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Southfork Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
3.2 miles
Elevation
1136'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Heidi Faller November 5, 2016 at 2:14 pmReally good dirt today, no snow.
  • Nathan Weisz October 23, 2016 at 8:18 pmOne large tree down at the bottom of SF. Otherwise no snow.
  • Bruce Bradshaw October 16, 2016 at 4:37 pmNew shelter is already built on the south side of Swampy Lakes.
  • Jeff Gully October 15, 2016 at 11:16 amapparently a new location... read more...
  • Nathan Weisz October 15, 2016 at 9:01 amNew shelter?? Am I blind?! Ha! Are they planning on building one or its already built in another location? I agree, could be a fun celebration!
  • Joe Myers October 14, 2016 at 7:41 amThey plan to burn it since there is a new shelter now. That could be a fun celebration in the snow. :)
  • Nathan Weisz October 14, 2016 at 7:06 amAnyone know why the Swampy shelter is stuffed full of tree limb cuttings???
 

Trail Description

The Southfork Trail follows the South Fork of Tumalo Creek. The upper end (south) is the Swampy Lakes shelter and loop. The lower end (north) connects to Tumalo Creek Trail.

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 2-way trail, but only the spandex crowd will be found climbing this trail. The creek along the route is very pretty – but most people don’t take the time to check it out. You are either traveling too fast, or the mosquitos 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.

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Trail Reports » Southfork

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  1. Heidi Faller says:

    Really good dirt today, no snow.

  2. Nathan Weisz says:

    One large tree down at the bottom of SF. Otherwise no snow.

  3. Nathan Weisz says:

    Anyone know why the Swampy shelter is stuffed full of tree limb cuttings???

    1. Joe Myers says:

      They plan to burn it since there is a new shelter now. That could be a fun celebration in the snow. :)

      1. Nathan Weisz says:

        New shelter?? Am I blind?! Ha! Are they planning on building one or its already built in another location?

        I agree, could be a fun celebration!

        1. Jeff Gully says:

          apparently a new location… read more…

          1. Bruce Bradshaw says:

            New shelter is already built on the south side of Swampy Lakes.

  4. Paula Churchill says:

    Rode South Fork today and it’s riding well despite the numerous braking bumps. Recent rain means no dust, just a bit chilly.

  5. Rob Lindberg says:

    Descended Southfork last night (7/12/16) just before dark and it was riding great. Yes a bit loose and chunky with moon dust in a few corners… but that’s how we roll this time of year. :)

  6. Ryan McHugh says:

    Free of deadfall and snow! Good riding right now with recent moisture.

  7. Kevin Donnelly says:

    Southfork, how you can be snowy and dusty at the same time is beyond me. This trail needs some tlc.

  8. Joe Myers says:

    Bill and I cleared 20 trees his morning and the trail is now open. Still snow patches and a section of trail missing down low.

    1. Ryan Pedersen says:

      Joe/Bill – Rode yesterday, great job on the deadfall! Anyone planning to ride through the washed out trail just be advised that the dirt is extremely loosy goosy. I added a few logs and rocks to shore it up but still needs lots of work. Definitely passable for intermediate riders but take caution.

  9. Joe Myers says:

    Cleared most of Southfork with Lev, Dan, Erika yesterday. Left about 30 trees on the top between about .25-.5 miles from shelter. Several large snow field and many more small snow patches once up past the bridge. One section of trail has been uprooted down low and will need shoring up.

  10. Joe Myers says:

    South Fork trail is spotty snow for bottom ½ mile or so, then a pile of snow above that. FS cleared the bottom ¼ – ½ mile but suspect there remains heavy downfall lurking beneath the snow, including a 28” tree that’s on the bridge that takes you toward Swampy. Apparently the bridge was not damaged.

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