadow.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Middle Fork Trail - West bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,733 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,595 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,351 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,331 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,598 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,595 ft
  • Avg time
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Avg: 4 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to middle-fork-trail-west trailhead (43.409570, -122.116260)
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Gooniekillah (Apr 30, 2017 at 23:51)
 The top section is top notch with huge old growth and roots and views. The last 15-20 miles is pretty flat and mediocre
  • + 1
flag jefe (May 9, 2018 at 13:36)
 This is a true adventure ride, not a shuttle bomb. The trail is rugged and far from groomed. It is a fantastic ride through some beautiful forest and by a nice river. Don't be fooled by the elevation profile thinking that this is a nice mellow gradual downhill; the top descends steeply (super fun) but then it rolls with punchy climbs (some that you will have to push your bike up) and descents for seemingly endless miles. Did it as part of a bikepacking trip from crescent lake and it was a fantastic end to the ride.

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