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Brice Creek Trail # 1403

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Trail starts pretty easy and goes thru some nice huge trees but ends up going along the west side of Brice Creek for the 5.5 mi. The side of the mountain is pretty steep both up and downside of the trail. Some sections are pretty broken up with the trail being on a steep slope and nothing but gravel... kinda freaked me a few times being pretty new to mtn bike riding. There are 2 cutoffs from the trail where one can cross the creek into campgounds: 1) Cedar Creek Campgound 1.5 mi, 2)Lund Park 4.0 mi. After the Cedar Creek crossing the trail gets more interesting with some nice little hills and roots. About halfway thru there's a nice climb with switchbacks. That's what really got me! I ended up walking... I just plain ran out of steam. But it was a great ride and I'd love to do it again but I live in Florida. Maybe in the spring I'll return with my bike and enjoy it again. (Also I wished this site had the ability to upload images as I took some pics with my digital camera I'd love to share.)
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Latitude
44.024421519659334
Longitude
-123.0908203125
Trail Directions
Sorry I don't remember directions since it was in June 99 I visited and it's now 2 Oct 99. I live in Florida. However, it's at the beginning of Umpqua Nat'l Forest. The trail is right at the beginning of the Forest area with signage.
Trail Length
5.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eugene
   


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Review Date
August 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ThickRichard ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think this trail is tough - year round.

I ride the 5.5 mile section often - both "up and back". It is nice to continue up the "chaparrel creek" road for a while - the river and forest remains fabulous the entire way.

I don't get to see any of the creek while on the trail. If I loose focus for a second, I could hurt myself. Starting at the bottom, riding the 5.5 miles up, there are about 5 places that are beyond my ability - or, at least, beyond my daring. I have to walk my bike.

There are very rocky spots where the rocks are sharp! There are roots that can stop me dead in my track. There are cliffs with at least a 50 foot drop only a few feet away.

Still - I ride this trail all the time because the forest and creek are beautiful. Huge old growth Oregon forest. And, you sometimes can not tell where the water starts and stops - it is so clear. (Please remember, stop riding to look at the water - this train is dangerous!)

Recommended Route:
Start at the first bridge below the first campsite. Ride up. Get to the Chaparrel Creek road, turn around and ride back. About 11 technical miles. (Make it as far as you like by continuing up the Chaparrel road.)

You can bail at either camp and get back on the road. Riding up can still be tough but much more serene than the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Loraine dirt trails are wonderful! More than 25 miles of trails through the hills.



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Review Date
March 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Thewman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is very versatile. It follows the beautiful Brice Creek for about 5.5 miles and ends up ducking behind a nice waterfall at the top of the loop. The ride in total is about 14 miles. If you choose to ride the trail without the steep loop towards the end (the funnest yet most grueling part) you can turn around and make it an easy 11 or 12 mile gig. You will reach a small paved road after the first six miles or so. You can reconnect to the waterfall loop by riding up the paved road for about 50 feet.

This trail is rideable pretty much all year although during winter watch out for missing sections of trail, as it is situated in a temperate rain forest. It does tend to get muddy spots, and also towards the top you will sometimes find snow. Be prepared as always, it seems like a walk in the park until you get to the last part where you climb switchbacks up to the waterfall - this part will kill unsuspecting prey.

Recommended Route:
I would contact Pauls Bike shop or Collins Cylces in Eugene in order to get directions and tips on getting to the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you like downhill or freeriding, try the Crawfish trail. The boys at Collins Cycle shop know all about it. It is a little hard to find but worth it.



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