Laurance Lake

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl

A big, north facing view of Mt Hood is the whole reason to head up to Laurance Lake … that’s if the mountain is cooperating for the day. This route is a whole lot of pavement, mixed in with a smidge of gravel making it a perfect course for gravel newbies. Make that “newbies plus” because the last little bit up to the super scenic ridge with eye-popping views of Mt Hood will get you thinking about how to comfortably ride a gravel climb.  

Ride Details
We love a ride that starts at a cool coffee shop (the Blue Canoe) and ends at a great brewery (Solera) or barbecue place (Apple Valley BBQ). That’s the cool town of Parkdale, which is centered on local orchards but clearly taking advantage of the lost tourist who are there to snap pictures of apple trees with Mt Hood in the background. Looming is the only correct word for how that mountain hangs over this town. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Out & Back: 20 miles / 2200 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 30% gravel, 70% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ Hood River, Oregon
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: October 2019

Difficulty

Easier+. Not for the pure beginner, as the route out is a continuous climb at 3.5% average grade over 10 miles with several short pitches of 8%.

When we like to ride this …

During the summer, we like to do this ride early or late in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky and the colors really “pop”. We tend to avoid summer weekends. We also like this route with fresh snow on the mountain and the change of colors in the fall.

The Start

Red Barn park in Parkdale. Parking is alongside Clear Creek road. Water & Flush toilets.
Lat / Long: 45.519124, -121.596708

Food / Water

None.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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