Sandy Ridge Trail System - Full Tour

 68 votes

15.2 Miles 24.4 Kilometers



2,751' 838 m


-2,750' -838 m


2,592' 790 m


1,048' 319 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (12°)

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Excellent flow and downhill singletrack; an exceptional gravity experience.

Leslie Kehmeier

Bureau of Land Management Treasures

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, this trail was developed between IMBA and the local Salem, Oregon BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences.

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The Sandy Ridge Trail System provides new trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. Located on a ridge just west of Mount Hood and above the Sandy River, the trail system winds through a typical Western Oregon forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and various hardwood species.

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Two new trails, Follow the Leader and Flow Motion opened July 4th 2013, adding to the awesome riding found at Sandy Ridge.

Need to Know

USER NOTICE: Timber harvest adjacent to Sandy Ridge is complete. No additional hauling is expected on Homestead Road/USFS 14. Thanks to all users for exercising caution during this period.


The Sandy Ridge Full Tour is comprised of three different downhill runs and is an excellent way to see most of the trail system.

Starts with a pedal up Homestead Road to the lower trailhead to the upper kiosk.

First run: Jump on Follow the Leader (like eating dessert first!)and get your thrills on the very first run. Although it starts mellow with a few big boulders and a couple of scree fields, the excitement and challenge ramp up quickly after fording Little Joe Creek. From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with some exposure and big grade reversals.

At the bottom make a right and dump out to Homestead and pedal back up to the top.

The second helping will have your your legs and arms burning by then end. Tackle Rock Drop, a short climb to access Communication Breakdown. Settle in for a bit more pedaling - you'll be rewarded with a couple of stellar views and a steady descent to Quid Pro Flow. Frm here enjoy some jump action with big tables, rollers and a few hips.

Roll into Three Thirty Eight for a short connection to Two Turntables and a Microwave. Drop in off a shallow rock slab and then whip through a few tight berms. From there the trail stretches out and travels pretty fast into a big berms. The bottom portion of the trail is fast, loose and tight. Have fun and hang on tight!

Join Hide and Seek briefly above a major creek crossing. Check your speed before rumbling over the wet armored section that make a tight right hand turn into a bridge. From here, ride theHide and Seek connector back out to Homestead Road.

And now for the finale!

Turn left and pedal up a short distance to the Flow Motion connector. Take a right and pedal up a bit and then bear right again.

Ready for some fun? Charge down Flow Motion, a trail with incredible soil and more than fifteen berms. The trail drops 275 feet through a Doulglas Fir and Hemlock forest.

Finish the ride by transitioning to long carving tuns of lower Hide and Seek.

History & Background

Trails created with work from the BLM, IMBA and many other volunteer groups.


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Jun 21, 2017
Andy McMurray
solid. 15.9mi
Jun 10, 2017
Liquid Sterno
Wet, muddy. Torrential rain at times.
Jun 5, 2017
Kirsten Gardner
Jun 4, 2017
Adam McFadden
May 18, 2017
Brandon Dykes
This was a great trail system. Maybe a little outside my current abilities on some runs but a blast to ride. The bottom of hide and seek is perfect. 18.1mi
May 17, 2017
Chris Haverkate
It was raining when we road, but the trails are in great shape! There were a number of small puddles and soft, muddy, spots. Should try out in a co... 10mi
Apr 30, 2017
Kyle Pennell
Wet and sloppy in the flat parts but still awesome
Apr 21, 2017
Daniel Hernandez

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Anything here for a beginner? Sep 15, 2015

My friend only has a crossbike. How much of it would be rideable for him? Nov 30, 2015

Get a shovel! Hi Juston :) Dec 11, 2015

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