Hood River Mountain Loop (Long)

5 Star Route

Note: This is a 5 Star Route, meaning that it is a highly curated, premier riding route.

Get your climbing legs on, this route will work you! Fun, paved descent. Gravel Girl and Captain O of the Dirty Freehub Team have ridden this route and really enjoyed it.

This route starts in town and then winds up to the Historic Columbia River Highway (Route 30), which has gobstopping views of the Columbia Gorge …. take the extra min to turn out to the viewpoints. The route includes a tunnel perfect for cyclists. And miles 1 to 6 are closed to cars!

At mile 6, in Mosier, the route turns south, and begins climbing. The climb is deep in the forest and offers up a lot of shade. When at the top, begin an immediate gravel descent that turns to paved quickly, and offers up some great break out views.

If we lived in Hood River, this would be a go to route for us.

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 29 miles / 3400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 40% gravel, 60% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: Hood River, OR
– Published: August 2018


Moderate. Due to distance / elevation gain ratio.

The Start

Park and Ride lot at junction of Highway 35 and Old Highway 30.
Lat / Long:  45.707213, -121.502335


Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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Ridden and Reviewed by …

Gravel Girl / Team Dirty Freehub

She loves a good day of gravel like most people like a good book. She’s always amused by the outdoors and the wild adventures. Gravel Girl is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

Captain O / Team Dirty Freehub

He should have “Never Stop Exploring” tattooed on his chest! He loves adventures on bikes and is a Co-Founder of Dirty Freehub.

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