Middle Fork Willamette River #3609 - TRAIL

Middle Fork Willamette River #3609 - Trail, Westfir, Oregon

27 miles along the Middle Fork Willamette River. Start at Sand Prarie Campground. Look for signs. A mix between the Mckenzie and the Umpqua. Short climbs, lots of rollers, cool terrain, challenging water crossings, great scenery. Can do as an out and back from below or shuttle from the top down. An all day adventure.

User Reviews (1)

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phil   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2010]

As a correction, this trail is access via Oakridge, not Westfir. The North Fork trail is out of Westfir which is a out and back ride with similarities, but very different.

Customer Service

I recommend two different routes, one is teh shuttle down from Timpanagos Lake doen to Sand Prairie campground or an out and back from Sand Prairie Campground to Campers Flat. If you choose to do the latter, there are various turn around points to make this a short or long ride. The south side of the river the trail is a must, very unique flora and the trail is 12" wide-pure singletrack.

Go into the Willamette Mountain Mercantile and they will take care of you, ask for the new Adventure Map and you are good to go.

Similar Products Used: North Fork (some tight switchbacks and/or hike a bike stretches out at the end, approx. 12 miles one way.)

Salmon Creek to Flat Creek to Salmon Creek Loop.

Larison Creek

Alpine Trail-Tire Mtn-Cloverpatch or Winberry
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
William Wynkoop   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2010]

Actually I didn't bike it, I walked it. I discovered that the 2009 Tumblebug fire has made portions of this trail unridable with fallen trees, burned out roots leaving gaping holes in the trail, erosion and bridges burned up. The part of the trail that we saw fire damage was in the Chuckle Springs area. The fire continues upstream for a long ways, furhter than we walked. Some parts of the tail are horrible, other parts untouched by the fire. I would recommend checking in the the USFS before you try riding this section of the trail. 4-11-10.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Deborah Bowling   Cross Country Rider [Jul 06, 2009]

We shuttled to the top and rode / hiked the entire 30+ miles of trail down to Sand Piper Campground.

The first section is super steep, with some very tight switchbacks; but it's ride-able. It drops a couple thousand feet in 3-4 miles. We were advised to follow the "horse trail" on the next section because it was better than the named trail. Problem is, the horse trail was NOT RIDE-ABLE. It was a MISERABLE 2+miles that took more than 2 miles to walk and carry the bike in super steep, super rocky, horrible trail conditions. Even a horse couldn't ride that trail. REALLY. So if you're going to ride the Middle Fork, it's best to not shuttle all the way to the top. Below the horse trail section the single track is AWESOME. It's mostly downhill; but there are some rolling and some fairly steep, but ride able sections.

Customer Service

Shuttle to an entry below the horse trail. And don't ride in June or early July. The mosquitoes are vicious!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
steelstump93   Cross Country Rider [Jul 13, 2007]

This is a great ride with a variety of riding. Some up, but mostly down (shuttled it from timpanogas lake), some technical, but mostly smooth. I give a 4 for technical because of the upper section, the lower section I'd give a 3. Even though it's mostly down, if you ride the whole ~32 miles you'll be pretty wiped (unless you're in real good shape). There's a 2 mile section that inlcudes numerous stream/bog crossings that keep you off the bike most of the time, and almost made me rate the trail 4 instead of 5 stars. There is a horse trail that bypasses about half of this section that I would take next time. We rode the trail in early july so it (the wet part) may not be as bad later in the summer. Overall I consider it a must do ride that ranks up there with waldo lake. A light medium travel bike would be ideal.

Customer Service

Shuttle to the top of the trail near Timpanogas lake and park at one of the take out points down river. I think we finished at sand prarie. I would probably quit a few miles upstream next time.

Similar Products Used: Waldo
Upper Alpine is good, lower is OK.
Moon pt./youngs rock is OK.
Lots of other riding in the area
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Matt Kelly   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2007]

Nice forested, twisy-turny, undulating single track along a river. Everything a river trail is supposed to be: uphill, downhill, technical, rolling, nice views.

Customer Service

We rode this trail on the way back from Moon Rock trail.

Similar Products Used: Alpine Trail, Moon Rock
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
ken haigler   Cross Country Rider [May 27, 2007]

this is a classic river trail that can be ridden uphill on the trail or if you feel out of shape you can take the paved road up and ride the trail in the downhill direction. The sections above Indigo Campground are super technical requiring trials skills. The trail is has beautiful scenery and mininal number of hike-a-bike sections. The section below Butcherknife Creek is easy and suitable for beginners or a warm-up.

Customer Service

Lots of entry/exit points along forest road 21

Similar Products Used: Moon Point, Windy Lakes
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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