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Level: Advanced
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking Winberry Divide Via Winberry Tie

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#111 of 301 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#4,936 in the world

Winberry Tie Trail climbs fairly steeply (at times through dense brush) for about 0.3 mile till it emerges onto a spur road. Turn right here and ride along this road for about 50-60 yards to its intersection with a larger gravel road. The trail continues here on the left. Continue another 0.6 miles to the intersection with Winberry Divide Trail.
The Tie Trail is all uphill, and tends to get a little overgrown with brush in places. The Divide Trail consists of a series of climbs followed by downhill sections. The trail is fairly smooth with few rocks, roots or other obstacles, although it is a little rutted from wet weather use in places. Expect lots of switchbacks and plenty of exertion. No matter which direction you are going here, it's work! The return trip is a bit easier, though. It starts and ends with fast, fun downhill runs--especially the last mile down the Tie Trail to your car. It's a little treacherous at first, but quickly turns to fairly smooth , fast downhill with some tight switchbacks and a lot of whoop-de-doos. Watch out for both of these.
At several places the trail dumps you out on Forest Service or old logging roads. The continuations are easy to find, though, as they are never more that 100 ft. or so from where you come out. The signage is generally poor, so take a good map and compass. Also, take all the water you will need as there is none available here during the summer months.
The total pedaled elevation gain for the whole ride is nearly 4,500 ft. due to the ups and downs of the Divide Trail. The overall actual gain is considerably less, however. If, when you reach the east trailhead, you've still got the itch to go futher, continue on the Tire Mountain Trail to the mountain or beyond to Alpine Trail. Many loops, and other ride options are available. AdventureMaps and TreadMaps both describe a number of options.

First added by MarcS on Aug 27, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Leave Lowell going north on Lowell-Jasper Rd. Take a right after about 2 miles at the Unity Covered Bridge onto Big Fall Creek Rd. Just before crossing the creek at about 1 mile, turn right and head toward Winberry Park. Travel about 4.5 miles past the park and to the end of the lake. Continue right on Winberry Creek Rd. about 5 miles till just before Winberry Campground. Turn right onto South Winberry Creek Rd., cross the bridge and drive about 1 mile to a bridge that crosses the creek on the right. Follow this steep, rocky road approximately 0.6 mile to a poorly marked trailhead on the left (you almost have to look back to see it). Here begins Winberry Tie Trail.
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  • MarcS
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    I rode/hiked this 13 mile out-and-back on a dry, warm August day, and its nearly 4,500 ft. of climbing nearly wore me out. It took me 3 hours to get up, and nearly 2 to get back down. On a better day I may have ridden more, but on this day I found myself pushing my bike uphill quite a lot.

    Except for a few overgrown spots in the first mile, the condition of the trail was excellent. It's very smooth and very fast on all the downhill sections. There are a ton of tight switchbacks, but otherwise not much in the way of technical challenges. The expert/black diamond rating must be due to the physically demanding climbs.

    Although I'm glad I rode it once, I'll probably never ride it again--at least not from the bottom up and down. I prefer one long grind on a logging road followed by miles of payoff in the form of a long downhill run on singletrack; or milder cross-country riding.

    Oddly, I didn't meet a single soul the whole way. It's odd because this is the height of the riding season in what is a premier location for MTB in the West.

    If you decide to ride this this route, take a pair of cut-offs with you. There's an excellent swimming hole under a bridge 1.5 miles downstrean from the Winberry Campground. Even in August the water's really cold--I just soaked my dogs and had a cold one.* Review edited 8/28/2012

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