Huck & Heidi

5 Star Route

Oakridge is a quirky little town famous with road cyclists who love the Aufderheide Scenic Byway road, a 67-mile river hugger that many do as a point to point. Mountain bikers also flock to Oakridge for steep, technical terrain. But what about gravel? 

This route combines a sweet climb up to Huckleberry Road (the Huck) with two sections of the Aufderheide (the Heidi) broken up with a loop up to Christy Flats. The route is loaded with wild rhododendrons and bear-grass. Thick moss coats many of the trees. And the Aufderheide sections are often so close to the river that you can hardly hold a conversation. And then there’s the bonus of the Office Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon, which is where you park.

High waters washed out the original bridge, so a second was built in 1941 to provide access from the mill to the Westfir Lumber Company’s administrative offices. This bridge lasted only four years before a storm took it out too. The third and current bridge was built higher to avoid storm waters and was designed to handle the size and load of logging trucks. [Eugene, Cascades and Coast]

Ride Details
Miles 0 to 9 / Paved, Hillside Climb

From the Office Covered Bridge head east. The road immediately climbs with some sharp kicks, nothing sustained. The road is lined with scattered homes and pockets of forest with dense undercover and big, mossy trees. Pines. Maples. Oaks. **Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 51 miles / 4000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 65% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 45 minutes southeast of Eugene, Oregon
– Published: June 2020

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]

Moderate. Due to: (a) several short, steep pitches up and down above 6%, (b) the remote nature of part of the ride and, (c) limited cell phone reception.

When we like to ride this …

Early summer when the pink rhododendrons and beargrass are in full bloom. Fall with change of colors.

The Start

Office Covered Bridge parking area. Water. Flush toilets.
Lat / Long: 43.758933, -122.496094

Food / Water

None


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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