Hillbilly Weather Station

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

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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  • Nancy says:

    Amazing ride with the most incredible views! We hit a beautiful fall day with blue skies and sunshine, and could barely keep riding because we kept wanting to stop and take photos. The route is as described, a good steady climb after Klickitat trail. We loved the forest section! It was like hiking on 2 wheels. The gravel surface was excellent, not chunky, deep or rutted. I have this one marked as a favorite! Thanks so much for the route.

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      We love this route? Did you see the Hillbilly Weather Station? Comments like these really help out other riders. Thanks!

  • Alex says:

    Just did this – October 24th 2020. It went, but it wasn’t pleasant. No snow on the road yet, but it was soggy enough to make for slow going, and cold enough to get a real good chill going. Was riding with 47mm with minimal tread, and felt very stable. The views from the switchbacks going up were amazing though!

  • Neel Patel says:

    This ride is fabulous. My friend and I did this ride Oct 18, 2020, and we saw some nice fall colors. We started from the Klickitat trailhead in Lyle and our ride was 35 miles and 3875 ft of gain per Strava. In our 3 hours out we saw very few cars and all gave us a wide passing margin! The aspen north of Appleton road were a surprise and are bright gold right now! It was misting at the top but the route was fine and not too slippery (on my 700 x 36 Donnoly MSO tires). The McGowan descent is particularly fun. Definitely agree with 5 stars!!

  • Linda (aka Gravel Girl) / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

    From an email we just received: Lot’s of color along Klikitack and Columbia River gorge.

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