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The Barlow Road

  • Length:
    17.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Nearby Cities:
    Eugene, Hood River, Government Camp, Rhododendron, Parkdale
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge, Willamette Valley
  • Attributes:
    Double-Track, Moderately Technical

Trailhead Elevation: 4176 ft

Directions

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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: Turn south off of Hwy 35 at Barlow Pass onto FS 3530 about 36 miles south of Hood River (60 miles east of Portland). Proceed about 300 feet to a large parking area.

Highlights: Riding the Barlow Road, expect plenty of fun double-track descending, some tough climbs and lots of history as you follow the original overland route of the Oregon Trail. You can do this as an out-and-back, or shuttle/loop via paved FS Road 48.

Seasons: Early 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.

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