Sleeping Beauty

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

You will need mind altering drugs or a tremendous vision to think the rock formation on this ride looks like sleeping beauty, but this ride is still very much a fairytale … with a magnificent climb up and through the Gifford Pinochet National Forest, with peekaboo views of Mt Adams, then “a Full Monty” display at the midway point, followed by a blasting downhill into Trout Lake.   

The Details
The route starts at the Mt Adams Ranger Station which has bathrooms (pit toilets), good parking and rangers at the information desk who really know the road conditions and weather forecasts.  We recommend you stop in and say hello.  

The route starts with good pavement and a slight uphill grade for the first 4.5 miles, making for a good warm up. When you turn onto NF-8810 (gravel), the climb becomes a consistent 4-6% grade.  As you climb up and through the serpentine curves you will spy Mt Adams, Sleeping Beauty, Steamboat Mountain and other ridge lines. Smaller gravel roads intersect 8810.  And you cross over streams … along with the Pacific Crest Trail.  **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 34 miles / 3000 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 40 gravel, 60% tarmac
– Location: ~ 35 min north of Hood River, Oregon / Trout Lake, WA
– Rideable: Spring to Fall
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: July 2019

Difficulty

Moderate. Due to gain / descent of 3000 ft over a relatively short distance.

The Start

Mt. Adams Ranger Station. Pit toilets.
Lat / Long: 46.000188, -121.541437

Food / Water

Trout Lake General store. Near the start / finish.


Downloads

Cue Sheet / GPX FileTCX File

Legend

Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

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  • Andrew K Murray says:

    Wow, this is some kind of sweet gravel riding. We parked at the Ranger Station. The mileage is very accurate, my Wahoo read 17.1 miles when we hit the top of the climb. 8810 is a great climb, never pitches above 5 or 6% and mostly smooth and well graded. The ride back down to the town of Trout Lake is fun and fast. One thing I’d recommend is wearing some day glow or high light apparel. The descent on NF23 is paved but no shoulder. We experienced only 3 or 4 cars coming from behind us, but it was a week day and I suspect a summer weekend day would see more traffic. After you turn off of 8810 and on to NF23/Randle Road. Look for a large turn off on the left just a couple hundred yards from the turn. It has a trail leading up a small hill and a great view of Mt Adams where we had our lunch.

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for the comment. Another option for safety are the red blinky lights like a Garmin Varia that have a rear looking radar. With those, you can see on your cycling computer the cars behind you, how many, how close, and how fast approaching.

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