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Conde Creek Loop

  • Length:
    70.8 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Ashland, Medford, Talent, Phoenix
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, Forest, Wildlife Views

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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.

Start west on E Main St 0.3 miles (449 meters)
Turn right onto 6th St 318 feet (97 meters)
Turn left onto C St 0.1 miles (226 meters)
Turn right onto 4th St 466 feet (142 meters)
Turn left on B St 0.2 miles (273 meters)
Head west on B St 213 feet (65 meters)
Turn right onto N 1st St 440 feet (134 meters)
Turn left onto A St 0.1 miles (197 meters)
Turn right onto Oak St 1.2 miles (1855 meters)
Continue northwest on Eagle Mill Rd 1.4 miles (2185 meters)
Turn right to stay on Bear Creek Greenway 3.1 miles (5068 meters)
Turn right onto Siskiyou View/W Valley View Rd
Continue to follow W Valley View Rd
0.6 miles (976 meters)
Turn left on Suncrest Rd 0.8 miles (1323 meters)
Head north on Suncrest Rd 0.3 miles (452 meters)
Turn right onto Royal Crest Rd 1.1 miles (1740 meters)
Turn left on Hughes Rd 0.4 miles (607 meters)
Head west on Hughes Rd 223 feet (68 meters)
Continue north on Payne Rd 0.6 miles (948 meters)
Turn left onto Fern Valley Rd 0.6 miles (1027 meters)
Keep left at the fork 0.9 miles (1402 meters)
Turn right at S Phoenix Rd 0.3 miles (490 meters)
Continue onto Foothill Road 4.9 miles (7921 meters)
Continue onto Foothill Rd/North Foothill Road
Continue to follow Foothill Rd
4.9 miles (7945 meters)
Turn right onto Corey Rd 0.5 miles (816 meters)
Continue onto Kershaw Rd 0.6 miles (993 meters)
Turn right onto OR-140 E/Lake of the Woods Hwy 10.2 miles (16475 meters)
Slight right toward Lake Creek Lp Rd 0.1 miles (203 meters)
Head east on Lake Creek Lp Rd 1 miles (1630 meters)
Continue onto S Fork Little Butte Creek Rd 8.7 miles (13929 meters)
Turn right onto Soda Creek Access Rd 6.6 miles (10632 meters)
Continue onto 38-3E-17 1 miles (1675 meters)
Continue onto Conde Creek Rd 1.3 miles (2040 meters)
Turn left on Conde Creek Rd 2.1 miles (3369 meters)
Head west on Conde Creek Rd 0.4 miles (688 meters)
Slight right onto Dead Indian Memorial Rd 13.8 miles (22179 meters)
Turn right onto OR-66 W/Green Springs Hwy 66 0.2 miles (353 meters)
Turn right on E Main St 1.4 miles (2287 meters)

The Conde Creek Loop is one of the harder rides around. It is very similar to the Cedar Flats/Deer Creek Loop in that it is generally a rolling/flat ride with one very steep climb accounting for most of the work. That climb is Conde Creek Road, a single-lane Forest Service road that climbs from roughly 2,200 feet to 5,200 fee in about 11 miles. That makes it sound hard enough, but consider that the first 2,000 feet of climbing is in 4.8 miles: a lung-busting 8% average with long stretches of 10% – not for the faint of heart. The climb does ease up after reaching 4,200 feet, climbing only 1,000 feet in the next 6 miles.

The ride is beautiful. It rolls through the lush valley of the South Fork of Little Butte Creek as its walls steepen into a deep gorge. It climbs dramatically up out of the canyon to the Dead Indian Plateau and once you catch your breath, it’s back down the exciting descent of Dead Indian Memorial Road into Ashland. On clear days you’ll get direct views of Mt. McLoughlin, Brown Mountain and the peaks of the Mountain Lake Wilderness. The descent of Dead Indian is great fun on a bike and offers some of the best views of the Siskiyous that you’ll get anywhere.

Directions:
For this ride, it’s best to ride Main St. and the bike path through Ashland to Talent Ave. & Colver Road. Proceed to N. Phoenix Road, Foothill Road, Kershaw Road & Highway 140, where you will go head east for 10 miles. Turn right at Lake Creek Road, continue through Lake Creek, and gradually climb for another 10 miles. At a fire station sign, there is a poorly marked right turn onto Conde Creek Road, which immediately crosses the South Fork of Little Butte Creek and begins climbing steeply out of the canyon. There is a sign indicating a road closure, but unless snow blocks the road, the road will be open. Continue with the pavement until it meets Dead Indian Memorial Road near the summit; turn right and return to Ashland.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Heavy on Highway 140, but good shoulder; light otherwise

Seasons: Spring to fall

This ride brought to you by Siskiyou Velo.

 

 

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