We are getting into the real heat of Summer here in Portland, so I decided to escape to the mountain for a day ride on the historic Barlow Trail. Originally it was a toll road that allowed settlers to bypass the rapids of the lower Columbia River in the last stretch of the Oregon Trail. A stretch of the original rutted two-track is still present from Tygh Valley to Government Camp, but the rest of the trail has been paved over with modern roads. https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/barlow_road/#.Xx8ewfhKiqQ I thought it would be fun to trace as much of the original path as possible, using an old map I dug up. Here's the original... And here's my final route Starting at the wagon-shaped Oregon Trail Center (dysentery not included) Clackamas River Drive takes you along the... Clackamas River. First sign of the Barlow trail! This is along the S Springwater Rd, just outside of Estacada. After motoring through Sandy and on to Marmot Road, I catch my first good view of the mountain. Still plenty of pavement, but great views and some windy switchbacks make for a good dual sport day. Took a little detour down Still Creek Road in Rhododendron in an effort to bypass a big section of Highway 26, but there was a gate seven miles in. Still, not a bad little ride. Finally to the trailhead! This has been on my list for years, excited to get started. First few miles is smooth, with some occasional rocks and ruts that require a little navigating. The DR350 eats roads like this for breakfast, but I'll bet was hell in a covered wagon. I passed a few trucks, some lost hikers, and two other folks on dual-sports but overall Barlow Road is not a busy place.