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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Recreation

Alsea Falls Trail System

Salem District  |  OR

Season Dates:  1/1 - 12/31

Fees:  none

Beginning May 16, 2016, portions of the Fall Creek Mountain Bike Trail System, which is part of the Alsea Falls Recreation Area, will temporarily close to ensure the safety of the public during active timber operations. The temporary closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays. See Alternative Route Map link to the left. The entire Fall Creek Mountain Bike Trail System will be open to hiking and biking on Saturdays and Sundays.

The BLM and local partners have constructed a new non-motorized trail system along the South Fork Alsea Back Country Byway in the Oregon Coast Range. The system is open for public use.

Thanks to Nate Pfeifer of the Wheels and Water blog for the fantastic photos!

What to Expect

The Alsea Falls Trail System offers a connected network of roads and trails that currently provides a range of trips for hikers and mountain bikers. All trails are located between 800' and 1900' elevation, in a second growth forest surrounding Fall Creek, a tributary of the South Fork Alsea River. Due to limited parking capacity and trail connectivity, the trail system is not available for equestrian users at this time. Improved facilities and multi-use connectors are planned. The system is closed to equestrians and motorized vehicles.

This system is mountain-bike specific, single track, downhill flow style system that has 6.5 miles of forested adventure for all skill levels. The inspiration for the Alsea Falls Trail System design came from the internationally known and popular Sandy Ridge Trail System. The system includes two mountain bike "flow" trails that incorporate new trail design and construction techniques. Flow trails maximize the fun of mountain biking by combining features like rolling terrain and banked turns. Within the Alsea Falls Trail System, trails are directional and recommended for downhill travel only. Mountain bikers can access these trails by climbing 3.5 miles from the Fall Creek Trailhead on the paved Fall Creek Road, or, on a combination of singletrack and gravel roads. For more information call the Salem District BLM office, 503-375-5646.

All trails are rated by difficulty - download the Alsea Falls Trail System map for additional information.

Our Partners

Phase one of the system is being constructed with the help of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Northwest Youth Corps and local mountain bicycling club Team Dirt. The club has contributed more than 1500 volunteer hours to this project in 2013 and 2014. Construction of the system was identified in BLM's Alsea Falls Recreation Area Management Plan, completed in 2013. In total, phase one of the project calls for 10 to 12 miles of natural surface trails. For more information on the Alsea Falls Recreation Area Management Plan, click the link to the right.

Special Recreation Permitted Events

The Alsea Falls trails are becoming more popular for mountain biking and trail running events. Events will be posted on this site and the Alsea Falls Recreation Area site as they are scheduled.

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Additional Information:

No Motorized Vehicles
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No Equestrian
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Surface
Natural Surface
Trail Length
6 miles total

Activities:

HikingMountain Biking

Facilities:

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Directions:

East access: From Corvallis, take Hwy 99W south 15 miles. Turn west on Alpine Road and drive to the town of Alpine. Continue along Alpine Road 9 miles to Alsea Falls Campground. Just past campground, turn left on Fall Creek Road.

West access: travel Hwy 34 south from Philomath to the town Alsea. Turn south, travel on Alsea Deadwood Hwy 1 mile to the South Fork Road which then connects with the South Fork Alsea Access Road. Just past the Alsea Falls picnic area, turn right on paved Fall Creek Road.

Contact Information

1717 Fabry Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97306
503-375-5646

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