Dalles Mountain 60
This is one of the first, if not the first, published gravel route in The Dalles / Hood River region. It was created by Donny Kolb and originally published on the Velodirt site (no longer an active site on the web). This route “kick-started” the gravel cycling scene in the Columbia River Gorge area. It is more road than gravel and has a bit of traffic on certain segments, but the views are big and 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
Moderate. Due to distance / elevation gain.
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
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