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Pioneer Bridle Trail

  • Length:
    8 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Rhododendron, Government Camp, Welches, Zig Zag
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge

Trailhead Elevation: 1745 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, 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.

The eight-mile, intermediate-level Pioneer Bridle Trail parallels Highway 26 and connects Rhododendron with Government Camp. The single-track twists through dense forests and includes some technical rocky sections. Riders can continue riding to climb to Timberline Lodge via the Enid Lake, Cross Town and Glade Trails.

Trailhead: Follow Highway 26 east through the city of Sandy toward Mt. Hood. Pass through Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron to the Tollgate Campground (about 1/2 mile east of Rhododendron) on the south side of Highway 26.

Seasons: Spring – Fall (snow-dependent)

Note: Be careful crossing Highway 26 approximately 4.6 miles from the start point. To create a 22-mile loop ride, return to the beginning via Still Creek Road (Forest Road 2612), located just south of the Still Creek Campground.

Download a PDF version of the route map.


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