Redwoods Mountain Biking: Ossagon Loop in Redwood National Park

The Ossagon Loop is situated in beautiful Redwood National Park. Some of the tallest trees on earth live here. In fact, for a long time, it was thought the three tallest trees on earth were within this small park. If you want to do some redwoods mountain biking, This is your spot.

The trail is a 20-mile beginner/intermediate mountain bike ride, but it is situated in an awesome place. Coastal views, giant Redwoods, high probability of seeing Roosevelt elk, waterfalls and some great biking too.

The ride starts off on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Several times a year National Park Service (NPS) closes off this road to motor traffic. I especially recommend doing this loop during one of those times. For more info check the NPS site.  Sometimes a tree will fall and close the road for a while too.

Adventure is in the making Fixing a flat on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
Fixing a flat on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway

Most riders prefer to take mountain bikes for this ride, but for me, it’s the perfect place to take the Santa Cruz Stigmata.

The Santa Cruz Stigmata is perfect for redwoods mountain biking
The Santa Cruz Stigmata is perfect for redwoods mountain biking

The Stigmata was designed to be cross bike, but I use it as a mixed surface adventure rig.  I added a KS LEV  dropper and connected it to a left shifter.  This trip was my first time trying out WTB Nanos. They worked perfectly for this ride with mushy singletrack mixed with gravel and road.

 redwoods mountain biking
Another gratuitous bike picture

This is a long enough ride where you will want to pack a lunch, but remember you will be in marbled murrelet territory so keep it crumb clean.

You will have the opportunity to see very large trees. Sometimes those trees fall catastrophically as shown below.

A freshly fallen old growth redwood. The Stump on the left, and the obliterated trunk on the right
A freshly fallen old growth redwood. The Stump on the left, and the obliterated trunk on the right

The loop trail will take you through the old-growth forest and pop you out on a coastal prairie. You will most likely see Roosevelt Elk.  Treat them with a tremendous amount of respect. They can f you up.

Sneaking by the bull elk on the left on the Ossagon Loop trail. We did our best to give the elk as space as possible while quickly squeaking by.

We had about 40 yards of clearance when we passed. People getting way too close to elk is a thing. Don’t be that guy.

For more detailed ride info check out the MTB Project 

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