Adventures in Mountain Biking


August and September are great months to ride along Oregon’s hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails, from sky-high mountainside switch backs to moderate single tracks through heavily forested foothills. Across the state, from the Coast to the Willamette Valley to Central Oregon, sunny skies and dry conditions are pretty much the norm this time of year. Below are three trails of varying skill levels that you’ll soon be telling your friends about.

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Distance: Varies
Starting Point: Oakridge, Hillsboro, Parkdale
Minimum Driving Time: NA
Best Time to Drive: August and September
A Great Trip For:Outdoor Enthusiasts

Tillamook Forest Trail
This trail tip is from one of our very own. Travel Oregon’s Director of Marketing, Kevin, is an avid mountain biker with a penchant for “ridin’ dirt” every Thursday. While Kevin’s a bit mysterious about where exactly this trail’s located, here’s what he’s willing to share.

“My weekly fat tire excursion begins at 5:30pm in a parking lot in Hillsboro where I meet my fellow dirt disciples to carpool for an evening of adventure in the Tillamook State Forest. Close to home, the Tillamook Forest offers a variety of mountain bike trails for all abilities. Today’s trail is an eight mille loop of single track that offers a smorgasbord of roots, rocks, stump jumps, and rock gardens. And for the cardio lovers there are many short, intense climbs and for us many fast and furious down hills. Along the way we cross creeks, old railroad grades and a beautiful waterfall. We are in no rush and the rides takes us about an hour and half to complete. As we near the parking lot the conversation turns to the thought of our next adventure; chicken wings and a tall pale ale.”

Think you know where Kevin and his buddies ride? Tell us if you know!

Surveyors Ridge
Travel to the Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge area for a slew of incredible mountain biking trails. One favorite is the 13-mile Surveyors Ridge, which has creek crossings, steep ascents (and descents!) and gorgeous views of Mt. Hood. Its surface is mostly single track, though there are some gravel and paved roads. Recommended for bikers with moderate to advanced riding skills.

Adventure in the Valley
Oregon Adventures runs guided mountain biking tours out of the southern Willamette Valley town of Oakridge, within the Cascade Mountains and its foothills. There’s 500 miles of single track on over 30 trails, offering a huge range of rides, from leisurely and scenic to more challenging and technical (and vertical!). The trips range from half-day to five-day rides.

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