Bonnie Meadows/Boulder Creek
Trailhead Elevation: 5250 ft
Trailhead: From Hood River, head south on Highway 35 for just over 33 miles and turn off at the Mt. Hood Meadows exit at Bennett Pass. Turn left (east) onto Bennett Pass Road (Road 3550) and head uphill toward the southeast as the road gets progressively rougher. At just over 37 miles total, turn right on FS 4891 toward Bonnie Meadows and then left into the campground after another mile or so. (The final bit of FS 3550 before hitting FS 4891 is very narrow and rough; a smoother but longer route to this area is down FS 48 from Highway 35 and then up roads 4890 and 4891.
Highlights: Some old-growth forest, clear mountain streams, a nice swimming lake and very lightly traveled trails. Trails can range from well-groomed to very faint, with a good chance of encountering last winter’s blow-down. Check with a bike shop in Hood River for the latest trail conditions.
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.