Medford, Oregon, is quickly becoming a mountain biking hub, drawing both local and out-of-state riders to its wealth of multi-level trail systems. Southern Oregon boasts terrain for everyone, including the tricky and technical for more advanced riders, flat and smooth rollers for the weekend family, and everything in between. Just across the border of Northern California, it checks all the biking boxes: pristine, forested mountains, a mild climate, vast trail systems and a hip, post-ride food, beer and wine scene. Whether you’re a Beaver or Duck fan, here are just a few popular biking spots for those new to the Medford-Ashland area.
Prescott Roxy Ann Park
Just a quick 15-minute car ride east from Medford lies Prescott Roxy Ann Park, a trail network that spans across 1,740 acres of mountain glory. Ranging from green to black in difficulty, Prescott Park is attainable for riders of all skill levels. Check out Greenhorn for a 1-mile, flat-and-easy venture through the trees. Or if the crew is up for a bigger challenge, head up Ponderosa, an intermediate singletrack close to downtown affording breathtaking glimpses of Mount McLoughlin along the way. The park attracts advanced riders, too; many of whom cherish Rock and Roll, a popular “difficult”-rated singletrack route known for its bumpy rock gardens and tight, bermed switchbacks. More info: mtbproject.com
Jacksonville Woodlands and Forest Park
A short 10 minutes the opposite direction (west) from downtown Medford, is yet another prime mountain biking spot: the Jacksonville Woodlands and Forest Park, home to trail systems designed for a wide range of riders. It’s connected to the larger Britt Woods trail network via the Britt Canyon Trail, an easy, half-mile woodlands path that’s ideal for families and perfect for lunch-break rides or all-day outings on the weekend. Try the Halls of Manzanita, a 3-mile, out-and-back trail known for its gorgeous views and wildflowers. Looking for a longer ride? Just down Jacksonville Reservoir Road lies Jacksonville Forest Park trail, a 10.4-mile loop connecting trails throughout the park, offering the ability to customize your route. With plenty of parking available along the main trailheads, this Oregon trail system makes others green with envy. More info: trailforks.com
Sterling Mine Ditch Trail System
This system was originally built to deliver water from Little Applegate River to Sterlingville during the Oregon Goldrush. Now it delivers mountain bikers. Primarily a singletrack out-and-back, with several loops turning off at various points along the way, the multi-use Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is a dog-friendly, 30.7-mile trail open to both hikers and bikers. With a few steep pitches, occasional ruts in the track, and narrow passages through the trees that can hook your handlebars, it’s rated an intermediate “Blue” level; not too hard, but not too easy. Don’t want to go the whole way? The Tunnel Ridge Loop off of Bear River Gulch is a 3-mile trail that returns back to the main loop. Local tip: Bring enough water and avoid the poison oak that lines certain sections of the trail. More info: mtbproject.com