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. From the southern access point off of FR-44, the trail heads east into the forest down to, and over, Dog River
. Rugged doubletrack then takes you up and around the Dog River
Aqueduct. When the doubletrack narrows to true singletrack turn left on Trail #688.
Now on to the main course, the balance of the route is rocky, technical, and littered with short climbs and descents. 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 to a small parking area. From here you can retrace the singletrack route or complete a loop by returning south on FR-17.