The route starts/ends in Langlois Oregon. Langlois has the Langlois Market with hot deli food, fresh local vegetables, liquor and beer on tap. One block to the south you will find The Spoon Restaurant offering inside/outside seating, fresh made food and live music. Just across the parking lot is Floras Creek Coffee, Most say its the best
The route starts/ends in Langlois Oregon. Langlois has the Langlois Market with hot deli food, fresh local vegetables, liquor and beer on tap. One block to the south you will find The Spoon Restaurant offering inside/outside seating, fresh made food and live music. Just across the parking lot is Floras Creek Coffee, Most say its the best coffee on the southern Oregon Coast! Public parking at the Langlois Post Office and the public gravel frontage along 101 in front of Floars Creek Coffee area. Check out https://www.worldfamouslanglois.com/content/our-town-guide for the Langlois town guide. Parking can also be found in nearby Bandon or Port Orford(adding distance) to route.
Leaving Langlois, the route will take you South on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route (HWY101) through the wooded farmlands of Langlois and Sixes, this stretch of 101 has a good shoulder with low traffic..When you reach Sixes River Road(mile 8.6). Across from Sixes River Road is a large gravel lot with The Sixes Grange Marketplace offering a small snack/drink selection. Heading east along the Sixes River into the Wild Man woods, the road will roll along the beautiful Sixes River. At mile 13 you find Edson Creek Campground that has a river view day use area across the road. For camping info: https://www.blm.gov/visit/edson-creek-camping.
Continuing on Sixes River Road you will reach the gravel at mile 19.3. This section of gravel offers great views of the woods to come. At mile 20 you will find Sixes River Campground that offers campsites and day use areas along the river. https://www.blm.gov/documents/oregon-washington/public-room/map/oregon-sixes-river-campground
At mile 25.2 you make a right onto the bridge that kicks off the climb up NF-5201. The bridge is a great resting point, a small trail below the bridge takes you to the river for a dip or to filter water. Along the climb you will have two more creeks to filter water as needed. Use them to bring water into camp, Campsite is dry. At Mile 29.6 You will reach a Y in the road with the right turn onto NF-200 climbing up the ridge. The total climb from the bridge at Sixes River is 5.5 miles / 2000ft. If you choose to add the extra adventure of reaching the mining district where The Lost Mine of Nugget story is from, look for the small double track ATV trail heading to the left, down the ridge from NF-200 at mile 31.4, dropping you into Star Gulch near the headwaters of the Sixes River along the South Fork of the Sixes River. The area has multiple old mining cabins and a cemetery along with a long history of Sasquatch or the Sixes Devils sightings/stories. This trail is steep and loose, take caution, not recommended for beginners.. The trail adds 5.5 miles /1750ft. With a hike-a-bike on the way back up. Very remote! No cell service, Do not enter trail during active mining.
The Lost Mine Of Nugget Tom Trailhead (OUT & BACK) link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39758135
Shortly after passing the trailhead you will come to a small landing area with gorgeous views of the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest mountain range at Mile 31.8. This campsite is primitive and dry so make sure to fill up on water at the multiple water sources on your way up the climb.Take a look over the edge down into the hole that the Lost Mine trail takes you into. During winter use the dirt berm to block wind from the canyon. Definitely bring the camera.
The Next day you will kick off with a short climb out of camp along to the ridge top back to NF-5201. Once back to NF-5201 stay to the right, going left will take you back down to Sixes River road. You will enjoy climbs with beautiful news of the remote wilderness and long descents with great views of both Grassy Knob Wilderness and Copper Salmon Wilderness areas before dropping into the Elk River where you find Butler Bar Campground at mile 46.5. Butler Bar offers campgrounds with picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Good spot to take a dip, fish and filter water before climbing up to Laird Lake. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/rogue-siskiyou/recarea/?recid=70022
If you want to make this route an overnight trip or need to take off early, take the gorgeous 18 mile ride out Elk River road back to hwy 101. Elk river road has beautiful views of crystal clear deep swimming holes and multiple campgrounds.
After a short stretch back on pavement you make a left on NF-5325 will begin the beautiful gravel 6.1 Mile/ 1200ft climb up to Laird lake campground for the final night.Along the climb you will have 2 creeks to filter water as needed (Laird Lake has water thats can be filtered). At Mile 52.6 you reach the left turn into the campground. Laird Lake has a small campground and Vault toilets. The lake is full of Trout so bring your fishing rod.The lake has a small creek feeding lake that can be used to filter water, as well as a second creek in the upper part of the campground.
After waking up next to the lake you will continue up NF-5325 from Laird lake for 2.5 miles to a right turn onto NF-5502 at mile 55.1. You will have a few small climbs with great views of the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest. At mile 66.1 you began a 6 mile / -2302ft descent back to the Elk River Road where the pavement begins. You will ride along Elk River Road, make sure to stop by the Elk River Hatchery, Mile 74.6. where you will find shaded picnic areas for a good lunch stop and water filtering. Continuing out Elk River Road towards HWY 101 you will get one more chance to easily filter water at the lower boat launch gravel lot, Mile 81.4. Shortly after you reach Hwy101 , Pacific Coast Bike Route. Making a right on 101 you will have a 10 mile ride back north to Langlois, Along the final push back you have wide shoulders with three crossings over the Elk River, Sixes River, and arriving into Langlois, Floars Creek.
Most of this route is remote without services. Be prepared. Route has year round water sources. During winter you can have heavy rain/wind and snow at the higher elevations.
The total route is 92.2 miles with 9307 feet of elevation gain. Adding the Lost Mine of Nugget Tom trail will add an extra 5.5 miles with 1750ft.
Make sure to stop by Bandon Bicycle Works and tell us about your trip!
-Check out the YouTube video of the route during the Adventure Cycling Association's Bike Travel Weekend 2022
- For Lost Mine Of Nugget Tom story: https://www.curryhistory.com/.../23-the-lost-mine-of…
The Elliott Loon Overnighter
The Elliott Loon Overnighter Bikepacking Route rolls through Oregon's first established state forest. The 91,000+ acre forest is home to seemingly endless gravel roads leading from crystal clear creeks to amazing ridge top views. This 46 mile / 5498ft route starts/ends at Loon Lake. The Loon Lake area include
The Elliott Loon Overnighter
The Elliott Loon Overnighter Bikepacking Route rolls through Oregon's first established state forest. The 91,000+ acre forest is home to seemingly endless gravel roads leading from crystal clear creeks to amazing ridge top views. This 46 mile / 5498ft route starts/ends at Loon Lake. The Loon Lake area includes a campground, beach/day-use facilities and the Loon Lake Lodge that offers camping and a general store with hot deli. Parking can be found at the multiple turnouts along the East shore of the lake or by reserving a campsite at one of the campgrounds. This overnighter route will take you into the Elliott State Forest with big climbs and long descents, gorgeous ridgetop views and towering forests full of wildlife. There are numerous options to camp along the West Fork of the Millicoma River , both down and upstream from the marked campsite on route. Past the campsite the route has multiple creek crossings and hike-a-bike back woods section before climbing up the ridge.(creek crossings/hike-a-bike bypass route below) Once on the ridge you will pass the Cougar Pass forest lookout before the descent back to Loon Lake.
This is a remote backwoods ride so be prepared. Water filters are a must. The route will ride along/cross many water sources. Know the route and carry a map, Elliott Forest has lots of gravel roads leading off to dead ends. Weather can range from hot temps during summer to very wet in winter. This route has no cell service. Make sure to check the Loon Lake lodge hours if needed. There are no facilities or services in Elliott State Forest. Pack it in, Pack it out.
-Elliot Loon Creek Crossings / Hike-A-BIke Bypass Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40295242
-Loon Lake lodge
-Elliott State Forest
-Coos Forest Protective Association (Fire Restrictions)