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Barlow Trail

  • Length:
    167.3 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Early Spring to Early Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Dufur, Government Camp, Welches, Rhododendron, Parkdale
  • Region:
    Central Oregon, Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Dirt Road, Double-Track, Gravel Road, Mountain Views, Paved Road/Trail, River Views, Single-Track

Trailhead Elevation: 1342 ft

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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, 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.

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This route does its best to follow what’s left of the Barlow Road, the historical wagon trail around Mt. Hood.  Beginning in Dufur, the route travels south through Tygh Valley before heading west, crossing the White River, and joining up with the Barlow Trail proper.  After climbing up the flanks of Mt. Hood along the wagon trail, you’ll have the option of descending the now-single-track Pioneer Bridle Trail, another remnant of a bygone era of wagon travel, before heading over Lolo Pass and looping back around to Dufur.

More highlights of the route include the views from Postage Stamp Butte; exploring several historic cemeteries, including the Pioneer Woman’s grave; drinking hard earned beers in Parkdale; and unparalleled views of all four sides of Mt. Hood.

Despite all the pavement, we recommend a rigid mountain bike or similar. Your tires should be about 2 inches, with some tread.

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  1. […] The Barlow Trail route explores the historical Barlow Road wagon trail, circling around Mt. Hood. Take in beautiful river and mountain views and visit historic Oregon sites. View route […]

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