August 31, 2018
Pedal up Homestead to the shell burg falls sign and continue right through the wooden gate to see the new section at Catamount - a flowy out and back that adds 30 mins or so to the ride. There's some large berms and wallrides and optional airs that add some excitement to the loop. Pedal back up to the top, and then do the original catamount trail, a flowy, pedally ride with only a few climbs. Stay in a higher gear and keep your momentum going to fly through the lower sections of the trail. Tech is a at a minimum but you'll still have fun connecting flowy turns around the ferns and downed trees.
This is a great place to go night riding too, there's no intense climbing to fog up your goggles and no large jumps to confuse your depth perception.
This trail has come leaps and bounds even in the last 6 months. In the summer like this the trail is moist but puddle free - very tacky. What a great local ride when I don't feel like climbing Blackrock. It can also be fun to take your lights at night and go on the Silver Falls trails but this is illegal, you've been warned. Be very respectful of the pedestrian only trails, no skidding, no smashing jumps, no making new lines. The Rim Trail is a great XC style ride cutting though the most scenic parts of silver falls. You cannot do this during daylight unless you want a ticket or you want to inconvenience 20 hikers who will call the ranger on you. Be like a ghost and be quiet. Enjoy!!!!
Office Bridge river trail in Oakridge