Lithia Loop Mountain Bike Route
The 30th most popular mountain bike trail in Oregon.
Tuesday 19 July 2016 01:45 GMT
Near Ashland in the Rogue River National Forest, the Lithia Loop (28mi.) starts and ends in Ashlands Lithia Park (elev. 1,950). From the Upper Duck Pond, mountain bike ride up Granite Street along Ashland Creek about one mile. When you come to the fork in the road above the station dam turn left onto Glenview Drive and follow it 1/2 mile to Ashland Loop Road. When you reach the National Forest Boundary Ashland Loop Road becomes Forest Road #2060. Road 2060 loops above the East and West Forks of Ashland Creek, reaching an elevation of 5000 , and reenters the City of Ashland above the station dam. Follow Granite Street back to your starting point. Total distance is about 28 miles -beginning with a steep 6 mile uphill, followed by 15 miles of level and rolling grade and ending with a steep 7 mile descent (average riding time 3 to 5 hours). To avoid the steep climb and descent, drive the first 6 miles to Four Corners, at the junction of Road #2060, #2080600, and #2080200. Park here and mountain bike ride the easier section out and back. This mountain bike ride is one of the most popular among locals, looping through the National Forest above Ashland. Though not technically difficult, the mountain bike ride is strenuous, with a total elevation gain of approximately 3000 feet. The decomposed granite surface road is narrow, winding, and often rutted. Bikers should control their speed of descent, and be especially watchful for oncoming cars or trucks. Carry sufficient water and a snack or lunch. The Lithia Loop is predominantly within the Ashland Watershed, which is the source of the citys water supply. Special consideration must be given to its protection. The entire watershed may be closed to all entry during the mid-summer and fall when fire danger is high. No camping or campfires are allowed. Riders must stay on the roads. Use of the area is not recommended in rainy weather when soils are wet. From the Ashland Ranger Station, drive west on Hwy 66 for 1 mile to Siskiyou Blvd. Turn right onto Siskiyou Blvd. and continue another mile; Siskiyou Blvd. becomes Lithia Way (one way). Continue a few blocks to North Pioneer St. and turn left. Continue on North Pioneer to East Main. Cross East Main and jog right toward the Plaza. Turn left onto Winburn Way and follow it up through the park to the Upper Duck Pond.
Overall, Lithia Loop Mountain Bike Route is the 30th most popular mountain bike trail of all 56 mountain biking rides in Oregon.