Middle Fork Willamette Tr3609

3D view of Middle Fork Willamette Trail #3609

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 4

Technical: 4

Steepness: 3

Flow: 8

Singletrack: 100%

Middle Fork Willamette Tr3609 is a fast river ride, but at 33mi, it is long enough to split up into several rides.




Avg: 20.5mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:1900'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 3hr






View of Switchback Descent from FR353

As with any river ride, expect some sections to be washed out, especially in the Spring. As of July 2012 the section between Indigo Springs intersection and FR393 was washed out and unrideable. The Paddy's Valley burn area is also prone to trail damage so be sure to check with the forest service or local bike shops to get the current trail condition.

The trail crosses many unbridged creeks which feed the Middle Fork Willamette, so this a dry weather, summertime ride.

The first 20mi are at an easy 3% grade, with a lot of hillside traverse and some pathfinding may be needed.

FR21 and the local fireroads can serve as connectors for any washed out sections.

The Sand Prairie campground to Campers Flat campground section is the most popular and best suited for those seeking an easier river ride. The Campers Flat CG to Sacandaga CG section is a technical intermediate ride.


Campers Flat to Indigo Springs OAB


The next 10mi of the trail extends the ride to Indigo Springs campground, but is more likely to experience springtime trail damage.

This section of the trail includes a minor ascent near Sanadaga campground, but is otherwise still about a 3% grade.

In addition to ascending from the Indigo campground to Indigo Lake, nearby Youngs Rock Tr3685 can be added to the first section of Middle Fork Willamette Tr3609, into one tough lollipop ride.

Those seeking a more challenging river ride could look south, to the Umpqua River Trail Dread and Terror segment.

To the north, the Bunch Grass Tr3559 section of the Eugene to Crest Trail offers a similarly long ridgeline ride option.

Paddy's Valley burn area

Indigo Springs to Indigo Lake OAB

The 12.5mi section from Indigo Springs campground to Indigo Lake is more challenging, with 7mi of 4% grade followed by a 5.5mi ascent to Timpanogas Lake, then to Indigo Lake, over an 8% to 10% grade. Of course, FR2154 also makes this a perfect shuttle opportunity..

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Middle Fork Willamette Trail #3609 Topo Map

OAB Directions

Sand Prairie to Campers Flat OAB

Middle Fork Willamette Area Topo Map

  • TH: Ride from the south end of the Sand Prairie campground to the gate, then continue on FR017 to the trail (bear right). Cross FR016, then cross the Buck Creek bridge at .6mi. Go around a bend, ride alongside Cone Creek, then cross FR151 at 1.7mi.
  • 2.6mi: Cross FR156, then bear left, cross Estep Falls Creek, then approach FR21 several times over the next .5mi. Ride alongside then cross Pine Creek, then cross FR022 at 3.9mi.
  • 5.2mi: Ride alongside FR21 then ride across the river on FR2127. Parallel FR2125 while crossing FR029, then cross FR032 at 5.9mi.
  • 6mi: The next 2mi of the trail is a little more technical, clinging to the hillside next to the river, with some short climbs over rocky and rooty terrain. Pass Secret campground (across the river) at 7.6mi, just after crossing Indian Creek.
  • 9.2mi: Cross Coal Creek, then turn around at FR2133 at 9.4mi, with an option of taking on Youngs Rock Tr3685 or more of Middle Fork Willamette Tr3609.



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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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