Moon Moss

5 Star Route

Moon Moss is a “pinch me” route … you really won’t believe it. Especially if you are lucky enough to be there when the bear grass is blooming (big white flowers) along Warner Ridge; we have never found another place with such lush, thick bear grass. Combine that with the Warner Mountain lookout, which provides an eagle’s view of the whole area; Juniper Ridge, which has lovely views of the surrounding peaks; and a visit to Moss Mountain, which just the name alone makes us laugh. And of course, you also get to see Moon Point.  

Oakridge is a tricky place to ride. You go up; you come down. Steep routes that often drop 4,000 feet on gravel roads, enough to make your hands hurt from squeezing the brakes. On this route, you climb up and up …hug a ridge … and then mosey back down, with a good chunk of elevation loss on a sweeping paved road. We worked hard to take the bite out of the downhill portion of this route.

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 43 miles / 4900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 70% gravel, 30% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 1 hour, 25 minutes southeast of Eugene, Oregon
– Published: July 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 …

Mid-summer on a sunny day when the flowers are in full bloom.

The Start

Pull out just past the bridge at intersection of NF 2127 and NF 21. You can also park at several dispersed camping spots along the river, look to your right as you cross the bridge.
Lat / Long: 43.539477, -122.448199

Food / Water

None

Go Local

If your looking to make more than a day of it in the Oakridge area consider the Westfir Lodge and Mountain Market, Caseys Riverside RV park or Oakridge Escapes.

Note, that the “downtown” of Oakridge is not along the highway. It is just north of the highway by several blocks. There is pub and a bistro in town.

And if you’re looking for a bike shop, consider Oregon Bike Shop and Willamette Mountain Mercantile.

Ride Details

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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.

  • Dana says:

    Super ride and scenery on crystal clear day. Several trees down across road and roughly 21 mile marker. Can climb over all except one which need to crawl and pass bike under. Cool & Shady ride tomorrow with temps near 90

  • Erik says:

    If the gate to the Warner Mountain fire lookout is closed, don’t go up there. The fire lookout is used during fire season for spotting fires. We rode right pass the signs as we were looking at the Garmin. The fire spotter up there was surprised and not particularly excited to see us. Oops.

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