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Larison Creek

  • Length:
    6.3 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Oakridge, Culp Creek, Westfir
  • Region:
    Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Forest, River Views, Wildlife Views

Trailhead Elevation: 1552 ft


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This trail is mildly sloped and somewhat technical, with some stream crossings, switchbacks, roots and rocks. It’s a fun ride following the creek, but some sections have steep drop-offs, so be careful with young kids. The upper trailhead section can be tough, but this is great for all levels as an out-and-back from Larison Cove. Ride out until it gets too tough, then head back.

Travel east on Highway 58 from the city of Oakridge for 2 miles to Kitson Springs County Road. Turn right and proceed on Kitson Springs County Road for 0.5 miles to Forest Road 21. Turn right and continue for 3 miles to the trailhead at Larison Cove. Turn right into the trailhead parking lot.

The upper trailhead can be reached by traveling 1 mile on Forest Road 21 to Forest Road 2102, turn left and follow Forest Road 2102 for approximately 2 miles to Forest Road 2102-101. Turn left onto Forest Road 101 and travel about 8 miles to the trailhead. The last mile of Forest Road 101 to the trailhead is steep. The trailhead is on the left side of the road.

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  1. Larison Creek lower trailhead off Road 21 is 1540′ elevation, not 476′ as shown on the map. Upper trailhead off Road 2101-101 is about 3200′. Riding from the bottom trailhead up to a slippery log crossing is a little over 5 miles and a good place to turn around. There are many tight and steep switchbacks above there, but beautiful and worth the hike. My suggestion is to leave your bike at the log crossing and hike up to see little waterfalls, lush ferns, moss and big old growth trees.

  2. This is a good ride either as an out and back or a a loop starting at Greenwaters park in Oakridge. The 8+mi. on 101 is overgrown gravel road and is a sweet up down flat spin. I’ll do it again

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