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5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,919' 585 m
Descent: -316' -96 m
High: 4,015' 1,224 m
Low: 2,145' 654 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

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

Leslie Kehmeier

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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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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
Oct 12, 2015
Alec Kisiel

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