January 18, 2012
Conditions on this trail have change recently. Extensive work has been done to improve riding conditions on some of the degraded sections. Also, much brush has been cut back, so poison oak is not so much of a concern. I rode it about 2 weeks ago, and although it was a little muddy, it was a great ride. I barely touched any bushes, and the wettest parts are well-gravelled now. There are some challenging technical parts for intermediate riders--mostly at water crossings. Two notes: 1) The PCT is nowhere near this trail, and 2) the trail resumes on the right side of the road not the left if you're headed east from the dam. Also, check out the connecter trails that lead to higher elevation trails with TH's in Westfir. Get recent topo map of Oakridge area trails. Great workout--great ride!
South Willamette near Lowell & Brice Creek near Cottage Grove.