Share:

North Fork Trail

Willamette Foothills, Oregon

Start Exploring
North Fork Trail

Share:

Advertisement
  • The Office Covered Bridge at the trailhead is the longest in Oregon.- North Fork Trail
  • One of the Class III rapids along the trail.- North Fork Trail
  • One of the more technical sections of North Fork Trail.- North Fork Trail
  • The North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.- North Fork Trail
  • Licorice fern  (Polypodium glycyrrhiza).- North Fork Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic riverside trail. Mostly smooth singletrack.
Cons: 
Poison oak.
Advertisement
Region:
Willamette Foothills, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,094.00 ft (333.45 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Contributor

North Fork Trail is a winter standby for riders in the southern Willamette Valley area. It is also popular in the summer as part of the full Alpine Trail, an all day challenge that is one of the signature rides in the area. This there-and-back jaunt along the north bank of the North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River holds up well to rain and rarely receives the snow that shuts down much of the other Oakridge area riding in the winter. The narrow singletrack, rushing river, and gorgeous forest all vie for your attention on this fun beginner to intermediate trail.

The ride starts on the north side of Office Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon. It was built in 1945 by the Westfir Lumber Company to handle log and lumber trucks servicing the large mill pond and mill that used to employ much of the local company town, Westfir. The timber company's headquarters at the south end of the bridge is now a bed and breakfast. Office Bridge is also the only covered bridge east of the Mississippi that has a separate pedestrian walkway.

The trail stays within sight of the river as it twists upstream. The first mile is the most technical, with steep rocky sections and some exposure. However, the trail tread eventually smooths out and allows for higher speeds. All too soon the upstream trailhead at Forest Road 1910 appears. Before turning around for the ride back, take a minute to ride out to the bridge for a nice view downstream. 

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Map

Field Guide + Map

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(27 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(92 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
16 Members
Who's Done It
6 Members
Submission by
Contributor
91 Adventures Explored
75 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info