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Waucoma Ridge

  • Length:
    19.2 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Nearby Cities:
    Odell, Hood River, Parkdale
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Moderately Technical, Single-Track

Trailhead Elevation: 3166 ft

Directions

Get directions to the trailhead on Google Maps

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 downtown Hood River, go west on Oak St. to 13th St. Go left as 13th turns into 12th St. which then becomes Tucker Road. Follow Tucker to Portland Drive, turn right and follow to the intersection with Country Club Road. Go straight at the intersection as road becomes Binns Hill Road. After 1/4 mile on Binns Hill Road, go left on Kingsley Road and follow this to the Kingsley Campground at Green Point Upper Reservoir.

Highlights: A fun out-and-back ride, the first few miles of which are mellow and wide – but it becomes steeper and more technical after crossing Gate Creek. At Rainy Lake Campground the trail to the lake makes a nice hiking diversion. Also, the views from Waucoma Ridge are amazing. Please note that the “Moderate” rating applies only to the earlier parts of the route (see Note below).

Note: Only some of the roads, and little of the single-track, along this route are marked, so you will need to follow the map carefully and take notice of landmarks. This trail increases in difficulty as it goes. If you are getting over your head, turn around, because it doesn’t get easier.

Seasons: 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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