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Old Dalles

  • Length:
    47.4 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    Spring to Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    Hood River, The Dalles, Mosier
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    Dirt Road, Double-Track, Gravel Road, Mountain Views, Paved Road/Trail, River Views

Trailhead Elevation: 349 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.

Starting in Hood River, the Old Dalles route does a big figure eight through the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, providing you with amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.   Additional highlights include several sections of lightly used gravel roads, the Mosier Twin Tunnels bike path and the long, paved descent down 7 Mile Hill Road towards The Dalles.

Services are limited along the route unless you include a short out-and-back into The Dalles.  We also recommend exploring Ketchum Road when you reach the top of the last long climb on Chenoweth Road.  Although this will require an out-and-back trip — trust us, it’ll be worth it —it has some of the prettiest riding anywhere around Mt. Hood.

A sturdy bike with wide-ish tires, preferably 32C or higher, is recommended for this route.

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  1. […] Old Dalles offers sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge from a dirt and gravel figure-8 route with plenty of climbs and descents. At just 47.4 miles with a moderate difficulty rating, this is a great route for intermediate riders. View route […]

  2. I did this with a 20 mile add-on to out beyond the Rowena crest to celebrate my 66th birthday. With two climbs as steep as I can do on gravel without spinning out, I came to realize what the extreme rating meant. But I was all alone in a beautiful setting, and grateful to be there.

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Donnie Kolb

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