Mt. Ashland Mountain Bike Route
Trailhead Elevation: 2243 ft
DirectionsGet directions to the trailhead on Google Maps
In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.
The Mount Ashland Mountain Bike Trail is the beginning of the famous “Revenge of the Siskiyous” mountain bike race. The route climbs uphill from Ashland to the top of Mount Ashland, a distance of 15 miles and 5500 ft. gain in elevation, and is a very difficult and challenging ride. Starting at Upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park, ride up Granite Street along Ashland Creek about one mile. When the fork in the road above the siltation dam is reached, bear left on to Glenview. Follow Glenview for about 1/2 mile to Ashland Loop Road. Turn right onto Ashland Loop Road, which becomes Forest Road #2060 1.5 miles further up. When #2060 turns off to the right, continue left onto Forest Road #200. Follow #200 about four miles to #2080 to the paved Mount Ashland access road. Turn right onto the access road and follow it two miles to the Ski Ashland parking lot. Continue through the parking lot and enter Forest Road 20. Follow Road 20 for 1 mile to #300, which ascends to the summit of Mt. Ashland. Return the same way.
The first 10 miles of this ride may be closed to all entry during fire season. Mountain bikes are not permitted off roads in the Mt. Ashland area.
This ride is one of the most popular among locals, looping through the National Forest above Ashland. Though not technically difficult, the ride is strenuous, with a total elevation gain of approximately 3,000 feet. The decomposed granite surface road is narrow, winding and often rutted. Bikers should control their speed of descent, and be especially watchful for oncoming cars and trucks. Carry sufficient water and a snack or lunch.
The Lithia Loop is predominantly within the Ashland Watershed, which is the source of the city’s water supply and special consideration should be given to its protection. The entire watershed may be closed to all entry during the mid-summer and fall when fire danger is high. No camping or campfires are allowed. Riders must stay on the roads. Use of the area is not recommended in rainy weather or when the soils are wet.
Photos of this Ride
Southern Oregon Visitors Association