Mount Hood Singletrack
On this guided mountain biking trip we travel through the Mt. Hood National Forest to the east of the giant peak itself, to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in Oregon.
The singletrack trails in this forest are famous for a reason. Well-constructed ridge top trails provide you with surprise views of snowy Mount Hood at regular intervals. Sometimes the peak seems so close you could reach out and touch the snow. We will see the blue ice of the glacier from many angles as we roll our way to the north. Singletrack experience is a must, but the trails on this trip are at relatively low altitude, primarily between 2,500 and 6,000 feet and they are buffed. While there are a few short tricky sections, rideable switchbacks and excellent grades make pedaling around Mount Hood pure fun. More questions? Ready to book? Call us at 800-845-2453. We can help you get started.
After we meet in Hood River we have a short shuttle 30 miles south to Bennett Pass on the shoulders of mighty Mount Hood. Once we pack a lunch for the day’s ride we’ll begin riding a relatively gentle climb up an old two track from the pass. Our goal is the singletrack along Gunsight Ridge, where the views are truly breathtaking. This fun trail twists and turns before bringing us to the high point of the trip at 6,000 feet. The spectacular viewpoint includes the distant dormant volcanoes of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens over 60 miles away. From here we descend some fast and flowing singletrack down to our camp which sits among stately Douglas and grand firs, hemlocks,and Western red cedars along Eightmile Creek. TOTAL MILEAGE: 19 miles
Today’s ride is all about descents first! This loop starts with five miles of ripping downhill along Fifteen Mile Creek through a mixed forest of fir and Ponderosa pine, open meadows and some really cool hoodoo rock formations. After crossing the creek we begin to climb, and you can relive the awesome downhill in your mind as you work your way back to camp. Because of the challenging nature of today’s ride, your guides can help tailor the ride for you. Once we return to camp cold drinks and a delicious meal await. TOTAL MILEAGE: 10 - 22 miles
We begin again by fueling up with a relaxing and hearty breakfast. Our ride today will be a three part harmony of sorts that brings us on a cloverleaf shaped route of more classic Mount Hood trails. We ride from camp, starting with some gentle climbing to the Five Mile Butte Lookout Tower. This takes us to an amazing descent of banked corners, small water bar jumps and some tight singletrack riding. These are the trails that make Mt. Hood one of our all-time favorite riding destinations! Several small creek crossings and some short steep climbs ensure a good night’s sleep. TOTAL MILEAGE: 14 miles
Today we’re off to the Surveyor’s Ridge Trail, which is, deservedly, one of the most well known and loved mountain bike trails in all of Oregon. It trades the sustained grades of the previous days for a roller coaster of ups and downs and more breathtaking views out across the Hood River Valley. Mid-summer fields of wildflowers brush your handlebars while the aromatics tickle your senses. This ride is one you will be certain to talk about back around the water cooler. Be sure to pack your camera as photo opportunities abound. TOTAL MILEAGE: 14 - 29 miles
After four days of wonderful rides in the Mount Hood National Forest we end our trip on a downhill note—2,300 vertical feet of downhill to be exact! That’s right folks, we’ve saved the best for last. The Dog River Trail, (or just “The Dog” in the local vernacular), will leave you with sore forearms and a dusty grin from ear to ear. After a little warm up on a forest service road we’ll hit a section of Surveyor’s Ridge that we missed yesterday, but once we reach The Dog, check your brakes and hold on tight. After our big descent, we’ll enjoy one final lunch together before heading down to Hood River and the real world. Bummer. TOTAL MILEAGE: 14 miles
This is a technical singletrack trip. A high level of fitness is necessary and singletrack experience is highly recommended. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.
Riding Surface: Singletrack double track, loose pumice to smooth pine duff, a few miles of pavement.
Overall Rating: Intermediate/Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Mostly moderate to some difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Altitude: 2,500 - 6,000 feet
For travel logistics and a packing list, please download the complete trip itinerary.