Mountain Biking in the Oakridge Area

News Release Date
09-15-2013
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Oakridge is one of the leading mountain biking destinations in the country.  Bike Magazine recognized Oakridge as one of “America’s Five Best Mountain Biking Towns,” surrounded by hundreds of miles of highly rated trails.  The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designated Oakridge as one of their first Mountain Biking Ride Centers. Oakridge has great cross country style mountain biking as well as downhill biking.

The Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) was created to be the group to assist in implementing the Oakridge-Westfir Community Trails Plan. GOATS is creating new partnerships to maintain the area trails and is working to create new trails, and to protect, create, and enhance quality trail experiences for mountain bikers in cooperation with other trail users.  They promote responsible trail use, support volunteer trail work, assist land managers with trail management issues, and improve relations among all trail user groups.

Plenty of other cycling opportunities abound in the Oakridge area.  Freeride and downhill mountain biking has gained access at Willamette Pass Resort's Oregon Skyway summer gondola service.  Several gravity oriented trails have been added to the resort area trail network. 

In Oakridge, Diamond View Park has a bicycle skills park including jumps and pump tracks for youth. 

With all the buzz of mountain biking in Oakridge, road biking sometimes gets overshadowed.  The Oakridge area has hundreds of miles of paved forest roads including the Aufderheide Scenic National Byway.  The popular road bike tour Cycle Oregon has stopped in Oakridge twice in recent years bringing thousands of cyclists to the community.