Alpine is definitely the most famous trail in Oakridge — and with 13 miles of mostly downhill to the valley floor, it’s easy to see why. Commonly ridden as a shuttle via NF-1912 to “Kate’s Cut In”. Alpine isn’t a true DH trail — with over 2500′ feet of climbing, it rides more like an enduro or XC trail.
The top-most sections of Alpine stay under the snow until early early summer, so it’s usually ridden as an out-and-back to the snow line until it melts out. There are several places where forest roads and the trail intersect, making for some good early-season riding options.
Narrow, twisty, and tight as it winds through meadows and deep green forests, the trail occasionally reveals sweeping views of the Oregon landscape. Like many trails in Oakridge it’s cross-cut along some very steep terrain with a lot of exposure on the downhill side so staying focused on the trail instead of the views is important. Highlights of this trail are the Bunchgrass meadows and the Jedi section of the trail.