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Oakridge Area (OR) Silver-level

Photo by Anna Laxague.

The Oakridge Area Ride Center embodies the notion that the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. “It’s an incredible place to ride — not just because of the gorgeous trails but because the entire community strives for excellence,”says Anna Laxague, IMBA’s Regional Director.

Visitors get a palpable sense of the love that Oakridge and Westfir have poured into creating a successful mountain bike destination, with amenities like easily accessible trail maps and smartly designed parking areas contributing to the rider-friendly feel. Of course, none of this happened by accident. “The Oakridge-area communities consciously decided to change from being driven by the timber industry to a recreation economy,” says Laxague. They enlisted the support of political leaders like Congressman Peter Defazio and Senator Ron Wyden — both of whom have been spotted enjoying the trails.

Beyond the inspiring backstory, the riding ranges from adventurous trail rides to close-to-town loops, as well as the Diamond Park dirt jumps and pumptrack. “With the addition of more purpose-built trails and stronger options for freeriding, I’m betting they’ll be ready for gold status in short order,” says Laxague.

Visit the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards for more info.

Once a year, IMBA recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations with the IMBA Model Trail awards. The goal of this program — which encompasses Epics, Flow Trails, Gateway Trails and Ride Centers — is to inspire and inform, so that we can all have more great places to ride.

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