The Alpine Trail Crew Association was formed in 2017 and “officialized” in January of 2018 as a non-profit trails organization addressing the imminent need for more volunteer leadership on trails systems in the northeast side of the Middle Fork Willamette District. “While our main focus area is the Alpine and North Fork trail systems, we work wherever the Forest Service needs more volunteer leaders in the greater Middle Fork Willamette District,” says McPharlin. “Our mission is to preserve and protect the Alpine Trail system and trails throughout the Willamette National Forest, for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts, while also educating future trail stewards on sustainable trail building and maintenance techniques.” McPharlin is working toward her B Sawyer certification and sits on the steering committee for the Middle Fork Willamette 20-year Trails Plan.McPharlin’s role in the organization is to coordinate communications and work parties and assist in community engagement programming, grant writing, and other fundraising procedures to raise the resources needed to maintain great user experiences on the Middle Fork Trail System. Check the Facebook page for other work parties with Alpine Trail Crew Association.
Oakridge Trail Runs
Check with the Middle Fork Ranger District for the trail status of the Oakridge trails.
Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492
A couple of popular loops in Oakridge are:
Larison Rock Loop – This loop is 12 miles with 3200′ of ascent that starts from Greenwaters Park on the Southeast side of town.
Dead Mountain and Salmon Creek Trail – An out and back on Dead Mountain Trail is 13 miles and 3000 of ascent. Add the Salmon Creek Trail for 7 more miles.
ATCA Loop– This 25-mile loop features the Alpine, Tire Mountain, and Cloverpatch trails. The Alpine Trail is the “Crown Jewel” of the Oakridge area, offering sweet singletrack and plenty of fun ascents and descents, and spectacular vistas of Cascades.
Oakridge Trail Races
Waldo 100k – One of the oldest trail races in Oregon, this race starts and finishes at Willamette Ski Pass. It features many trails in the area and the Pacific Crest Trail around Rosary Lakes. The feature climb is the 3.5-mile, 3000′ summit to Maiden Peak. Mt. Fuji and the Twins are also part of the 11,000 feet of total ascent. The race is put on as a 501c benefit for Willamette Pass Ski Patrol by Rainshadow Running. See the Waldo 2019 100k race report for more.
Kalapuya Crest 50 mile– This race from Daybreak Racing starts from nearby Crescent Lake. It runs 0n old trails in the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area that stretch across the Pacific Crest of the Cascades into the Calapooya Range, forming the west’s geographic and cultural boundaries, south and eastern regions of the state.
Hardesty Hardcore – Level 32’s 14 and 5.5-mile trail races in the Hardesty Mountain Trail System.
Elijah Bristow 24 hour Trail Run– A 24-hour loop race in the Pleasant Hill/Dexter area between Eugene and Oakridge that benefits the Eugene to Crest Trail.
Bristow Trail Runs– 50k, 25k, 10-mile, and 5-mile trail races on the 5.2 mile Bristow trail loop from Level 32 Racing.