If you are a cyclist you will love riding in and around Ashland. Ashland’s passionate cycling culture welcomes you with a dynamic variety of trails and resources for mountain bikers, trail riders, road riders, families and adventure cyclists. From the paved Bear Creek Greenway that extends from Ashland to Central Point, to the newly designated Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway that climbs over 5,000’ in elevation and the trails in the Ashland Watershed, Ashland welcomes riders of all ages. This Scenic Bikeway is the first so designated in Southern Oregon and one of 15 in Oregon. See below for more information. There are many cycling events to take part in. The Spring Thaw is one of Oregon’s largest mountain bike events that takes place every May here in Ashland. In addition, the Up and Down Ashland bike ride is an annual event that showcases the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway each July. Check out Travel Southern Oregon’s regional cycling events: http://www.southernoregon.org/cycling-road-rides
There is a large selection of bike shops for new and used bikes, rentals and supplies. Bike maps and information are also provided by outfitters and in addition can be found on the City of Ashland’s website. Or request an Ashland Map Guide.
For the pavement rider, the Bear Creek Greenway offers twenty-six miles of continuous paved trail path between Ashland and Central Point. There is a wealth of low traffic roads that wind in (and out and up and down) throughout the Ashland area, making Ashland a great place to start and end your road rides. See below for ride description. The Siskiyou Velo Club is the largest and most active bicycling club in Southern Oregon. Club activities include year round organized group rides for road riders at various speeds and distances. See siskiyouvelo.org for up-to-date listings. Ashland is also home to the United Bicycle Institute, the biking industry’s leading technical school in bicycle mechanics, certification and frame building.
For rides and trails statewide, visit www.rideoregonride.com or www.ridewithGPS.com
For Bike Friendly Businesses in Ashland go to www.rideoregonride.com
Check out Ashland’s mountain biking in this Travel Oregon video: http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/oregon-stories/ride-the-mountain-bike-trails-of-ashland/
Bike the Bear Creek Greenway – In Ashland, one can ride from Tolman Creek to A Street with great valley views. The Bear Creek Greenway is a 26-mile, paved, multi-use path that links the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The Greenway is continuous from the Ashland Dog Park to the Dean Creek Frontage Road near Seven Oaks Interchange on I-5, north of Central Point. The Greenway provides a separated route from cars, with only two at-grade road crossings. The trail parallels I-5, Highway 99, and Bear Creek, and provides Rogue Valley residents and visitors to the area a close-in spot for bird watching and wildlife viewing, as well as exercise and general recreation. Parks along the route provide parking, restrooms, and drinking water.
Follow the sharrow – Providing multi-modal transportation options is important to Ashland. Many roads throughout Ashland provide bike lanes and shared lanes for bikes and cars designated by sharrows.
The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway is the first designated Scenic Bikeway in Southern Oregon to join the 14 other Scenic Bikeways around the state of Oregon. It is an extreme ride for experienced adventure cyclists. For more details go to www.rideoregonride.com or www.ridewithgps.com. With the elevation in the winter, the roads are could be snow covered; for conditions go to www.tripcheck.com. Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic, such as this one. Although the Bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most are designated for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic.
Enjoy the Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway Video here...
Cycling the Scenic Bikeway: The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway incorporates 5,100 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah into fir forests, showcasing the ecologically diverse ecosystem of the region. The 55-mile Scenic Bikeway starts in Ashland and the route skirts the edges of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument along the way, a region so ecologically significant that 62,000 acres of it is so designated.
The route climbs oak-dotted mountainsides with views of the Rogue Valley and of Pilot Rock, a 25- million-year-old volcanic plug, standing over the valley on the Siskiyou Pass. In the spring wildflowers and red-tailed hawks can be spotted. Above the oak savannah, the Bikeway enters the Cascades ecosystem, with tall pines and Douglas firs providing welcome shade on the way to the 4,551’ Greensprings Summit. Riders can opt for a 5-mile out-and-back to historic Tub Springs State Wayside, where they can fill water bottles from a cold, pure mountain spring, just as emigrants traveling the Applegate Trail did in the 1800’s. Tub Springs is open year round and has restrooms.
Near Hyatt Reservoir you’ll see views of the 9,000’ Mt. McLoughlin, with glimpses of osprey and bald eagles nesting. Nearing the top Dead Indian Memorial summit, there is one final 3-mile climb through the wildflower-covered alpine meadows of Buck Prairie before a dramatic, winding 13-mile descent back to Ashland.
Bike campers can plan a two-day adventure by staying at one of the campgrounds near Hyatt or Howard Prairie Lakes.
For a shorter ride, many cyclists enjoy riding up the 3,000 feet to the Greensprings Inn for a meal and returning by the same route which is a 35-mile ride round trip.