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Fifteen Mile Creek Loop

  • Length:
    17.6 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Parkdale, Odell, Hood River, Government Camp
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Single-Track, Steep, Technical

Trailhead Elevation: 4590 ft

Directions

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 31 miles south on Hwy. 35 to Forest Road 44 on the left. Drive up Road 44 for 5.4 miles to the Bottle Prairie trailhead on the left.

Highlights: Miles of technical single-track, long climbs, interesting views, creek crossings and a fun descent to end the ride.

Note: Begin and end on the lower two miles of the Lookout Mountain trail along Eight Mile Creek. Be prepared for a very technical descent on Tr. 457 down to Fifteen Mile Creek as well as a long climb back up Trail 456. At the low point of the ride, where you cross Fifteen Mile Creek an optional few miles of out-and-back along the creek are possible; look for the trail heading downstream.

Seasons: Late spring 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.

Comments

  1. Fifteen mile is a classic “must do” ride. You’ll need to be in a climbing state of mind but you will be rewarded with some amazing downhill sections with technical elements thrown in… just to make it interesting.

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Scott Rapp

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