Elliott Ridge Dirt Biking

Southwest of Medford in the Rogue River National Forest, the Elliott Ridge area has 6 trails open to off-road motorcycle trails riding. The trailhead is located about 30 miles southwest of Medford. The Elliot Ridge Trail itself is an extension of the Stein Butte Trail #929.

Beginning at Seattle Bar Day Use Area, the trail passes underneath the Applegate Road bridge, and crosses Manzanita Creek road 1041. Leaving the road, the trail climbs steadily through a mixed conifer forest at a moderate grade for 2.5 miles to Elliott Ridge. Views from the ridge display the dramatic differences between dark green forests of north slopes, while pale green and brown tones of predominantly brush and grass are seen on the south facing slopes. The trail continues along the ridge to a crest just below Stein Butte. A short side trail to the top of Stein Butte offers excellent vistas of the Red Buttes and much of the Siskiyou Crest.

A loop can be made by leaving the ridge line at the trail junction approximately 0.3 miles east of the side trail at the top of Stein Butte. At this trail junction follow the 2.6 mile long New London Trail down the relatively steep grade to Forest Service road 1050 (Elliott Creek). Turn right at the trailhead and follow the road back to Seattle Bar Day Use Area.

To reach the trailhead from the Applegate Ranger Station, drive south 13 miles on Upper Applegate road to the junction with Carberry Creek road. Turn left and continue one mile to the Seattle Bar Day Use Area.


Local Contact(s):  RRNF (541) 899-3800; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

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Date Updated:  8/13/2016


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