Mtb Road Trip – Hood River, Oregon

The first road trip of the year – a week long adventure sampling some of Oregon’s mtn. bike trails.
The four of us, Dave, Scott, Dean and myself, departed from Vancouver on a sunny Sunday morning and headed straight for Hood River, Oregon. This would be our home for the first two nights.

Views along I-84, between Portland and Hood River.

We arrived in the early afternoon and headed directly to Full Sail Brewing where I was quickly outpaced by my 3 compadres on the drinking front. These guys were serious barley aficionados! In the coming days I realized they were just as eager to locate breweries as they were hunting for singletrack.

In the evening, we found a quiet campground and set up our temporary home.

Dean was up early getting breakfast sorted.

The Santa Cruz Syndicate/SRAM team was well represented.

The next morning we checked into the Dirty Finger bike shop to pick up a map and get recommendations on which trails to hit up.

Scott – our Syndicate sponsored team member/mechanic.*

Of course my compadres had to find a bike shop with taps!

It was decided we would ride up Oak Ridge, along Surveyor’s Ridge and descend Dog River; however, we were told the climb up Oak Ridge had, “no redeeming qualities”. The climb would be 2.2 miles and ascend 2,200ft. After hearing this, Dean, Scott and myself were not too keen on this route. Dave was the only one pushing for it – somehow he got his way and we ended up riding it. 2.2 miles of exposed, singletrack switchabacks in 34º blasting heat later we made it to the top.

The start of our ascend up Oak Ridge.

The walking started early on with no shade for cover.

Mt. Hood in the background.

Dean pointing the way to the top.

A short reprieve from climbing.

Surveyor’s Ridge

The following day we were all feeling the beat down and decided on a recovery day by walking around town and checking out the kite boarders before moving on to Bend.


One response

  1. Is that a Squirrel in the tree? Looks familiar. Great pics, great trip!

    May 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

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