I’d been told Ashland had tremendous road biking in the area, but it was only second hand, from cycling enthusiast co-workers at the Portland, Oregon REI. After living in this quaint town for almost a year, the time to venture out was upon me; School was out and free time was on my hands. It’s strange, that nine months passed with out an itch for a ride, especially for one such as myself who’s sole form of transportation is my road bike, but alas I got an itch, and it needed to be scratched.
Ashland, Oregon has many attributes that make it such a great place. The Bear Creek Greenway for instance, is a multi-use paved trail, running right through town and then to Medford before terminating in Central Point. The Greenway is aptly named; weaving along Bear Creek, dense foliage of mature cottonwoods and willows overhang on the trail, providing shade even at noonday sun. These shaded areas are broken up by pleasant wet meadows and glades. In summer, riders and walkers can enjoy plentiful blackberries, the gurgle of the creek and the sound of abundant bird life. Those out for a ride can appreciate the smooth pavement and meandering nature of the trail providing some fun turns. At 21 miles in length the trail is long enough for a lengthy out and back if one so desires but has moderate grade so it’s certainly the place for a leisurely afternoon as well.
-Written by Brandon Worthington, guide at Indigo Creek Outfitters.