Sandy Ridge Trail in Mt Hood, Oregon
There are trails for every skill level! The newly constructed Government Camp Trail system has a variety of lengths and difficulty levels and links the town of Government Camp to Timberline Lodge above and Trillium Lake below. The Sandy Ridge Trail system on BLM lands to the east is still being expanded and offers now world famous downhill and intermediate riding with structures and jumps. It does require a 3 mile uphill ride on a paved road to get back to the top. Skibowl Mountain Bike Park has an even larger network of trails with a range of skill levels and a ski lift will return you to the top for another run!
The Mt. Hood Area is fast becoming a mountain biking mecca! Mountain biking options range from easy family friendly loops for beginners, to intermediate trails through old growth forests, and gnarly downhill flow trails with challenging structures. Lift assisted mountain biking is also offered.
The best source for mountain bike trails in the Mt. Hood area (and beyond) is found on www.mtbproject.com. This free site is sponsored by REI and provides downloadable and interactive maps, trail descriptions, pictures, and trail conditions. Register and check out the full site on your computer, and then download the app and the planned trail riding area on your phone before heading out. You can search for mountain bikes all over the country and also filter the search for easier or more difficult trails. Also check out the Mt. Hood Mountain Bike Brochure for more information on how to use thewebsite.
VIDEO of mountain biker on the Sandy Ridge Trail System on Bureau of Land Management lands east of Sandy, Oregon.
MOUNTAIN BIKING MT. HOOD
Easier Bike Trails
These trails offer flatter, wider trails, some with shorter or longer loop options.
Crosstown Trail (one way) takes you as its name implies, from one end of Government Camp to the other: 2.7 miles
Old Salmon River to Green Canyon is a gorgeous ride along the Salmon River, but be careful as it is a popular hiking trail: 3.8 miles
Summit Trail (one way): 2.0 miles is on the south side of Government Camp and goes from east to west (or vice versa) through the Mt. Hood Skibowl and Mt. Hood Adventure Park.
Timberline to Town Trail
Intermediate and Loads
Timberline to Town at 5.7 miles, is nearly all downhill at a steady grade that connects to Crosstown (2.8 miles) which offers numerous loops off it with ups and downs. You can ride from Timberline to Rhododendron, for 15.7 miles and then catch a shuttle bus and do it all again. Or circle around Government Camp on Summit/Crosstown/Camp Creek Trails for 6.3 miles.
Looping around Timothy Lake on the Timothy Lake, South shore, and Timothy Lake Bike Trails is longer at 15.8 miles. The sections on the north, west, and south have modest elevation gains. The section on the east side around the PCT (closed to bikes) is more challenging.
Mt. Hood Skibowl Trails
Downhill Flow and