Hood River, OR. Rides out the backdoor

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Craig McCurdy, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    This is my start at posting some of the rides we do right out of our garage. No truck or trailer, just get on the bikes and ride! Why I have waited to try this on what looks to be the last nice fall day before six days of rain and snow down to 3000' is beyond me. And then again it might be just the reason, I wanted to find a route from one canyon to the next one to the south. With rain in the forcast this might be the last time before snow on the ridges and mud everywhere to the west of Hood River.
    [​IMG]
    This is looking East from the top end of Green Point Canyon
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Ottertail Lake and some great fall colors.
    [​IMG]
    Mt Hood to the south
    [​IMG]
    Mt Adams to the North in Washington
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Found a very well hidden ridgeline trail (on a very old road) that was lots of fun!
    [​IMG]
    Which ended up on some very beautiful old pine needle covered road. Just a note to go along with this photo, when I find road like this anymore I like to practice to the best of my ability "No trace biking" so that it looks like this for the next rider!
    [​IMG]
    After about a 2000' descent, back to good old USFS single lane road one canyon to the south and a new route with more to come!
    [​IMG]
    #1
  2. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,271
    Location:
    Lebanon Oregon
    Craig McCurdy, that was a great ride with pictures.

    Too bad we didn't see this last week... My two friends camped a week up on Surveyors ridge and got home yesterday.

    Dave
    #2
  3. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    Next time! Miles and miles of good rides to the east of the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood :evil
    #3
  4. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    For a nice two hour ride from town there is always the road up to Cloud Cap at 6000' on the north side of Mt Hood. Great views and camping on hot summer days! It will soon be under 6 to 10' of snow for the winter and some great skiing instead.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #4
  5. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    Sunday afternoon turned out to be nice so a friend and I got out and put a few miles on.
    If you want to find this spot in the photo below!
    45deg 35.919' N
    121deg 30.030' W
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    We ended up getting between 6 to 8 miles of very fun single track!:clap
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Also some great fall colors
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Mt Adams to the north in WA.
    [​IMG]
    View of the Columbia River
    [​IMG]
    And back down into the Hood River Valley.
    [​IMG]
    #5
  6. prometheus rising

    prometheus rising Ghost In The Machine

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    834
    Sweet :thumb
    #6
  7. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Oddometer:
    214
    Location:
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Makes me want to move to the Pacific Northwest.
    Thanks fot the pictures. I have done some skiing out there but never
    any 2 wheeling.
    #7
  8. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,053
    Location:
    From Alabama to Newfoundland, it's all Appalachian
    :thumb Gorgeous!!! Thanks!

    Though I have to say :fyyff cuz I'm jealous:baldy the confluence of I-95 and I-695 is out my back door.
    #8
  9. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    Thanks! Just remember there is great riding everywhere, sometimes you just have to go and look for it! That's why we ride... :wings
    #9
  10. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    So we got a nice day, just one thing to do about that. Go for a ride!:clap With rain to the west we headed for the mountains to the east of Hood River. Last night we had a weather front go though with some wind so right off the start we found a few trees.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Guess what was left at home, yup, saw! Lucky for us we only had a couple of them to work around.
    [​IMG]

    Just North of the Ketchum Ranch
    [​IMG]

    The shot below is looking south into Mosier Creek canyon which we rode around to the south at about the skyline.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    We worked our way back to the west and the Hood River Valley.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    And 76 miles later back to 5 miles of blacktop for our ride back to the house just before dark!:freaky
    [​IMG]
    And the forecast for tomorrow, 80% chance of RAIN!!!:ricky:ricky
    #10
  11. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    We could not help it, just had to get out in the woods. We did manage to get in some fun, rain and even a few snow flakes.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Mt Hood a couple of minutes before it disappeared in the clouds!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Riding back above the Hood River
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #11
  12. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

    Joined:
    May 24, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,953
    Location:
    Tumalo, Oregon
    Sweet! Ride that stuff before the snow flies huh? :clap:clap
    #12
  13. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    13,471
    Location:
    In the Mustard Booyah. Whooop!!
    That's one sweet KLX.

    :nod
    #13
  14. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    You got it! And we have some really sweet bags for both bikes to keep everything dry :evil just not on her bike today!

    That KLX is having a blast!!!
    #14
  15. Lava

    Lava n00b

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    Hi Craig,
    Here's another for you. The maiden voyage of my drz-400s up above the clearcut on Huskey Road one of those nice Fridays we had a few weeks ago. Give me a shout next time you guys go out. I've been going out solo, which is fun, but probably not too smart.
    Jacki

    Attached Files:

    #15
  16. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    We will let you know!:thumb
    #16
  17. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    Just had to add a couple of snow pic's to the ride list. HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!:D[​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    #17
  18. jonnyw

    jonnyw Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    585
    My Bro recently moved out your way (Troutdale) from South Carolina. I have been out to visit him and am awestruck by the beauty. I have spent many days now on the Sandy chasing steelhead. But I am always thinking how sweet it would be to ride my 640A out there. We are working on getting him another bike. Maybe when he gets another you could show him around on some trails one day. Keep posting love the pics!:clap
    #18
  19. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,471
    Location:
    Hood River, Oregon
    If your in the area in June check this out...

    http://www.blackdogdualsport.com/bd_events.htm
    #19
  20. G-Dog

    G-Dog Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    58
    Location:
    Behind the Orange Curtain
    F'ing love Hood River... Spent a lifetime there during three summers in the early/mid 90's. Thanks for sharing.
    #20