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“Epitome of all-mountain riding. Climbing rewards: whooshing curves, roots and off camber exposure.”
Eric Emerson on Sep 23, 2013
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9.7 Miles 70% Singletrack 2,025’ Ascent -2,017’ Descent 1,804’ Low 3,779’ High
Overview
A road climb starts from Woods Creek parking lot for 3.5 mile road climb. Climbing then continues on East Ridge trail with an older growth structure forest with a few glimpses of Corvallis, Oregon in the distance.

Then the North Ridge Trail challenges riders with downhill style riding and lots of exposure. It takes some riders years to master technical root sections after many days of walking past them.
Need To Know
If you park at the upper parking lot, buy a day pass or you may be ticketed - it's patrolled regularly.

If you have time, ride up the road when at the Upper East/Northridge parking lot and take a look at the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Volcanoes such as Mt. Hood, Jefferson, Mt. Ranier and the Three Sisters to name a few on a clear day if you can catch one.
Description
The typical ride begins with 3.5 miles of road climbing from Woods Creek gate up the fire road to the East Ridge trailhead. East Ridge Trail starts to the right at the intersection with the paved Mary's Peak road.

Approximately 2.1 miles of climbing on the East Ridge Trail will reward the rider with an awesome descent of loamy soil with curves, roots and off camber trail. If you can climb East Ridge Trail without putting a foot down or walking the entire climb, you are almost superhuman, but it's possible.

Note: You can also stop 1 mile up the East Ridge trail at the bench intersection and take the Tie Trail over to the Northridge trail and back to the car. Not featured in this ride.

After riding straight through the parking lot you'll come to North Ridge Trail for a mixture of wide open dh style riding, off camber roots, whooshing turns and technical bits of trail loaded with exposure. Be careful with your speed during exposed or blind corners. You might just find yourself inadvertently flying off the trail. It could be 10-40 ft off the hill.

After approximately 4 miles of flowy switchback loamy trail, you'll be back at the gate you started at and your vehicle.

(**If you wish, you can proceed down the lower Mary's Peak trail which parallels the Woods Creek road for approxiamately 2 miles. Not featured in this ride**)
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