Oakridge is a sleepy mountain town in the middle of nowhere that has transformed “from ‘Heart of the Timber Empire’ to ‘Mountain Bike Capitol of the Northwest,'” according to Benjamin Beamer, long time local and board member for the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS). According to Beamer, Oakridge is home to over 300 miles of bike-legal singletrack, most of which can be classified as classic backcountry trail. Indeed, while many trails begin and end in the town of Oakridge, in moments it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, pedaling deep below the canopy of the massive forest.
While there isn’t much in the town of Oakridge to support mountain bike tourism, you will find two separate shuttle companies (Oregon Adventures and Cogwild) and a massive MTB festival by the name of “Mountain Bike Oregon.” Also, Oakridge is home to a quality local shop and some good brews (see below), but don’t expect to be brewery hopping like you can in nearby Bend.
- Alpine Trail: 20 miles, intermediate
- Middle Fork Trail: 20 miles, intermediate
- Waldo Lake: 22 miles, intermediate