Most of this trails' elevation gain is in the last few miles. Beginners can enjoy the lower reaches of the trail. Intermediate bikers can test their abilities with climbs and technical terrain encountered farther along. Experts can pedal, and push, their bikes to the top then turn around and return for a 12 mile out-and-back. A longer option involves following paved and gravel roads to the top of Larison Creek Trail, then descending on the single-track to close the loop.
The lower section rolls up and down, paralleling Larison Creek and traveling below a canopy of young firs, cedars, and maples. This is a fun, but very technical single-track. Hanging moss, stands of old-growth timber, and the bubbling of Larison Creek combine to give this place an enchanted feel. The steeper section includes areas loose with gravel and sand. Watch out for these hazards. If you choose the loop option the paved and gravel roads are in fair condition and include some moderately difficult to steep climbing. This ride begins near the Hills Creek Reservoir, approximately 6 miles south of Oakridge.
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