Hillbilly Weather Station

5 Star Route

Hillbilly Weather Station – a rock hanging from a string suspended from a structure like a tree branch

If rock is wet … rain
if rock is dry … no rain
if shadow on the ground … sunny
if white on top … snowing
if can’t see the stone … foggy
If the stone is swinging … windy
If the stone is gone … tornado

You have to love the humor of the Hillbilly Weather Station, one of the many reasons to do this ride. The others: incredible views of the Hood River, a few miles of the Klickitat Trail, a switch backy and viewy climb up Fisher Hill, rolling farmland, and a blasting-fun paved downhill. Oh, and lots of wildlife which for us included deer, wild turkeys, and a bear. And let’s not forget the vineyards.
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Adventure / Gravel Route

– Lollipop: 48 miles / 4400 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 62.5% gravel, 1% Roubaix, 36.5% tarmac
– eBike Approved: No
– Location: ~ 15 min east of Hood River, Oregon
– Course by: Dirty Fingers Bike shop
– Published: August 2019


Moderate. Due to a distance and elevation gain.

When we like to ride this …

We really like this route early morning, mid-summer, when the skies are clear. Why? The flowers are in bloom, the views are big and the forested canopies give a nice cooling effect. However, the route goes almost all year. The exception is when there is snow in the hills. The maximum elevation on the route is 2500 feet.

The Start

Coyote Wall parking area. At the intersection of Courtney road and Highway 14.
Lat / Long: 45.700629, -121.401428

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road
Purple = Roubaix

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