Bright sunlight shines through the forest onto one of the Sandy Ridge mountain biking trails as bike rider is airborne

Year Round Mountain Biking on the Sandy Ridge Trail

Molly Johnson | 03/01/2019 | Biking, Recreation, Sandy, Trails

Mountain Biking, Sandy Ridge Trail

The Sandy Ridge Trail System is a mountain biker's paradise with nearly 20 miles of flowing single-track trails of all difficulty levels on the lower slopes of Mt. Hood. They range in length from 3/4 of a mile to 5 miles and the courses wind through glorious forest and along sparkling streams, so you can take in a bit of scenery while enjoying the ride. 

Homestead Loop Trailhead sign in front of forest at the Sandy Ridge Trail System in Oregons Mt. Hood TerritoryIt was designed with great attention to detail in order to provide mountain bikers with a high quality year-round experience. Ensuring drainage and trail compaction was a point of emphasis so the trails could withstand the rains of the Pacific Northwest, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to invest in numerous upgrades and expansions. They have increased the parking situation dramatically, moving from 36 standard parking spaces to 151 large standard spaces plus 6 large vehicle spaces for RV, trucks with trailers or converted vans. They have added four designated event locations, two designed for bike demos and two that will have power and water which can accommodate food trucks. Additionally, a new vault restroom, new changing rooms, a bike wash station, a host site, new security system with cameras over the parking area, a bike hub/bus stop, 10 tailgate bump-outs/picnic sites and an interior trail that will be designated for families and children will be coming soon. 

BLM is currently in the process of finishing an additional 2.5-mile long ex-fill trail to the system that will be more of a Black and Double Black difficultly for the seasoned riders. This would help prevent high level enthusiasts from running into less experienced riders on the existing trails. 

*Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out on a trip. Use caution and best judgement based on your skill level when there is heavy snow, ice or rain to determine whether you should ride that day.

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 Drawing of Sandy Ridge Trail upgrades to parking lot and trails by Bureau of Land Management in Oregons Mount Hood Territory.

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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