MTB Project Logo

blueBlack Sandy Ridge Trail System - Full Tour

  4.6 ( 99 )

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store


15.7 mile 25.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 2,687' 819 m
Descent: -2,686' -819 m
High: 2,594' 791 m
Low: 1,047' 319 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store


Getting forecast...

Current trail conditions

Bad / Closed 19 days ago See History
Snowy - NF-14 only hike-able above the waterfall due to snow.

Popular rides nearby

Biked this trail?

Add details to help others plan their adventure.

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.

Check out the top 20 BLM Backyard to Backcountry rides!

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-


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.

New map at…

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.


Rate This Featured Ride

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Check In


Mar 17, 2019
Chris Stewart
Homestead Road snow/ice covered a mile or so up. Tough to even walk the bike. Hide and Seek very snow/ice covered with deep ruts. Come on spring! 5mi — 1h 35m
Oct 20, 2018
Jonathan Coupal
Oct 20, 2018
Joëlle Didone
Sep 3, 2018
Dan Yeah
Aug 18, 2018
Jason Luce
Aug 12, 2018
Anthony Monteleone
12mi — 1h 32m
Aug 12, 2018
Jason Luce
Aug 11, 2018
Matt Chan

Stewarded By

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 99 votes


  4.6 from 99 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star


in Oregon


870 Views Last Month
84,651 Since Aug 19, 2013
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Anonymous User
Anonymous User  
Get a shovel! Hi Juston :) Dec 11, 2015
Wes Girardi
Wes Girardi   Oregon
The climb: Way easier than ascending the same elevation on a trail or a gravel load, but it's a long grind to the top. The trail down is very nice. If I wasn't exhausted, I would have gladly gone back up to do the bottom half of Hide and Seek again! Jul 8, 2017
David H  
One of the best in the nation! Jun 14, 2018

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter