Obviously the main reason we came down to Klamath Falls was to check out the mountain bike trails, most specifically, the trails at Spence Mountain. The county recently acquired the 7,500 acre parcel and have made it open to the public with eMTB access posted as legal. There are currently 50 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trail with another 20 slated for the near future. Spence Mountain has a wide variety of trails from greens to black diamonds and groomed jump trails to gnarly rock gardens. Scenic vistas overlook the Upper Klamath and neighboring mountains to the west or the basin to the south. It is an awesome place to ride and the trails are well built and maintained by the Klamath Trails Alliance and their contractors.
There are two trailheads, one on the southern edge of the mountain and another at Shoalwater Bay, which is where we stage out of as its at the bottom of our new favorite trail, Nighthawk. It’s an awesome mix of tech, flow and jump trail and we couldn’t get enough of the speeds and chunk on offer. Another favorite is Speed King, which is their flagship jump trail and offers jumps that will please very experienced riders to newer riders who just want to get comfortable on smaller hits and berms. We accessed these trails from the scenic and fun ridge trail that runs five miles before hooking up to Spence Peak trail, which is another six miles and connects north to south ends of the trail network.
We’re sure the trails at Spence will keep you entertained for at least a day, but if you’re looking add some diversity and ride a little different flavor of trails, nearby Moore Park and Moore Mountain are well worth a visit. It’s a beautiful park at the edge of the lake with a huge grass field that turns into green forested mountains. Down low are nicely cut flow trails that could be ridden on a gravel bike or beginner level riders with ease. A skills park has various size table top jumps and wooden drops to get beginners comfortable with some air time. Above the park sits Moore Mountain, which has a number of narrow, handcut and raw trails that we absolutely loved riding. Side hills, bench cut and tight, the trails at Moore were very fun and offered some amazing views of the Upper Klamath as well.
After countless trips driving through Klamath Falls, this stop has transformed the town in our minds from a gas station fill up stop, to a place we can’t wait to get back down to. Being so close to Bend, our crew will be making plenty of day trips down there when we’re in need of a place to test, ride or film, especially since our own local trails and riders are still fighting the future and resisting eMTB access. For those traveling further than just a couple of hours, the nearby offerings aren’t quite on-par with major tourist destinations, but it’s a quaint town that will offer more than enough to keep you and your family entertained for a long weekend. There’s a ton of water-sports, a marina, beautiful parks, hikes along the Link River, Crater Lake, Zip Lining, a canoe tour water-trail, and a couple of museums as well. You can even find some more options here.
The Klamath Trail Alliance, Spence Mountain and Discover Klamath have done an awesome job taking what many have considered to be a drive-by-town and made it a “Must Hit” destination if you’re driving anywhere near Central Oregon. The trails are fun, offer a wide variety of terrain and features that will challenge experts, entertain novices and help beginners build confidence. Be sure to check out Zach’s Bikes or visit KTA’s website here to get the trail map and lowdown on the land before you head out. Whether you’re on an eMTB like our super-capable Pivot Shuttle LT’s or pedaling a non-E mountain bike, you’ll be plenty comfy on anything from a 120-140mm bike up to a 170/160mm enduro rig depending on what trails you want to hit and what sort of experience you’re out for.
We’d like to thank Pivot Cycles, Endura, ABUS and Maxxis Tires for making our 2023 eMTB Destination Tour series possible and allowing us to help share eBike friendly locations to our readers. After having traveled long distances only to arrive and find out that eBikes are not welcome, we wanted to do what we could to prevent others from similar frustrations. Hope to catch you on the highways or the trails.
If you’d like to see us visit and share more places, please leave a comment or suggestion so we can keep this series going.