Bennett Pass Road – Out & Back
Trailhead Elevation: 5570 ft
In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.
Trailhead: From Hood River, head south on Hwy. 35 for just over 33 miles and take the Mt. Hood Meadows exit at Bennett Pass. Turn left (east) onto Bennett Pass Road (Road 3550) and park in the large lot just after passing over Hwy. 35.
Highlights: Expect great views, lots of wildflowers and some fun descending.
Note: Though this ride is aerobically strenuous, technically it is not too difficult. The route is always wide enough to provide several lines. Ride from Bennett Pass to the turn around/viewpoint at mile 9.7. (An additional 1.0 mile of optional, steep climbing will bring you to High Prairie and a fun hike up to Lookout Mountain.)
Seasons: Mid-summer through fall
A detailed map of this trail and others nearby is available through Adventure Maps, an Oregon company, at local bike shops and outdoor retailers, as well as online at www.adventuremaps.net.