“The tough and rugged Surveyor's Ridge Trail is worth all the effort for postcard views of Mt. Hood.”
— Anthony Harasimowicz on Jul 31, 2013
RestrictionsTarget late summer for this ride to ensure snow melt is gone and the trail has been cleared.
OverviewOne of the top trails in the state of Oregon, Surveyor's Ridge is a Pacific Northwest must-ride. A true ridge trail with aggressive short climbs and descents throughout, technical rocky sections, open alpine meadows, and above all - unparalleled views of Mt. Hood.
Need To KnowThis ride starts from the small but, less crowded parking area at the end of Pinemont Drive/FR 17 which is just 11 miles south of Hood River off of Hwy 35 (Northwest Forest Pass required).
DescriptionFrom the parking area under the transmission towers, ride back out to FR-17 and head south to start the fire road climb to the junction with FR-44. The hard-packed gravel road climbs approximately 1000 feet in 10 miles, so the grunt is gradual. Along the way you'll have a few sneak peek views of the mountain from the road.
Reaching FR-44 turn right and follow the paved road for two miles to the junction with FR-620 and find Trail #688, Surveyor's Ridge Trail on the right. Past the gate, the trail enters the forest heading downhill and due east toward Dog River. After crossing the river, pick up the rocky doubletrack that climbs and winds counterclockwise around a small butte. As you ride back toward FR-17 keep a close lookout for Trail 688 on your left.
Now on to the main course, the balance of the route is rocky, technical, and littered with short climbs and descents. Here is where you have a chance to test your leg power and maneuvering skills. There are a few random dirt road crossings, but the main trail continues north running parallel along FR-17. Several viewpoints along the way have uninterrupted views of Mt. Hood to the southwest. Nearing the end of the trail, bypass Oak Ridge Trail 688a, which would bring you all the way down to Hwy 35 (and would be a brutal climb back up). From here, the trail heads just a mile further returning to the parking area completing the loop.
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