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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
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Mountain Biking Lithia Loop Rd Trails

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There are several short trails in this area, most accessed from Lithia Loop rd (F.S. rd 2060) which is closed to motorized use for most of its length (26 miles). By riding up the road from Lithia Park or the White Rabbit TH you will intersect with 3 of these trails that cross this road giving different starting points for a shorter ride if you like.

Catwalk- 2 miles
Steep terrain, fast, lots of switchbacks, kickers, etc. The Catwalk trail comes to a T, turn L onto the Toothpick Tr. (R leads onto private land).
Toothpick- 0.8 mile
Follows the contour of the steep hillside actually climbing a couple hundred ft. Fast, Swoopy tr. Trail ends at the Lithia rd, Caterpillar trail starts across rd.
Caterpillar- 1 mile
Start up the right side of a small knoll and the trail quickly curves around the top and darts through the woods down a ridge on the other side. A fast, curvy trail over rolling terrain, switchbacks and a few jumps. Trail crosses the Lithia rd once more and then comes to an intersection with the White Rabbit Tr, turn L to continue on this route (R leads down the White Rabbit, a popular DH route), trail ends at Parking lot, Alice in Wonderland starts across the parking lot.
Alice in Wonderland- 1 mile
Wide but steep trail descending down along a ridge, rutted with big water bars. Fast but nothing technical. BTI is a left fork about .7 miles down from the top.
BTI tr- 1 mile
This is the technical cherry to end the ride. Dropping over 600 ft in under a mile there are many tight switchbacks, steep drops, kickers and loose granite. A lot of work went into constructing a fun ride here but the trail does not shed water very well so you can add a few deep ruts to the technical challenge. BTI comes out on Glenview dr near the parking area at Granite st.

First added by AK_Dan on Oct 21, 2009. Last updated May 5, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From downtown Ashland follow the signs to Lithia Park, that will put you on Granite ave. You may park anywhere in Lithia Park and ride or drive on up just past a pond and an intersection with Glenview dr, there is limited parking available here. Ride up Glenview .5 mile and then take a sharp right onto Ashland loop rd and begin climbing, it joins pavement again for a couple hundred yards but then continues on as a double track 1.3 miles to the parking area at the White Rabbit trailhead. (This is also a parking option however this singletrack route will end near the pond at Granite & Glenview leaving you with the climb back up to your vehicle if you park here.) At this point you have already climbed just about 1000’, from here there is no motorized traffic on the road for the next 3.5 miles and another 1200’ making this quite a healthy climb. There are map kiosk’s at a couple different points along this road including one at the top of Catwalk tr.
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  • skidplate
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    Many of the trails are very fun theres a good hillclimb but nothing unbareubul beautiful seanry but if your looking for a trail with jumps and drops im yet to find any but there good family trails

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  • redbeard1
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    Fun, but a bit confusing at times. Follow the PCT signage to the upper trailheads.

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  • *****

    Good fast trail and has some desint jumps. I liked the up hill climb from the parling lot to start it off, good warmb up. I will be back to ride more for sure.

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  • Timothyfluegge
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    Made a wrong turn at the intersection of Granite/Glenview but didn't mind cuz I got an excellent workout climbing 2000+ ft over 6 miles of fire roads. Then had fun coming back down. Next time I'll try not to miss the turn so I can enjoy the singletrack out there.

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  • ziraga

    how is this trail in late november? is it well marked?

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  • true_blue
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    Best parking option is on Glenview, saving yourself over a mile of meaningless climbing on the paved portion of Granite Road. From here it is still 2 miles up to the parking area at the White Rabbit/Caterpillar/Alice in Wonderland trailhead. This is a good place to take a break.
    You will be sick of riding on the road by now, so I would recommend the following route: pick up the White Rabbit/Caterpillar trailhead on the left side of the parking area and follow it uphill to where Caterpillar branches off to the right. This is an easy, smooth and rolling bit of trail that will take some of the sting out of all that road climbing it took to get here. When the trail comes back down to the gravel road, cross the road and pick up Caterpillar again on the other side. This part of the trail is steeper, with some very fun rooty switchbacks, until it too becomes rolling before depositing you back down to the gravel road and the intersection of the Toothpick and Lamb Mine trailheads.
    Lamb Mine, which is on the right side of the road, is a very easy, short out-and-back that features a cool abandoned mine tunnel and a spectacular view at the end.
    Returning to the trailhead, you have two options: Ride Toothpick (on the left side of the road) out and back and call it a day, or grind up the gravel road for 1.6 miles to the Catwalk trailhead. The road is wicked steep, and I confess I had to walk about half of it, but the downhill on Catwalk is worth it. It starts with some steepish pitches through a rock garden, then cruises steeply downhill, with roots, tight switchbacks and a nice surface that encourages speed. Then, where Catwalk intersects with Toothpick, turn left on Toothpick and follow the recommended route downhill: Toothpick to Caterpillar, Caterpillar to Alice in Wonderland, then down on BTI, which has some of the best switchbacks I've ever ridden. Yes they're steep and tight, but beautifully bermed. Super fun section to end the day.

    * Review edited 6/17/2010

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