Sandy Ridge Trail System
Located 15 miles southwest of Corvallis, the Alsea Falls Recreation Area was previously known for 20-30 percent graded hiking trails that were no walk in the park. For mountain bikers, there were some rough descending options and a painful climb to access it.
To remedy the situation the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) turned to IMBA’s Trail Solutions program to make a new network for riders of all levels and disciplines. Volunteers arrived from all over the area, and everyone worked together to create fun loops full of flow and features.
Climbers are going to love the three-mile singletrack to the top and the gravity crowd will appreciate asphalt access for pushing up. The figure-8 shape has got a black diamond section — completely built by local volunteers, with Eric Emerson and Mike Ripley of Team Dirt leading the charge — featuring chundery, technical, rooty, hand-cut singletrack. Trail Solutions’ Jason Wells stepped in to do machine work elsewhere in the system, while the Team Dirt volunteers eagerly took care of the finishing touches, hand packed berms and rollers, and even added a couple of double options.
Total mileage is 12.5, with just over 1,850 miles of elevation loss and gain.