Hood River Training Routes

Here you will find gravel routes, near Hood River, Oregon, that do not meet our 5 Star criteria (but are still really fun to ride) or have not been fully investigated by us. Many of the routes on this page have been contributed by local Hood River riders.

The descriptions are brief, the mapping detail is less and the route accuracy is not guaranteed.  Please leave us a comment regarding the route you did and what you thought.  Thanks!


Map Legend

Black = unknown surface type
Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Blue = single track
Purple = paved bike path / roubaix

Big Mack

This is a loop that we discovered while riding and documenting Macks Canyon. The guys at Our Mother the Mountain have ridden and written about miles 17 to 42. The unknown is miles 42 to 73.

At approximately mile 40, there is water and camping at the Deschutes River State Recreation area.

Loop: 90 miles / 6200 ft gain / ~ 85 % gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
The Start: At the intersection of Sherar’s Bridge highway and the BLM access road, north of Maupin by ~ 10 miles. Park on the shoulder of the road.
Lat/Long: 45.263580, -121.023150
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Gorge Gravel Grinder

The Dalles area is one of the best spring time riding areas in the state. Moderate temps and little rain. The roads are quiet, the views are big!

This route can be shortened to 56 miles with 4400 feet of gain. At mile 41 go right onto Eightmile road. You will intersect the original course at mile 59. By Breakaway Productions.

Loop: 71 miles / 5800 ft gain / ~ 50 % gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
The Start: Firehouse park, The Dalles
Lat / Long: 45.598896, -121.135249
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Gorge Gravel Grinder – Durfur Extension

This loop when combined with the route above, can give a really big day. About 103 miles, 7400 ft gain, with ~ 55% gravel road. The loop can also be ridden as is to give a moderate distance gravel ride. By Breakaway Productions.

Loop: 46 miles / 3200 ft gain / ~ 50 % gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: Friends of Dufur park. Flush toilets. Water.
Lat / Long: 45.450636, -121.127538
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Hood River Mountain Loop (Short)

The shorter of the two versions of the Hood River Mountain Loop. And … yes, it still works you on the climb!  By JeffP.

Loop: 22 miles / 2600 ft gain / ~ 40 % gravel
Difficulty: Easier+
The Start: Park and Ride lot at junction of Highway 35 and Old Highway 30.
Lat / Long: 45.707492, -121.502227
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

Hood River Mountain Loop (Long)

Get your climbing legs on, this route will work you.  Fun, paved descent. By JeffP.

Loop: 29 miles / 3400 ft gain / ~ 40 % gravel
Difficulty: Moderate
The Start: Park and Ride lot at junction of Highway 35 and Old Highway 30.
Lat / Long: 45.707492, -121.502227
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

White River Loop – Wamic extension

A longer version of the White River Loop for those that are a bit more adventuresome or for those looking for a great introductory bikepacking route. For bike packers, this route offers plenty of campsites at the half way point and has two general stores along the route.

We have ridden most of this route and the section we did not ride, we have driven by Jeep. It is a good route! By Captain “O”.

Loop: 68 miles / 4200 ft gain / ~ 50 % gravel
Difficulty: Advanced
The Start: Maupin City Park. Flush toilets and water.
Cue Sheet / GPX file / TCX file

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