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Dog River

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (11)

A good option as climbing trail to access Surveyor's Ridge Trail with excellent views of Mt. Hood.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Singletrack

4,241' 1,293 m

High

2,147' 654 m

Low

242' 74 m

Up

2,336' 712 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

This is typically ridden as a shuttle from top trailhead (shared with Surveyor's Ridge Trail ). As such, it's one of the most consistent downhill grades in the gorge (albeit with a short climb in the middle). Always be watchful for uphill traffic, this trail sees a lot of hikers coming up from Hwy 35 to the viewpoint.

If ridden from the bottom up, it's a very strenuous and sustained climb, with only one short rolling section in the middle. There's a great viewpoint about halfway up the climb, that some folks use as a turn-around.

As an alternate option, try a lollipop loop and get all the way to the upper trailhead. After climbing up past the viewpoint, watch for the trail to split, take the left fork. This kicks out to a rarely used doubletrack road that meanders up to the upper trailhead and parking, just stay on the main doubletrack road past a few splits. It's a much better and consistent grade than the singletrack and you won't run into anyone screaming down the steepest section of trail.

The first couple pedal strokes up Dog River seem easy enough, but then you hit a couple of switchbacks and wonder what the heck youre doing. Dont worry, the trail soon levels out again into a mellow, rolling climb above the namesake creek. The side slopes are thick with wildflowers in the spring, but keep your eyes on the narrow tread.

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 the transition to upper Zig Zag. Dog River does become a high-speed descending experience, so it is best to start the ride early to minimize the likelihood youll see other people.


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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by daddymiles Kuder

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Descending the Dog River Trail with Mt Hood in the background...
Aug 8, 2019 near Odell, OR
Mt. Hood comes into view...
Aug 6, 2015 near Odell, OR
Smooth...
Aug 6, 2015 near Odell, OR
Climbing up is a bit grueling, but riding back down Dog River is worth the out and back.
Jun 7, 2017 near Odell, OR

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Sep 13, 2019
Alex Prak
Jul 18, 2019
Mike Sylvester
Super FUN trail, pretty much rideable for even low level intermediates. 6mi — 0h 45m
Jul 7, 2018
Chip MacLaren
Jun 9, 2018
Rick Silva
Aug 17, 2017
Brice Stivers
Jun 24, 2017
Jeff D.
Dog River out and back. Rode to the split of the lollipop at the top, then back down. Trail in excellent condition. 9mi — 1h 40m
Sep 17, 2016
Grant Blakeman
Aug 7, 2016
Patrick Beeson
Trail is in great shape going up though hard braking before switchbacks has created some dust-filled holes. 5.8mi