E-bikes NOT allowed on Southfork
Southfork is known for being a fast and technical descent and has become a favorite downhill route for many locals (dropping over 1100′ in 3 miles). It is a popular 2-way trail so watch out for climbers and hikers and be ready to yield. The creek along the route is very pretty – but the mosquitoes will make you pay for stopping.
Half way down the trail you will cross a large log bridge, which is rideable, but take caution and don’t push the envelope. More than a few have fallen into the creek at this spot. If you decide to ride it, look ahead and don’t stop pedaling until you’re on the other side. Novice riders should walk it.
The lower half of the trail is a little less steep than the top half, but the trail is just as rowdy with lots of rocks and roots.
Southfork was built originally as a ski trail. This provides the wide switchbacks and long straight aways with nothing overly steep. Southfork (in the USFS inventory anyway) begins at the log crossing half way down the trail and continues all the way to Tumalo Falls. Maps and Strava have acted to change this fact – and now the trail is just called Southfork from the top to intersection with the Swampy Loop down to Tumalo Creek Trail.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.