Sturgis Fork TH to Bigelow Overlook
ElevationAscent: 1,247' 380 m
Descent: -1,247' -380 m
High: 6,247' 1,904 m
Low: 5,083' 1,549 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“A primitive multi-use ride through beautiful surroundings. Fantastic views of the Red Buttes, Mount Shasta, and ocean.”— Norm Young
At the intersection of the Boundary Trail #1207, turn right and head up towards the intersection of the Lake Mountain #1206 Shortcut and the Mt Elijah Trail #1206A. Again, expect some steep, eroded track (that is begging for a redo) up through tall timber. As you climb, keep thinking about the down trip: you are earning your turns.
The trail will flatten out at the verge of the first great meadow and the intersection of the trail to your right that goes to Mt Elijah, or it would: if it were ever maintained. Stay right and get ready for some sidehill across amazing meadows and excellent views of the Red Buttes, and as you climb, Mount Shasta, Preston Peak to the west, and finally a glimpse of the typically fog-shrouded Pacific.
You'll leave the Boundary Trail #1207 after climbing through the first set of meadows, doubling back to head east over the meadows you just rode through on the Lake Mountain #1206 Shortcut. Continue through more timber, and meadows, with better and better views.
Finally, you'll reach the top, with Lake Peak to your NE, and Bigelow Lake below you and the Illinois Valley further out. Break out that cold beer! You've earned it. And get ready for a lovely descent.
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Features, E-Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association
May 13, 2019: Write now to support beginner trail in Outer Lithia Park
Apr 17, 2019: Kids MTB Clinic (April 28)
Land Manager: BLM/USFS-Grants Pass Office