An old school singletrack climb and descent. Open ridge meadows with huge views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Mount Bachelor.
The climb on Chucksney Mountain Trail #3306
is steep, but not technical. The downhill on Grasshopper Mountain Trail #3569
is fast and flowy, but it's punctuated by gnarly rock gardens and a couple rocky creek crossings.
Make sure you're ready for climbing. This route takes the easier Chucksney Mountain Trail #3306
up, but it's still a beast of a climb.
Head up Box Canyon Trail #3660
until it tees into Grasshopper Mountain Trail #3569
. Take a left and keep your eyes out for the intersection with Chucksney Mountain Trail #3306
on the right in about 50 yards.
Head right, following the Chucksney Mountain Trail #3306
, and settle in for the climb. Just keep on climbing until you reach the top of the ridge where you'll break out of the trees for some amazing views.
Take a break at the top and get ready for one sweet downhill. As you head across the meadow you won't lose much elevation, but once you head back into the trees it starts heading downhill. Keep your speed under control because you tee into Grasshopper Mountain Trail #3569
pretty quickly, then take a left for miles of tight technical downhill all the way back to the Box Canyon Trail #3660
Take a right and you've got another 2 miles and 1,000' of smoother singletrack downhill to the trailhead.