Here in Ashland we are fortunate to live at the base of the 7,533 foot tall Mount Ashland. Mount A is home to a phenomenal network of singletrack trails as well as old fire roads that allow for endless exploration. The mountain biking community of the area has worked very hard to build strong relationships with land managers and different trail user groups, which has enabled us to perform regular trail maintenance to keep the trails smooth, fast and fun! We hope you’ll enjoy 5,000 foot singletrack descent from the top of the mountain as much as we do! Here’s a little info on a few of our best trails to give you an idea of the riding you’ll get to do in Ashland!
From the top of the mountain down we have:
Time Warp - (Advanced)
This is the Crown Jewel of Mt. Ashland! With 2500′ of vertical descent and numerous challenges, such as log off’s and rock off’s, this one is not for the beginner level rider. With lots of rocks and very high speeds in the first mile of this 3 mile long trail, tire selection can make or break the ride (lot’s of pinch flats) The lower half of this trail has large sweeping berms and a couple of drops and doubles near the end of the trail. Guaranteed to be 10-15 min of the best riding you may ever do!
~ Check out the video: Timewarp ~
Bull Gap Trail – (Intermediate)
The Bull Gap trail starts just below the Mt. Ashland ski resort on a fast fireroad that is the beginning of the trail system from the top. It quickly turns to double-track then single-track. Beautiful trees and views surround you as you make the subtle turns and swoops. Descending quickly and not without skillfully manuevering through small rocks and jumps. The next section is a gradual 10 minute climb to more spectacular views and another fantastic single track. It traverses more technically through a forest with plenty of switchbacks and drop-offs. The next section is in a greenbelt meadowy location screaming fast and flowy. Aprox. 4.5 miles in length.
East Side Trails:
Cat Walk – (Intermediate/Advanced)
Elevation: 4300 ft.
This is part of the course for the Spring Thaw DH and is fast with a technical rock garden right out of the start that continues on for a mile and a half of jumps and hair-pin corners. It starts from the middle of the mountain at one of our shuttle drop off points, Four Corners.
Toothpick – (Beginner)
Elevation: 3500 ft.
This is a wide single track that ungulates for .8 of a mile and connect’s Cat Walk trail with all the lower trails.
White Rabbit – (Intermediate/Advanced)
A steep flowy single track with several hair-pin corners and a short steep climb in the middle that again decends into rocky and rutted single track with rail road tie water bars! This trail will keep you on your game. It comes out on Park st. on the east end of town near our shop.
Caterpillar – (Intermediate)
Smooth, slightly ascending, then descending single track connecting White Rabbit to Toothpick. Aprox. 1 mile in length
Alice in Wounderland - (Beginner)
Alice is a short trail connecting White Rabbit to BTI, it is fairly flat with 2 sets of big bowled corners!
BTI – (Intermediate)
Groomed, with Jumps and berms, Switchback some Rocks. Aprox. 1.25 miles Connecting Alice and Wonderland to Ashland Loop Rd and finishes at Lithia Parks Reservoir complete with a rope swing for those hotter days of summer! This is a super fun single track that is favorite of locals.
West Side Trails:
Horn Gap trail – (Intermediate)
This is a tight, swooping singletrack in the pines. It’s very smooth, the flow is incredible, and due to its location it’s seldom ridden. It is short in length, about a mile and dumps onto the horn gap rd. that then intersects the 2060 road.
~ Check out the video: Horn Gap ~
Hitt Road - (Beginner/Intermediate)
Hitt Road trail is an over grown, washed out fire road that makes for a hoot on a mountain bike! Tobogan type ruts with knee high water bars will have you rushing back to the top for another go at it and it dumps you right into Lithia Park. Aprox. 4 miles in length.