Specifically designed for mountain bikers, the recently expanded Sandy Ridge Trail System offers over 15 miles of awesome single-track. Set in the Cascade foothills, just west of Mt. Hood, Sandy Ridge has something for every skill level from easy flow runs to technical trails with exposure. The trails at Sandy Ridge dip and weave through your classic Northwest forest, but they are anything but typical. Built with assistance from the International Mountain Biking Association, the layout and maintenance of the trails is top notch. Highlights include Flow Motion - a ¾ mile intermediate flow trail with no fewer than 15 berms and Follow the Leader – a 1.65 mile double black diamond segment with exposure and big grade reversals.
What Makes It Great
Sandy Ridge is located on a ridge west of Mount Hood and winds through miles and miles of forest where you are surrounded by Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, among other beautiful trees.
Your start is a pedal up Homestead Road to the lower trailhead to the first run, Follow the Leader, which starts with big boulders and scree fields and ends with a creek crossing and trail drop. From there take a right and pedal back up then make the short climb up Rock Drop to get to Communication Breakdown. Pedal up and up while you enjoy incredible view and then enjoy a solid descent down Quid Pro Flow, which includes, but is not limited to big tables and rollers. Get onto Three Thirty Eight to connect to Two Turntables and a Microwave to drop off a rock slab and whip through some tight berms down to the very fast and loose bottom portion. Join Hide and Seek to cross a creek, which will lead back to Homestead Road. Then for the moment you have been waiting for! Turn left and pedal up to Flow Motion. To get there, take a right and pedal up, then bear right again. This is where you find more than 15 berms and the trail will drop hundreds of feet back through the forest.
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Who is Going to Love It
There is plenty for mountain bikers of all skill levels. In fact, the area has been remodeled with trails that accommodate those with less experience including the Homestead Loop and Laura’s Line.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to Sandy Ridge from Portland, head east on US 26 toward Sandy. Once in Sandy, go about 11 miles, pass Windell’s Camp on your right and take your first left on East Sleepy Hollow Drive. Take the next right on East Barlow Trail Road and follow it across the Sandy River and keep right at the immediate intersection. Continue past the first parking area and restroom on the left. The trailhead is signed about 0.25 miles ahead on the left. Unpaved parking is available near the yellow gate at Homestead Road.