The Great Escape

Oakridge is known for its old-growth forests, with ancient giants so broad they can sometimes serve as the trail itself. Sage Cattabriga- Alosa and Cam McCaul make the most of this natural transition. | CANON, 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 2500

The Great Escape Oakridge's Enduring Backcountry Appeal

Among the places reputed to be the Pacific Northwest’s premier riding destinations, few have a stronger claim than Oakridge, Oregon.

Squarely centered within the contiguous Willamette National Forest, its location enables riders to easily trade the mundane trappings of civilization for the Cascadia paradise of pristine meadows, lush forests and rugged ridgeline vistas.

Aptly described in the City of Oakridge charter as the “Mountain biking capital of the Pacific Northwest,” the township serves as a hub for endless adventure, with each trail network acting as an access point, or spoke, in the overall wheel that is the surrounding Middle Fork Ranger District (MFRD).

“It depends on what you’re after, but Oakridge really does have it all,” Kevin Rowell, MFRD trails manager, says. “You can either ride to the trailhead via a combination of gravel road connections to singletrack or shuttle just about any style of riding your heart desires.”

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