Happy Ride: Brice Creek! (Cottage Grove)
March 26, 2016 at 10:53 am
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It’s not so hidden, but it’s sure a gem! Brice Creek is home turf for me and one of the best XC rides around. It’s not terribly long (11 miles done out/back or up to 13+ depending on falls loop and how that’s done), but has plenty of views, fun and great times available. Brice Creek has a lot of buff, smooth flowy sections and enough roots and rocks to keep the elite bike handlers awake as well, but no surprises that’ll make you wish you were super human or stayed home. We’ve all walked a spot or two and we’ve all had some well-earned victories over some roots or rock challenges on Brice.
We’re going to have some good riding, great times and great fun afterward. We’ll have some suds, soda and grub to combine with our social time after the ride.
We’ll meet at the west trail head at 10:53 and roll at 11:02. We’ll have a lead, sweep and folks in the middle to make sure everyone has a good time and has someone to ride with. Don’t know how to get to the west trail head? It’s really very simple: drive to Cottage Grove on I 5. Get off on exit 174 (the first CG exit). Go left (east) on Row River Road. Stay on that road for 21 or 23 miles…that’s it. Row River Road changes names a few times and has many twists, but you’d have to purposefully turn off the road toward some other place to leave the way to Brice Creek. Once you get through the many little “camps”/towns and see the “Welcome to Umpqua National Forest” sign you are very close, roughly 3/4 mile. There’s a big gravel parking area with a vault toilet and plenty of parking on your right. We’ll be parked there.