Near Prospect in the Rogue River National Forest, the Bitterlick Trail (#1079 / 5.5 mi. / 2200) is a fun mountain bike ride for a hot summer day. The mountain bike rider must cruise across the creek at least 7 times during the length of the trail. For this reason, this mountain bike ride is not recommended for the early spring or late fall when there is high water in the creek. Given the steepness of the trail, it is best to hike the trail south from Access #1 to Access #2. Leave a second vehicle at Access #2. Starting on Forest road #6640, the trail drops steeply for the first mile down to Bitterlick Creek. From here, the trail follows and crisscrosses Bitterlick Creek. Vegetation is lush along the creek. Old-growth Douglas-fir, sugar pine and incense-cedar are found here along with dogwood, hazel, big leaf maple and vine maple. Bitterlick Creek was named in the late 19th century by Elk Creek ranchers for the presence of a mineral lick found along this stream. Access #1 (Upper Trailhead): From Prospect, travel south on Hwy. 62 for 19 miles to the Elk Creek road. Turn right, and continue 14 miles to Forest road #66. Turn left and proceed for 4 miles to the end of the pavement. Continue on road #6640 for another 4 miles to the trailhead, located on the left. Access #2 (Lower Trailhead): From Prospect, travel south on Hwy. 62 for 19 miles to Elk Creek road. Turn right, and continue for 13 miles to the junction with road #6620. Turn left, and go 1.5 miles to the junction with road #6620-050. This road is not recommended for passenger cars. Park at the junction and mountain bike ride to the trailhead.
Overall, Bitterlick Trail is the 21st most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.