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Ashland Watershed Loop

  • Length:
    28.2 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Late Spring to Early Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Ashland, Talent, Phoenix
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon

Trailhead Elevation: 1911 ft

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This is a very popular local gravel ride. Lots of people choose mountain bikes, but it is fun on a cross or gravel bike. Most of the route is closed to motorized traffic. It starts with a 5 mile climb (about 3,500′ of total climbing), but levels out for the main part of the ride, with a fun downhill stretch back into Lithia Park. No services once you leave Lithia Park. Views of Mt. Ashland, the Bear Creek Valley and Grizzly Peak. Most of the route goes through pine and Doug fir forest. The last mile has some large gravel.


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