Punchbowl (Oregon)

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Captain O

A “short but sweet” tour of the Hood River county managed forest. A big climb, a cool paved descent (steep) and “killer” views of Mt. Hood and the Hood River. And a real treat … a dip in the river (cool, cool river) near Punchbowl falls.

Ride Details
The ride starts with a 1 mile rolling, slightly uphill paved sector that is perfect to warm up the legs and lungs. Just after crossing the Dead Point creek bridge, the climbing begins. On gravel. 2500 feet in 6.5 miles for an average gradient of 7 %. Along the way, there will be big, wide views of Hood River valley and Mt. Hood.

The climb tops out in a nondescript section of forest with a right hand turn onto Larch road. The road starts out a bit more primitive (more lumpy rocks and not less grading). But, it is really fun riding. Get a few more views and “bang”, you intersect a paved road, Kingsley Guard Station road. // Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 18 miles / 2700 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 85% gravel, 15% paved
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ Hood River, Oregon
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: October 2019

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to a steep initial climb of 2500 feet in 6.5 miles, average gradient of 7%.

When we like to ride this …

On a hot summer day, this is a really fun ride due to the spectacular swimming hole finish. However, this ride will “go” almost year round. The max elevation reached is 3300 feet and the climbing is on gravel and most of the descent is on pavement.

The Start

Dirt parking area at intersection of Punchbowl road and Lost Lake road, just after the bridge over the West Fork of Hood River.
Lat / Long: 45.589165, -121.629067

Food / Water

None.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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