Alsea Falls Trail System
Salem District | OR
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
South Fork Alsea Byway Intermittent Closures during September
The South Fork Alsea Backcountry Byway, which connects the towns of Monroe and Alsea, will be closed to traffic intermittently during the month of September. These closures are needed to replace a number of failing culverts along the road.
September 8-12: The road between the town of Alsea and Alsea Falls Recreation Site will be closed. Visitors to the Alsea Falls Recreation Area can access the area via the South Fork Byway Road through Alpine. The road will reopen by 5:00 pm on September 12.
September 15-19: Visitors should expect short (less than 20 minutes) delays along the South Fork Alsea Byway Road.
September 22-26: The road will be closed 8 miles west of Alpine. Visitors to the Alsea Recreation Area will need to use Highway 34 through Alsea to access the recreation area. The road will be reopened by 5:00 pm on September 26.
For much of September, visitors should drive the road with caution as there will be heavy equipment in the area and short stretches of gravel as the culverts are replaced.
The BLM and local partners are constructing a new non-motorized trail system along the South Fork Alsea Back Country Byway in the Oregon Coast Range. The system opens for public use for the first time on June 22, 2014. Phase one of development includes nearly 6 miles of natural surface trail.
Thanks to Nate Pfeifer of the Wheels and Water blog for the fantastic photos!
What to Expect
The 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 motorized vehicles.
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. At Alsea Falls, these trails are directional and are 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.
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.Alsea Falls
The South Fork Alsea River Back Country Byway connects the communities of Alpine and Alsea, offering a scenic and less hurried route between the Willamette Valley and the coast. The Alsea Falls Recreation Site and trail system can be accessed from either direction by Highways 34 and 99. The system is conveniently located next to Alsea Falls Recreation Site, a beautiful camping and day use facility with 16 first-come, first-served campsites and 22 picnic sites.
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.