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Sandy Ridge Trail System - Full Tour

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 4.6 (113) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Excellent flow and downhill singletrack; an exceptional gravity experience.


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15.7

Miles

25.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

2,594' 791 m

High

1,047' 319 m

Low

2,687' 819 m

Up

2,686' 819 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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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Overview

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 blm.gov/or/resources/recrea…

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 113 votes

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  4.6 from 113 votes
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Photos

First big hit on Follow the Leader
Jul 30, 2013 near Mount H…, OR
IMBA video of Sandy Ridge
Oct 7, 2013 near Mount H…, OR
A quick intense rock garden on Quid Pro Flow
Jul 30, 2013 near Mount H…, OR
One of the highlights of Follow the Leader - overhang section high on the trail.
Jul 30, 2013 near Mount H…, OR
A rare awesome view out of the trees from Sandy Ridge.
Jul 30, 2013 near Mount H…, OR
Rolling through the wet armored section above the bridge
Jul 30, 2013 near Mount H…, OR

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Aug 11, 2020
Steve S
Aug 8, 2020
Steve S
May 16, 2020
Konstantin Othmer
Sep 8, 2019
Matt Deniston
A few loops, sweet and wet! Trail in great condition if not a tad muddy. 12.8mi — 2h 30m
Sep 5, 2019
Katie WongCarter
Amazing!
Jul 19, 2019
AJ Mullaney
Great Ride! Fast and Fun. Lots of berms to hit. Jumps, rocks, & roots. Not too crowded or hot. The ride up buy in was as advertised, but worth it. 10mi — 3h 00m
Jul 13, 2019
Nick Giorgi
Lots of fun downhill trails. They only minus is climbing a paved road to get to the top. Well worth checking it out.
Jun 30, 2019
Dominick Olavarria