One of the great things about having a mountain in your territory is that it creates awesome mountain biking trails. From beginners to experts, there are some great rides in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory that will get your heart pumping, as well as some adrenaline.
Sandy Ridge Trail System: One of the newest options in the region, the Sandy Ridge Trail System is quickly earning high praise from the mountain biking community. Choose from ten single-track trails ranging in length from 3/4 of a mile to 5 miles. All told there are more than 15 miles of trails at all levels of difficulty. The courses wind through gorgeous forests and along streams, so be sure to capture a bit of scenery while enjoying the ride.
Mt. Hood Skibowl: Take in the view as the 1,500 foot chairlift transports you (and your bike) up to Skibowl's Mountain Bike Park. There are numerous trails to choose from, totaling more than 40 miles of two-wheeled adventure, with plenty of options for beginners and experts alike. The trails are well-marked and wide, and consist of packed dirt, gravel and wooden sections. Riders looking to further test their skills may want to check out the freestyle park, where you can catch some serious air. New to the mix is their Bike Learning Center or BLC. Their trained staff will instill the skills you need to hit the trails with confidence and safety, so you can have a blast. The BLC just opened in May of 2016 and is the only conveyor-assisted skills area for mountain bikes in the entire country. Skibowl also recently completed work on a 1.5 mile-long single-track up at the top of Upper Skibowl. Named the Sunrise Trail, the views up here are as amazing as the ride is. Bring a camera, it'll be worth stopping for a moment to get a shot... or three.
Pioneer Bridle Trail: This is an 8-mile trail the connects the village of Government Camp with Rhododendron. The single-track ride includes some technical rocky segments, so this one is better for more experienced riders. Those who do brave this trail will be cycling through some dense, lush forests. To get some really killer views, not to mention a much more intense ride, make it a 22-mile loop ride by returning to the beginning via Still Creek Road.
Cross Town Trail: Looking to get from one end of Government Camp to the other? Of course you could drive there, but why take the car when this awesome mountain biking trail exists instead? This 3-mile trail is perfect for "adventurous novices" with it's rolling terrain and 400 foot climb. At the eastern start you're surrounded by mostly lodge-pole pine, while those eventually give way to Douglass fir, red cedar and hemlock. This trail also intersects with a number of other popular routes, like Maggie's Trail and Skiway Trail, making it easy to extend your ride.
Timothy Lake Loop: This is a multi-use trail, so you may also encounter hikers and horseback riders. That said, the views from this loop make it worth sharing the road. The trail follows the shores of Timothy Lake, granting some stunning panoramas of Mt. Hood reflected in the lake's calm waters. Add to your ride the Miller Trail, Headwaters Trail and Old 1916 Trail for a sweet 15-mile trek through some of the most gorgeous country you'll ever see.
One of the best things about a mountain biking adventure in The Territory is you don't have to go it alone. We have a wealth of services catering specifically to bike enthusiasts. From Bike Friendly businesses to bike shops, tour guides and other services that will keep you on two wheels throughout your journey. Since it will take at least a weekend to explore all these trails, allow us to suggest a few nearby lodging options that will make the perfect base of operations for your mountain biking adventure. We have some great hotels and motels that run the full range from full-service to budget-friendly, awesome vacation rentals if you're coming up with a group of friends or family, and plenty of camping if you're more into roughing it. We even have some bed and breakfast options if you'd like to pair that mountain biking trip with a little romance as well. See you on the trails!