Alpine Tr3450

3D view of Alpine Trail #3450

Overall: 10

Aerobic: 8

Technical: 7

Steepness: 7

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 50%

There are several ways to experience the epic Alpine Tr3450 ridgeline trail, depending on ride and climbing preferences. Ascending FR1910 to create an Alpine loop may not seem very epic to some people.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 19.5mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:1200'
Avg Ascent:5600'

Ascent Incline

11%

Duration

Avg: 5hr

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View of Willamette NF Alpine Trail 3450 near Buckhead Mountain

The southern Alpine terrain is also part of the Tire Mtn Tr3485 and Cloverpatch Tr3457 CCW Loop.

Forest roads create mid and northern Alpine Tr3450 access points.

The initial 1mi ascent is a 19% grade (followed by a 10% incline over 5.5mi), but strong climbers might be able to hike-a-bike the first mile and climb the rest. Beware: Consider that virtually all of the traffic flow is North to South, and that the steepest sections of the trail have loose conditions due to all the high speed downhill traffic.

From the west, Alpine Tr3450 can also be accessed from the 3.5mi (17% ascent) Gold Point Tr3468, although that approach is too steep for most riders.

FR5828 OAB: A better OAB option is to drive 1.6mi from the Alpine North Fork THView of the Alpine North Fork TH
View of the Alpine North Fork TH
, towards Lookout Point Lake on FR5821, then go right on FR5828 for 3.8mi. This avoids the last 1.5mi of Alpine Tr3450, resulting in a 37.5mi (9700' ascent) epic OAB ride.

 

Northern approach: A moderate 29mi (7200' ascent) OAB option is to start from the Alpine FR1835 THView of the Alpine FR1835 TH
View of the Alpine FR1835 TH
, using FR18/FR1835, with a Windy Pass or Tire Mountain Tr3485 intersection turnaround (just prior to the southern descent).

The steepest incline is 7%, on the Sourgrass Mountain ascent from MP5 to MP9.

FR1910-Alpine CCW Loop: Although a popular loop option, the FR1910 8mi road climb option involves climbing 4500' over an uneven 10% grade, and so is not much easier than simply climbing/hiking Alpine.

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View of Sourgrass Mountain summit Alpine Trail #3450 Topo Map

Loop Directions

FR1910 road climb

Alpine Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the FR5821 parking area, cross the covered bridge and go left on FR19 to FR1910. North Fork Tr3666 is designated hiker-only.
  • 2.8mi: Go left onto FR1910 and climb 8mi to Alpine Tr3450 at Windy Pass. Option: continue 3.2mi on FR1912 from Windy Pass to the TH which is just north of Sourgrass Mountain.
  • 8.1mi: Bear right at the FR683 intersection.
  • 10.7mi: Go left onto Alpine Tr3450.
  • 12.1mi: Tire Mountain Tr3485 intersection. View of Tire Mountain intersection
  • 13.6mi: Cross FR683 and pass the Buckhead Shelter on the left.
  • 15.6mi: Trail parallels then crosses FR5828.
  • 17.9mi: Partway down the steep descent to FR5821, go sharply back to the left on the connector trail, which leads back to North Fork Tr3666, then back to the TH.

 

 

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Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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