The Middle Fork trail is an all-day epic ride that spans over 30 miles starting at Timponogas Lake and ending at the Sand Prairie Campground outside of Oakridge. The segment highlighted on this map is 6 miles. The trail starts out at 5400′ and is rocky, steep and rooty right out of the gate. As you descend, the trail becomes a bit more flowy and rolling with some tough hill climbs along the way. Similar to the Umpqua and McKenzie River trails, you’ll climb up and down the sides of the Willamette River canyon and accumulate a lot of altitude along the way.
Because it’s so remote, plan to bring extra food and water, and expect that you won’t have any cell coverage along the way. In the upper elevations the summer mosquitos can be really bad, so plan for that also.
As you near the end of the trail you’ll cross some roads and bridges which can make the trail hard to follow so check the map, and keep heading down hill to the finish.