The Route

The Oregon Timber Trail is an iconic 670-mile backcountry mountain bike route spanning Oregon’s diverse landscapes from California to the Columbia River Gorge. 

Fremont Tier

The Oregon Timber Trail aptly starts in the middle of nowhere on the California border. You’ll leave Oregon’s highest town and traverse the 140 mile Fremont National Recreation Trail. You’ll be rewarded with the stunning views from Winter Rim, a feast at the legendary Cowboy Dinner Tree, and have the opportunity to stay at a number of primitive fire lookouts. 

  • 207 Miles, 23,000 feet of vertical gain
  • 2% Paved
  • 20% Dirt road
  • 78% Singletrack
  • Longest stretch between resupply: 95 miles
  • Longest stretch between water sources: 45 miles

Willamette Tier

The Willamette Tier is markedly different from the Fremont Tier. The dry deserts, sparse ponderosa forests and wide open rangeland give way to dark, verdant and loamy forests as soon as you crest the Cascade Range. You’ll follow feeder streams and springs of the Willamette River’s Middle Fork for much of this tier, putting your water scarcity worries at ease—at least for now. 

  • 148 Miles, 13,000 feet of vertical gain
  • 5% Paved
  • 33% Dirt road 
  • 62% Singletrack 
  • Longest stretch between resupply: 92 miles
  • Longest stretch between water sources: 15 miles

Deschutes Tier

The Deschutes Tier takes you back over to the dry, volcanic eastern flank of the Cascade Range. Bend is famous for its large network of world-class mountain bike trails and the Oregon Timber Trail takes advantage of them as it leaves Waldo Lake and winds its way through the Cascade Lakes region and around Mt. Bachelor.

  • 113 Miles, 8,000 feet of vertical gain
  • 0% Paved
  • 33% Dirt road 
  • 67% Singletrack 
  • Longest stretch between resupply: 37 miles
  • Longest stretch between water sources: 15 miles

Hood Tier

As you head into the Hood Tier you may think you’re on the final stretch—that is if you haven’t looked at the elevation profile. The Hood Tier takes you up and down across countless backcountry ridges and streams, first teasing you with imposing views of Mount Jefferson and eventually Mount Hood itself. The Old Cascade Crest is steep and rewarding, eventually dropping you near Detroit Lake and up to Olallie Lakes through the Breitenbush Hot Springs valley. 

  • 200 Miles, 26,000 feet of vertical gain
  • 30% Paved
  • 30% Dirt road 
  • 40% Singletrack 
  • Longest stretch between resupply: 90 miles
  • Longest stretch between water sources: 22 miles

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