Dalles Mountain 60

Development Route

This is one of the the first, if not the first, published gravel route in The Dalles / Hood River region. We believe it was originally published by the guys at Our Mother Mountain. This route “kick started” the gravel cycling scene in Columbia River Gorge area. It is more road than gravel, has a bit of traffic along certain segments … but the views are big and so worthwhile. The ride is exposed to both sun and wind. However, it is a good early season ride as the elevation never gets above 2500 feet.

Bucky Rides has a very complete and detailed description of the route.

We have classified this route as a Training Route in that it lacks some of the more adventurous elements of gravel cycling that we love and it has several segments on state highways (~ 20 miles of riding in total). We have not ridden this route, but we are familiar with many of the roads. We do not consider this a destination ride, but if we lived in the Hood River / The Dalles area it would be a go to route 1 to 2 times per year.

We strongly suggest a red blinky light for this ride. And … there is food / water at Biggs Junction, about the halfway point.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 59 miles / 3900 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 30% gravel, 70% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 25 min east of Hood River, Oregon
– Published: March 2020

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to distance / elevation gain.

The Start

Holstein’s Coffee in The Dalles.
Lat / Long:  45.597579, -121.175456


Downloads

Wahoo / Garmin Direct Download
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with GPS files, the RideWithGPs mapping app and to learn how to download our routes for free, see the “Using Our Rides” page.

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