It’s no secret that Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country, hands down. That’s why so many choose to spend their time traversing the enormous number of hiking and biking trails throughout the state. Next time you want to find out what Oregon has to offer in the way of natural splendor, start with one of the 10 best mountain biking trails.
The Maston Trailhead is part of the Cascade Mountains in Prineville, Oregon, with over 4,000 acres of mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail is open year-round, even in winter, but doesn’t allow overnight camping.
Cathedral Hills is a 10-mile trail system just minutes away from downtown Grants Pass. According to the official description, “the trails loop through 400 acres of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests and provide views of the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains.” This trail is open year-round but is only for day use.
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Gunsight Ridge is part of the Gumjuwak trail system. It covers almost seventeen miles with an elevation of over 3,000 feet. Nearby Hood River Mountain Bike Adventures can help you find your way if you get lost.
The Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area in Jackson County, Oregon is open year-round and is comprised of over 50 tent sites and electric campsites. Take your bike through the on-site trail to better explore this 910-acre park.
The McKenzie River Trail was named America’s #1 River Trail by American Best Trails. The McKenzie River Trail has two levels, with the upper trail suiting intermediate to advanced bikers and the lower trail better for beginners.
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According to the official Bureau of Land Management website, “The Enchanted Forest Trail is a short scenic trail leading to the Felton Memorial Trail.” The Enchanted Forest trail is only 1.7 miles long but provides a scenic, out-and-back route. Combine it with the Felton Memorial Trail to add another 1.5 miles to your ride.
The Little Boulder Lake Trail #463A is considered relatively easy, but that doesn’t make it any less worth visiting. It is just off of Forest Road 4880 and is part of the Barlow Ranger District. Ride between Boulder Lake and Little Boulder Lake with the entire family.
The Sandy Ridge Trail System covers over 17 miles of single-trail trail and has a moderate difficulty. It’s open year-round and doesn’t require an entrance fee. Along the 17 miles, you’ll find at least one trail for any level of rider, from beginner to advanced.
The East Applegate Ridge Trail in Medford, Oregon is just five mile south of Jacksonville and “offers stunning vistas for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use,” according to the Bureau of Land Management website. The trail is open year-round.
The Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is another wonderful trail in Medford, Oregon. The ditch once carried water from the Little Applegate River to Sterling Creek as part of a hydraulic system used in gold mining. Today, it is a day-use trail for hikers and bikers with seven trailheads of varying lengths and difficulties.