Brice Creek Trail # 1403 - Trail, Eugene, Oregon

Brice Creek Trail # 1403 - Trail, Eugene, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

Trail starts pretty easy and goes thru some nice huge trees but ends up going along the west side of Brice Creek for the 5.5 mi. The side of the mountain is pretty steep both up and downside of the trail. Some sections are pretty broken up with the trail being on a steep slope and nothing but gravel... kinda freaked me a few times being pretty new to mtn bike riding. There are 2 cutoffs from the trail where one can cross the creek into campgounds: 1) Cedar Creek Campgound 1.5 mi, 2)Lund Park 4.0 mi. After the Cedar Creek crossing the trail gets more interesting with some nice little hills and roots. About halfway thru there's a nice climb with switchbacks. That's what really got me! I ended up walking... I just plain ran out of steam. But it was a great ride and I'd love to do it again but I live in Florida. Maybe in the spring I'll return with my bike and enjoy it again. (Also I wished this site had the ability to upload images as I took some pics with my digital camera I'd love to share.)

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 13, 2008]
ThickRichard
Cross Country Rider

I think this trail is tough - year round.

I ride the 5.5 mile section often - both "up and back". It is nice to continue up the "chaparrel creek" road for a while - the river and forest remains fabulous the entire way.

I don't get to see any of the creek while on the trail. If I loose focus for a second, I could hurt myself. Starting at the bottom, riding the 5.5 miles up, there are about 5 places that are beyond my ability - or, at least, beyond my daring. I have to walk my bike.

There are very rocky spots where the rocks are sharp! There are roots that can stop me dead in my track. There are cliffs with at least a 50 foot drop only a few feet away.

Still - I ride this trail all the time because the forest and creek are beautiful. Huge old growth Oregon forest. And, you sometimes can not tell where the water starts and stops - it is so clear. (Please remember, stop riding to look at the water - this train is dangerous!)

Customer Service

Start at the first bridge below the first campsite. Ride up. Get to the Chaparrel Creek road, turn around and ride back. About 11 technical miles. (Make it as far as you like by continuing up the Chaparrel road.)

You can bail at either camp and get back on the road. Riding up can still be tough but much more serene than the trail.

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The Loraine dirt trails are wonderful! More than 25 miles of trails through the hills.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 25, 2007]
David M
Weekend Warrior

This is a very special and beautiful trail that has lots of surprisses and will challenge the best of riders in various spots. This a great ride to do on a really hot day because it's in a rain forest and is about 10 degrees cooler than Eugene and Springfield (The real home of Bart Simpson!) Think children of the fern, moss, old growth trees, rocky rooty terrain with occasional steeps, ledges, fun and challenging climbs on a polished pretty groomed trail. Saweeet. The only issue really is new comers not riding in control and shooting off the trail or degrading the trail. Please ride in control on this gem or it'll get distroyed in spots, especially dropping off from the water fall area on top. This section can give you a false since of security as it's steep and sweet but there are tight switchbacks, off camber shoots, dips and lips that can easily take you and your bike off the trail. Please slow it down and enjoy the amazing scenery. We don't want to waiste this trail so our kids kids kids and be doing the same thing we are there. This is one of my favorite comfort trails, please enjoy it cause it's special though treat her with respect so she'll be there tomorrow for us all.

Customer Service

Trail all the way up till the end at Brice Creek road on top, stay right the whole way though not right to the camp grounds. Stay on the main trail. At the end,at about 5.5 miles up head up the road about 50 feet and you'll see on the left the trail to the waterfall. It's steep with all-doable switchbacks. There's one that'll give you a real run for your money. You'll know the one. Yah, it's doable but you gotta be on your A game. The best views of the trail are up toward the waterall. I'm getting all misty eyed thinking about the golden views, lush forest and obstables that await. It's a good climb though give her a whirl if you're not in the best shape. Again, if you make it to the waterfall and keep following the trail it gets steep downhill. Please control your speed and enjoy the view. If you try and go fast you will hurt the trail and likely shoot off of it. I know you're thinking, "not me man!" but you're the one I'm thinkin about.

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Crawrish is kick ass. If you're strong ride the trail up to the top where you'll cross an amazing high mountain shell rock section of trail. When you're riding on slabs of mountain, you're near the top. Watch out for the bear that lives up there. He likes to wait till you round the corner, give you a look just to let you know it's his but than he'll generally take off. If not, just yell, "Hay bear!" really loud and flap your arms and he'll amaze you with his power, grace, speed and agility as he springs into the air and rips through the forest like some kinda wild spirit which I guess he is. Probably won't hurt ya though. Another great up that way is Adam's Mtn way. This is awesome once cleared. Brice is a sweet afterwork ride for anyone!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 29, 2007]
Terry Tiessen
Weekend Warrior

The trail was a mixed bag of tricks. First you ride on rocky terrain with exposure to the right. Then the trail gets rooty and rocky! Most of the trail is along the side of a hill and has lots of exposed areas. This trail is not for beginners! A person could screw up and end up in trouble. The trail rises from west to east with a few steep climbs along the way. Myself and a beautiful young lady went on Memorial Day Weekend (great weather!). She is strong and managed to power up a lot of the climbs. This was her first mountain bike ride of the year and she lacked a little of the technical skills, but did very well none the less. She lead the way back down the paved road at 30 mph to the parking lot. We both enjoyed many beautiful views along the way and noticed some camp groungs next to the trail. The area is gorgeous! We were told that if you keep going up the road (east), there are some nice falls and killer views. The trail was fun!

Customer Service

We started at the west end of the trail and rode up the trail then down the paved road. This seemed like a good route.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 15, 2005]
Thewman
Weekend Warrior

This trail is very versatile. It follows the beautiful Brice Creek for about 5.5 miles and ends up ducking behind a nice waterfall at the top of the loop. The ride in total is about 14 miles. If you choose to ride the trail without the steep loop towards the end (the funnest yet most grueling part) you can turn around and make it an easy 11 or 12 mile gig. You will reach a small paved road after the first six miles or so. You can reconnect to the waterfall loop by riding up the paved road for about 50 feet. This trail is rideable pretty much all year although during winter watch out for missing sections of trail, as it is situated in a temperate rain forest. It does tend to get muddy spots, and also towards the top you will sometimes find snow. Be prepared as always, it seems like a walk in the park until you get to the last part where you climb switchbacks up to the waterfall - this part will kill unsuspecting prey.

Customer Service

I would contact Pauls Bike shop or Collins Cylces in Eugene in order to get directions and tips on getting to the trail.

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If you like downhill or freeriding, try the Crawfish trail. The boys at Collins Cycle shop know all about it. It is a little hard to find but worth it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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