This ride was featured on day 4 of the 2016 Trans-Cascadia Mountain Bike Race, a 22 mile single-track loop with an intense backcountry feel. We’ll be riding the Ollalie, O’leary, Kings Castle Loop… and the potential for a secret bonus loop. We start our day with a shuttle to Horsepasture Mountain Trail Head where we hop on beautiful ridgeline singletrack for a good part of our day, with fun little descents and popper climbs to keep you happy. We eventually make our way to McDuff Mountain where we find ourselves eating lunch at the tippy top overlooking a huge 2,500 foot decent in front of us. We saddle up and make our way down this massive descent to castle rock trail that provides a nice traverse over to our final descent of the day down Kings Castle. Kings Castle is a long and playful decent down to the bottom of the valley floor. Before you leave the McKenzie River Valley, don’t forget to check out the Blue Pools, the Hot Springs and if you’re staying in the area, hit up our friends Gary and Alyssa at the Horse Creek Lodge. They have a beautiful property with cozy cottages, room to park the van, tent camp, or find a nice hot outdoor shower.
Estimated Mileage: 16 Miles
Day Trip Includes:
- Professional Guides
- A Mountain Bike Adventure
McKenzie Bridge, OR : McKenzie General Store
Shuttle Departure : 10:30 AM
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
with the McKenzie River Complex
When we found this place, we were blown away by how remote the riding felt and how under ridden the trails were. This is one of those networks that is far off the beaten path, but definitely one of Oregon’s best networks. Most come here for the McKenzie River Trail proper, which is great, but it’s also river trail. The Olallie, O’Leary, Castle Rock, Kings Castle Loop is a great big mountain ride that has you riding on the ridge and amongst the heart of the Willamette National Forest. The Race came here in 2016, and in 2017, if you haven’t been here, we’d suggest putting this on your TO DO list.