Ossagon Trail - Trail, Orick - Humboldt County, California

Ossagon Trail - Trail, Orick - Humboldt County, California

DESCRIPTION

Insanely cool very steep and long downhill to the beach through enormous redwood forests. There is also a very high quality bouldering area on the beach when you finish the descent - reminiscent of the El Murrays in Hueco. Once you are at sea level head south along killer single track to an uphill climb from hell. it's lush.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 09, 2013]
Whitey
Cross Country Rider

first time here. rode down Ossagon trail, south along the beach, Davison road out to 101, but up through Prairie Creek campground and back up the scenic parkway to the trail head. 23 mile loop. As previously stated, scenery is incredible. Elk are intimidating. Trail conditions vary wildly depending on season. I rode this in early September and while there were a few technical sections, there were very few places which required dismounting or walking. Sure there are some climbs, but all well worth it. There is a hiking/biking single track that cuts over to the camp ground just up Davidson road after it cuts inland, but couldn't take it cause it was closed for maintenance.

Customer Service

See above ... When I go again, I will likely leave from the campground on the singletrack that meets Davidson road close to the beach. North up the beach, up Ossagon. Then back. I estimate that to be over 30 miles, but largely without having to deal with car traffic.

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Not for the faint of heart, technically challenging and a great workout. The climb is worth it!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 18, 1999]
Andy

I can't believe this jerk just spilled the beans on Ossagon! If people find this trail all will be lost. That's ok...it's probably going to be very hard to find...

Customer Service

whatever

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stay away locals only

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5
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RATING
[May 21, 1999]
Deb

This is a great trail. But it was not as hard to find as Andy wrote. All we did was look at a map! It is a sweet ride, but the beach Coastal Trail part was washed out (many lagoons) when we went in late April.Apparently they had alot of late rains. Beach Elk are cool and don't care about bikers as long as you keep your distance. Definitely not for the beginner or anyone unsure of themselves on technichal downhills (rocks and roots and ruts etc.).

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4
VALUE
RATING
[May 28, 2000]
Trollkin

An unmatched, gorgeous, surreal environment. Herds of elk, bald eagles and sea eagles, local natives fishing the sea. Great riding on lush, tech singletrack. Enormous awe-inspiring redwood conifers. Dank rainforest the perfect compliment to your skulled state of mind. World class bouldering on the beach (a little tricky to find but not bad). This is a premier area.

Customer Service

I like it best from the ranger station... I won't say anything more, but you end up climbing the Ossagon trail out. Oh yeah

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There are many more trails in this state park. Just stop by the friendly ranger station and grab a trail map. You can spend a week here and never ride the same loop twice. Oh yeah -- be sure to check the rad fossilized stump in the ranger station -- it will not disappoint you!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 28, 2001]
spaceman

Best ridden when not wet! In responce to other comments. There is no climbing from Hell, don't know where that came from, try the start of the Downieville Classic or the Shasta Lemurian if you want climbing from hell. Second of all you definetely want to be going down ossagon as well as streelow creek so it makes sense to go from north and then south. Also Andy relax man, this is to remote to become a way over used trail. Now the road section is about as good as your going to get from not being on dirt. The trees are awsome. Ossagon itself is sick, looks easy but ends up being kinda hectic if your going fast due to the slippery roots, rocks and ruts. The coastal trail is awsome flat big ring singletrack with cool creek crossings. Just make sure it is not bogged down. Beach Road is ok, nice stuff to look at with a couple of fun creek crossings and elk. Streelow is great, fast, lush single/doubletrack which you don't have to ride the brakes on. Very fun and davison is a ok way to finish off the ride on dirt. Kick ass loop with ossagon and davison being the highlights.

Customer Service

Go north on the road from the rangers station, then go down ossaagon, south on coastal trail, down beach road and back on streelow creek and davison ranch trails.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 29, 2001]
Harrison

Did it yesterday too. We must have crossed paths, spaceman. We were on a Rocky Mountain Element and Gary Fisher Sugar 3. It had rained several inches lately so the downhill was a tad dicey with wet roots, rocks and ruts. Small lake at the bottom only up to the pedals but ground was hard. No elk on the trail as they were all on the other side of the hill. Last time I rode it there was a dead bull half way down the downhill section in the middle of the trail! Beautiful weather made for a great day on this 20 mile ride. Just enough variety to keep it interesting.

Customer Service

Start at the ranger station and head north on the Parkway to the Ossagon trailhead. Down to the beach and south to the road and hill. Summit the dirt road and 1/2 mile down the other side take the jogging trail back to the campground.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 29, 2001]
Dan

Absolutely majestic ride. A virgin redwood forest, pristine waterfalls, elk, the ocean, streams, and mind-blowing singletrack make this one of the better rides on the planet. Be sure to walk your bike up Fern Canyon a couple of hundred yards to see where they filmed "The Lost World", as well as other films. Unsurpassable beauty.
This 20 mile loop has it all - technical singletrack, riding through large streams, gravel roads that parallel the beach, and dirt roads that are lined by an old-growth redwood forest. For dessert you get non-technical singletrack which you can shred to your heart's content. Joe Bob says check it out.

Customer Service

Ride the Newton B. Drury byway six miles north from the campgrounds; the trailhead will be on your left. The only way to do this ride is North to South, unless you want to climb all the singletrack!

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 07, 2002]
Vince

Well maintained trails provide a great way to see some really beautiful ferns and historic redwood trees...a must see is the 1500 year old "Big Tree"...the coastal trail is cool as are the elk...a nice variety of sights make this a nice ride that should only take a 2 1/2 hours at the most...without the Hynoochi of course...unfortuneatly, the route we chose forced us to mostly walk our bikes up the Ossagon trail :(...i would like to meet the person who can ride up that trail!...visually a very nice trail but not that tuff technically...

Customer Service

We left the Ranger Station and went south...going clockwise on this loop...and we were glad we did...there were some very large pools of water on the coastal trail so we had to Hynoochi our bikes (bushwack a trail to get around the large pools)...if we had gone the recommended direction we would have climbed the Drury Parkway for six miles, then down the very wet and nasty Ossagon trail section and then come upon the large pools:(...however with that being said, it is a beautiful loop that is probably best done in summer or early fall...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 11, 2002]
Buck

Don't listen to the last poster. Ride the loop counter clockwise!! Otherwise you'll walk up the Ossagon Trail (like Vince did)!! The reason he didn't find it technical was because they walked their bikes up it!!! Also, the parkway is not a climb, it's a paved two lane road that winds through the Redwoods.

Customer Service

Counter Clockwise from the campground!!!
Counter Clockwise = EPIC Day
Clockwise = Waste of a Day

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 24, 2002]
Fred

This trail is not technical, the actual Ossagon trail is a very fast downhill to the ocean through redwoods. The along the ocean the trail is a dirt road to a bit of single track to the ranger station. This ride is about a 15 mile loop, mostly dirt and paved road. I am not sure why anyone would consider it technical. It is however a very scenic ride, with huge redwoods, waterfalls, cliffs, ocean views, streams and elk to check out. 3 tires for the overall ride, 5 for ambience.

Customer Service

Clockwise from ranger station, 7 mile paved road to Ossagon trail head. This trail isn't very technical just long with a healthy climb from the ocean to the ranger station.

OVERALL
RATING
3
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