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Gunsight Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rigorous ridge trail that has spectacular views of Mt. Hood.


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Map Key

18.7

Miles

30.1

KM

35%

Singletrack

5,918' 1,804 m

High

4,684' 1,428 m

Low

2,550' 777 m

Up

2,548' 777 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Plan on late July at the earliest to avoid snow melt and to make sure the singletrack trail portion has been cleared.

Overview

The often forgotten little brother of the more well-known Surveyor's Ridge Trail, this strenuous lollipop route takes you on a steady fire road climb up to the rough Gunsight Ridge Trail. Views of Mt. Hood from the trail are spectacular and it's likely that you could have the trail all to yourself.

Need to Know

The route below describes a long lollipop loop utilizing Bennett Pass Road (FR-3550) to climb up to the scenic Gunsight Ridge. If desired, a true loop can be created by descending on the Gumjuwac Trail, #480 and adding in several miles of riding on Highway 35.

Description

The ride starts from the Bennett Pass SnoPark just east of Government Camp off of Highway 35. From the large parking area begin climbing on Bennett Pass Road (FR-3550) heading east, then south. As you pedal along the gravel road and in and out of the forest, views to the rear of Mt. Hood hint at the even better vistas that lay ahead. As you continue to climb a small clearing off the road to the right gives a direct line of sight to Mt. Jefferson to the far south.

At the four and half mile mark, reach the junction with Gunsight Ridge Trail, #685, make a hard left and head up the rocky singletrack trail. The ridge trail, with several ups, downs, and technical sections is just over five miles long and parallels FR-3550. The trail dips in and out of the forest, across open meadows, and reaches a high point of 5920 feet. Here soak in the wide open views of Mt. Hood to the west by hiking a short distance off the trail out on the rocky outcrop. The trail dips and then climbs again wrapping around Gunsight Butte before sharply descending to Gumjuwac Saddle.

Reaching the end of the trail at the junction with the Gumjuwac Trail, #480 on the left (which takes you down to Highway 35 via a series of steep switchbacks) and FR-3550, turn right on FR-3550 and retrace your way along the fire road back to the southern end of the Gunsight Ridge Trail. From here, cruise back down the fire road with a few small climbs to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Anthony Harasimowicz

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 9 votes

#843

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#843

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Photos

Incredible views of Mt. Hood from Gunsight Ridge.
Aug 11, 2013 near Governm…, OR
Halfway along Gunsight there is an amazing pile of rocks right on the ridge top with an amazing view of Hood.
Oct 25, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Crossing the first scree slope:  Easier than it looks!
Oct 25, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Back drop worthy view! Heading east.
Aug 28, 2015 near Governm…, OR
View of Hood from the amazing rock pile.
Oct 25, 2017 near Governm…, OR
The spectacular rock pile halfway along the Gunsight Ridge Trail
Oct 25, 2017 near Governm…, OR

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Check-Ins

Jun 24, 2018
Mark Engelstad
Parked on road off clear-cut. Dropped Pin near Hood River County, OR https://goo.gl/maps/uhC4rEUFfSz
Aug 13, 2017
Markus Earley
Some arduous sections of singletrack along Gunsight Trail 685, amazing vistas of Mt Hood 18.7mi
Jul 22, 2017
Carl Kloos
Jul 20, 2017
Paul James Jr
17.8mi — 2h 10m
Sep 26, 2016
Vance Dostert
Sep 21, 2016
Paul James Jr
Trail is in excellent condition!
Jul 4, 2016
Paul James Jr
18.7mi — 2h 21m
Sep 25, 2015
Michael Griffin
Parked on HWY 35 near the Gumjuwac trailhead & rode the whole enchilada as a loop, in the dark during a nearly-full moon! 22mi