Nestled in the heart of Oregon, just a short distance from Oakridge, lies a 2.8-mile bike trail that promises cyclists a thrilling descent and an invigorating climb. The trail is quickly becoming a favorite among those who have tasted its untamed allure. It's not just the distance that captivates but the sheer quality of the track.
For those looking for pure, adrenaline-pumping downhill action, this trail does not disappoint. Its smooth, well-groomed surface lets cyclists reach exhilarating speeds, with a largely straight trajectory, interrupted by only a few moderate curves. The descent is so enthralling that the ride's shortness is the only lament of many.
But what goes down must come up! Be prepared for a steady and at times, a demanding climb. While the trail offers a delightful descent, the return uphill climb, especially on hotter days, can be a test of endurance. It's essential to ensure ample hydration, as a few riders noted the exhaustion from an underestimation of the trail's ascent.
To reach the trailhead, head east from Oakridge on Salmon Creek Road until reaching NF-2404. After approximately a mile, the entrance can be found on the left. For those relying on map directions, be cautious. Some riders have noted that these can lead up a gravel road to the top, leaving them unsure about the trail's bottom.
Oakridge's downhill trail is a testament to the fact that length isn't the sole determinant of quality. Every turn, descent, and ascent has been crafted to offer riders an unparalleled experience. Short but intense, this trail is a must-try for every biking enthusiast.