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Cedar Flats/Deer Creek

  • Length:
    72.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Grants Pass, Williams, Selma, Wilderville
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Rural, Wildlife Views

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Start southwest on OR-238 W/Medford-Provolt Hwy 4.2 miles (6768 meters)
Continue south on Murphy-Williams Hwy/Williams Hwy 2.6 miles (4179 meters)
Head south on Williams Hwy 1.3 miles (2162 meters)
Continue west on Murphy-Williams Hwy 0.7 miles (1070 meters)
Turn left to stay on Murphy-Williams Hwy 1.1 miles (1751 meters)
Continue onto Williams Hwy 0.6 miles (929 meters)
Head west on Cedar Flat Rd 4.2 miles (6764 meters)
Turn right on BLM Rd 37-6-36 3.8 miles (6169 meters)
Continue southwest on BLM Rd 37-6-36 3.1 miles (4936 meters)
Continue west on BLM Rd 38-7-13/Mungers Creek Rd 1.8 miles (2974 meters)
Continue north on BLM Rd 38-7-13 7.7 miles (12326 meters)
Continue onto Deer Creek Rd 3.8 miles (6106 meters)
Turn right to stay on Deer Creek Rd 1.6 miles (2570 meters)
Continue onto Dryden Rd 92 feet (28 meters)
Slight left onto Deer Creek Rd 4.2 miles (6790 meters)
Continue northeast on US-199 N/Redwood Hwy 10.2 miles (16390 meters)
Turn right toward Wilderville Ln 0.4 miles (574 meters)
Continue straight onto Wilderville Ln 1.3 miles (2137 meters)
Turn right onto Fish Hatchery Rd 4.4 miles (7112 meters)
Turn right onto Southside Rd 4.2 miles (6688 meters)
Turn left onto Murphy Creek Rd 151 feet (46 meters)
Turn right on OR-238 E/Murphy-Williams Hwy/Williams Hwy 0.9 miles (1493 meters)

Experienced cyclists who’ve exhausted all the possible rides and loops in the Medford/Ashland area may not be aware of this very challenging loop south of Grants Pass. Like the Conde Creek Loop in the Cascades, this ride through the Siskiyous is a mostly flat/rolling ride interrupted by a massive climb. Like Conde Creek, the heart of the ride is a single-lane, chipsealed BLM road that climbs a whole lot in a short distance. It climbs from 1,800 feet to 4,500 feet in 6 miles. That’s an average grade of 8.5% — steep enough, but there’s a mile of false flat in the middle that brings that grade average down. When the road is going up, it is rarely less than double digits in grade. The climb in question is the poorly named Cedar Flats Road, which essentially crosses the divide between the Applegate River & Illinois River drainages. Cyclists willing to do the work are treated to spectacular views of both sides of the divide. Massive Greyback Mountain to the south seems to grow taller as you climb higher.

About This Ride:
The ride starts at Applegate Store in Applegate. From here, continue on the Williams Highway north to a left turn marked for Williams; the route to Cedar Flats can be a bit confusing, but there are no necessary turns. After about 10 miles of meandering the valley, a sign marks the beginning of Cedar Flats Road, which immediately turns left and starts climbing a half-mile-long 16% incline. The road levels out, to a degree, with steep stretches in the hairpins before summitting at 4,500 feet and beginning the long descent along the South Fork and Main Fork of Deer Creek. Follow Deer Creek Road to the intersection of Highway 199 in Selma. Turn right; the highway gradually climbs 500 feet to a summit. Continue to the Wilderville exit and follow Fish Hatchery Road, which becomes Southside Road before returning you to Williams Highway. A right turn and 10 miles meandering along the Applegate River will bring you back to the starting point.

Directions:
From Medford, follow Highway 238 west 25 miles past Ruch to Applegate. The ride begins at the Applegate store.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light on most roads; heavy on highways

Seasons: Spring to fall

This ride brought to you by Siskiyou Velo.

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