Larison Creek is one of only a handful of trails in the state where bikes are allowed that runs through an old growth forest. It is listed on old growth hiking maps that only cover a dozen or so trails for the whole state. There are some rocky sections that may deter beginners. This trail would be a good choice for outings with that include non mountain bikers because they should enjoy hiking in the old growth. The trail starts on an arm of the Hills Creek Reservoir which is a typical ugly reservoir with large exposed banks. The graph is from the trailhead to the west end of the trail so if you do an out and back the back profile would be a mirror image of the "out" profile.
Directions to the Larison Creek Trailhead: From town drive to Hills Creek Reservoir on Kitson Springs Road. Do not keep going on Kitson Springs Road or you will end up on the wrong side of the reservoir. Cross the river and proceed on NF-21 about 3.3 miles to the trailhead. It is about six miles from town.
In Google Maps or your on board navigation system enter "NF-21 @43.687237, -122.440852"
Larison Rock has a good reputation as an excellent downhill with the advantage that it can be ridden as a loop from town. The ride to the top is primarily on gravel roads.
Directions for the ride to the trail head near Larison Rock: This trail could very easily be ridden as a loop from town. Driving to the take out would only save you a mile and a half of riding. Take LaDuke Rd a couple of miles until it turns into NF-21. Before you get to the reservoir turn right on NF-2102.From there it is about 4.5 miles to the rock.
In Google Maps or your on board navigation system enter "LaDuke Rd/NF-5852 @43.737242, -122.459680" for the bottom of the ride and "NF-2102 @43.710356, -122.472952" for the top. You could drive to the top but the descent is only 3 miles long.
The Middle Fork Trail is a great river ride and like most river rides is has a relatively predictable and gradual grades. However it is steeper on the upper end if you make it that far, as you can see from the graph which starts at the upper end. The Middle Fork above the reservoir is not dam controlled and is subject to floods so the trail may be effected by floods.
Directions to the Middle Fork Trailhead: From town drive to Hills Creek Reservoir on Kitson Springs Road. Do not keep going on Kitson Springs Road or you will end up on the wrong side of the reservoir. It is about fifteen miles from town.
In Google Maps or your on board navigation system enter "NF-21 @43.597299, -122.453938"