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Ossagon Trail

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Insanely cool very steep and long downhill to the beach through enormous redwood forests. There is also a very high quality bouldering area on the beach when you finish the descent - reminiscent of the El Murrays in Hueco. Once you are at sea level head south along killer single track to an uphill climb from hell. it's lush.
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Latitude
41.440474431452884
Longitude
-124.04139518737793
Trail Directions
[:-p to locals] If heading South on 101 take the Newton B. Drury scenic byway. Wind your way through unreal redwood forests until you see the Ossagon trailhead on your right - go slow it's hard to find but you'll find it. If heading North on 101 do the same thing - Newton B. Drury to Ossagon trail on your left. You can also stop at the ranger station and ask for a trail map. ;-)
Trail Length
10 + however long you want it.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Orick - Humboldt County
   


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Review Date
September 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Whitey ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
first time here. rode down Ossagon trail, south along the beach, Davison road out to 101, but up through Prairie Creek campground and back up the scenic parkway to the trail head. 23 mile loop. As previously stated, scenery is incredible. Elk are intimidating. Trail conditions vary wildly depending on season. I rode this in early September and while there were a few technical sections, there were very few places which required dismounting or walking. Sure there are some climbs, but all well worth it. There is a hiking/biking single track that cuts over to the camp ground just up Davidson road after it cuts inland, but couldn't take it cause it was closed for maintenance.

Recommended Route:
See above ... When I go again, I will likely leave from the campground on the singletrack that meets Davidson road close to the beach. North up the beach, up Ossagon. Then back. I estimate that to be over 30 miles, but largely without having to deal with car traffic.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arcata Community Forest - Almost overly groomed. Fun but not particularly technical

Paridise Royale - the best built for and dedicated to mountain biking trail I have ever found

Not for the faint of heart, technically challenging and a great workout. The climb is worth it!



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Review Date
June 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: local , from Kneeland

Summary:
Despite what some may think, this is Redwood National Park for the fine people of the world. There is no local vibe here. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Fern canyon is incredible and there is even a natural shower right after the muddy down hill on the ossagon trail. This is the place to go if you are visiting from out of town. Definitely a scenery run and too nice a place to cop a vibe or be a jerk (for most people.) This trail is good for intermediate riders who can handle a little uphill.

Recommended Route:
counter clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For more technical riding and jumps, try one of the many branches of Jacoby Creek (couch trail,) or ask for Rowan at adventures edge in arcata for the freshest info.



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Review Date
June 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tim Daniels , from Eureka, CA, U.S. of A.

Summary:
It's not the best ride in the area but it's fun none the less. Last time I rode it was during a storm in the winter. We too chose to ride through deep swampy water in the flats (it dries up in the summer). It was raining hard enough on the way back down NBD Parkway that we didn't need to shower. Near Fern Canyon, we came across a full grown bull elk standing in the middle of the trail. We rolled carefully on by wondering if we had made a wise choice. As it turned out he left us alone. We came within about ten feet of him. I was a bit spooked but the drive to finish the ride was too strong.

Recommended Route:
Mom's right follow her directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For a good climb and screaming fast descent try Lost Man Creek/Holter Ridge. It's all forest service road but it's closed to traffic. I've hit 40+ mph on that road.



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Review Date
February 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mom , from Southern Humboldt

Summary:
Y'all are whiners! This is the trail we take our girly-girl riding friends on; heading out on the Davisson trail starts you out with virtually NO climbing, puts plenty of road in your route and saves the best for last, flying through the redwoods to get back to dry socks. You should be plenty warmed up by the time you get to the slick climb back up from the coastline (3 out of four 4 girls made this climb). We did this as a ladies' ride in mid-January and rode through thigh-high water (much quicker than bush-whacking) for a good section of the coastal trail. The water has the stench of swamp methane and elk manure, which may make some consider a shower back at the campground. Be sure to pack baby wipes for the back-seat bath, otherwise. Also, repack your hubs and greaseand oil your whole bike after a submersion like that. An epic day for a beginner, a fast 20-mile loop to hammer for an intermediate rider.

Recommended Route:
Depends on who you ride with. Drop in off the parkway and ride trail to Fern Canyon as an out and back to avoid all cars

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have the time, continue south on 101 and check out the fire roads in Rockefeller forest. Look Prairie takes you up into the fog line and shows you what local logging looks like. Give us a couple days notice and (maybe) ride our private trails, because there's nothing legal north of Benbow around here...(yet).



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Review Date
December 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: April , from Redwood City, ca

Summary:
To the east coaster, yes, it's technical especially when wet! We went when it's "semi-wet". The roots and rocks got slippery on the downhill section. The loose down leave didn't help much with traction either. But the scenery...it's awesome! Single track winding among the lovely redwood forest and lush green fern all over the place. Great change of scenary from the dried-up hillsides we've got down in South SF Bay. And the Fern Canyon is plain fun! We did the trail both ways. The downhill on the rutted, slippery Ossagon section is probably not for beginers. But anyone who have riden single track downhill would do fine, by going cautiously and slowly. On my way down, I saw plenty of people climb it. And I mean riding, not pushing their bike. So we climb it too, though I had to stop a couple times to catch my breath. The climb up is actually kind of fun in a sick way. Although it look steep, I was amazed that most of it is ridable, however brutal. You feel your lung is about to explode. But somehow you keep inching your way up, ever so slowly on the granny gear. It helps if your peddling style is smooth, or you'll loose traction at times.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lost Man Creek trail, Cal Barrel Rd are both very scenic, but not technical.



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