“Beautiful, shuttle-able ride near Oakridge, OR
— Louie Vidmar
Larison Creek Trail
is located near Oakridge, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The top mile is steep and can be overgrown with blackberry bushes in July and August, a reminder that sometimes 'biking is bleeding'.
From the trailhead, go north on FR21 2.3mi to FR2101, then climb 1.9mi to FR101. Go left onto FR101 and continue for 8.3mi through ten creek ravines. Cross a ridge and go left onto the trail.
Descend through the steep upper section, followed by several razor-switchbacks to the creek crossing. The first mile is steep and can be overgrown with blackberry bushes in July and August, a reminder that sometimes 'biking is bleeding'.
The steep section ends in a series of razor-sharp 'tapeworm' switchbacks down to the Larison Creek crossing, followed by several miles of technical riding, with exposed roots and many stream crossings. Larison Creek upper switchback section
Trail surface smoothes out, with a few stream crossings and some hillside exposure while riding alongside Hills Creek Lake.