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Top mountain biking trails in Oregon with a campervan and the family

9 of the Top Mountain Biking Trails in Oregon

If you’re at all intrigued by the sport of mountain biking, then the Pacific Northwest should be on your list of mountain biking destinations. For example, singletrack terrain in Oregon through forests, mountains, and along rivers is some of the best and most unique in the country. With help from Singletracks, a nationwide online mountain biking community, we’ve put together an aggregated list of some of the most frequented and well-loved mountain biking trails in Oregon. Send it!

1. McKenzie River Trail

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Firstly, The McKenzie River Trail near Eugene, Oregon is a 26-mile intermediate singletrack route through a lava field, old growth forest, and along a river with crystal clear blue waters. You’ll find waterfalls and log bridges along the route, and riders note that the difficulty of the trail is due to its length, rather than elevation gain or technicality.

2. Alpine Trail

In addition to a few other trails in Oregon, The Alpine Trail near Oakridge, Oregon has been called, “damn near perfect”. The trail is made for speed, and the beauty of the terrain is truly unmatched. The full out-and-back experience is 20 miles, if you choose to climb. However, you can shuttle to the top for the downhill-only experience.

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3. Sandy Ridge

The Sandy Ridge Full Tour, a route comprised of three different downhill runs, is the most popular way to experience this trail system. The total network comprises 15 miles of trail, with beginner, intermediate, and lastly advanced terrain. The trails follow cliff lines and wind through old growth forests.

4. Blackrock Freeride Trails

The beauty of the Blackrock Freeride Trails is that they’re designated as “mountain bike only”. If you’re into cross-country, downhill, or freeride riding, you’ll love the challenge of the uphill ascent with the payoff of the downhill adrenaline rush. The trails were built and are maintained by the Blackrock Freeride Association and in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry.

5. Tiddlywinks

The Tiddlywinks Trail, located near Bend, Oregon, is known for its singletrack and flowing downhill. A short climb brings you to the top where you’ll start with a rolling descent and then a half-mile section of berms, jumps, and singletrack. This intermediate trail can also be enjoyed by advanced riders as well, for the jumps and berms have varying degrees of difficulty and can either be jumped or rolled over.

6. North Umpqua

If it’s river views you’re after, head to the North Umpqua trail system near Roseburg, Oregon. 79 miles of trails include all levels of terrain, from beginner to expert. You’ll really feel like you’re getting away from it all as you wind your way through old growth forest and wild landscape.

7. Whoopdee

The fast roller coaster-like drops on this 10-mile trail keep locals and visitors alike coming back for more. Most ride the Whoopdee trail counterclockwise, and though the views are stunning year round, this Hood River area trail is at its best in mid-summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.

8. Alsea Falls Recreation Site

The Alsea Falls Recreation Site trail system was built new in 2014. The flowing singletrack near Corvallis, Oregon winds its way through old growth forest and is characterized by fast, high-impact downhill terrain. Though many of the trails are rated for intermediate riders, they often feel more technical at speed.

9. Cape Mountain Trail System

The Cape Mountain Trail System near the coast in Florence, Oregon features 10 miles of singletrack, flowing downhill, and incredible landscape. However, the trails are also open to horses, hikers, and trail runners, so keep an eye out on the switchbacks.

Looking for more Pacific Northwest mountain biking destinations? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite PNW mountain biking trails in addition to mountain biking trails in Oregon so that you can make the most of your next adventure.

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