Surveyor's Ridge - IMBA EPIC
ElevationAscent: 3,133' 955 m
Descent: -3,506' -1,069 m
High: 4,377' 1,334 m
Low: 1,776' 541 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“Iconic PNW riding; tough and rugged Surveyor's Ridge Trail with scenic postcard views of Mt. Hood.”— Anthony Harasimowicz
To avoid shuttling, park at either the Oak Ridge trailhead or the nearby Tollbridge Campground picnic area. The latter has shade and restrooms. Take an easy spin south on Highway 35 to warm your legs before the Dog River climb.
Just Surveyors Ridge
If you want to just ride Surveyors Ridge you can do an out-and-back from the northern (lower) trailhead or loop it with National Forest Road 17 (Pine Mont Road).
Youll hopefully be warmed up by the time you cross a small bridge because then the climbing starts in earnest. Up, up, and away! A modest descent through massive fir and pine trees signals one final push. This segment of trail does get high-speed descending so it is best to start the ride early to minimize the likelihood youll see other people.
The Dog River climb ends where the Surveyors Ridge trail starts. Take it to a short segment of Road 1720, pedal through the recently built Super Connector trail, and then start the ridgeline traverse in earnest. The stunning views of Mt. Hood will give you plenty of reason to rest between the punchy climbs and driftacular descents.
Fast, rocky sections will keep your attention towards the end of the ridgeline but make sure to rest your forearms before the final drop down Oak Ridge. Its a short but steep plunge that will have your brakes squealing in protest as you burn through thick forest down into the exposed scrub oak and wildflowers. Chattering over talus and through tight switchbacks blasted into the hillside with dynamite youll be one of the few if you can make it though without dabbing.
Youll get a brief respite as the trail hits the valley floor and then spits you back out at your waiting car. Wipe the grin from your face and make sure you can grip the steering wheel before you drive back up to your other vehicle.
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