Coyote Wall: Syncline Trails

3D view of Syncline Trails

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 6

Technical: 7

Steepness: 6

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 97%

Although not a long trail system, Coyote Wall (aka Syncline) can be added to Post Canyon to fill a day of riding in the Hood River area.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 10mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:120'
Avg Ascent:3500'

Ascent Incline

11%

Duration

Avg: 2.5hr

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Hidden Valley cliffs

The dry climate makes both of these trail systems good choices when the Cascades are soaking wet.

The Crybaby's narrow singletrack at the edge of the Syncline connects to the G-force-steep The Wizard.

Little Maui is best ridden downhill, with a rocky surface which runs alongside some small waterfalls.

Little Moab Trail weaves along the edge of Coyote Wall.

Hidden Valley offers some exciting hillside exposure and narrow, rocky singletrack, always an interesting combination.

Closed to public use: Coyote Canyons winds through the woods, from orchards to pine trees.

The Gauntlet includes jagged rock gardens interspersed with tight narrow singletrack.

There are several less-ridden trails to the east, which approach the Catherine Creek drainage.

At some point these east-side trails may become posted as off-limits to bikers, so please respect any posted use restrictions (or any shotgun-toting homeowner).

The typical loops both start by climbing the hard packed Jeep Trail to the orchards.

Then go right and descend the narrow, rocky, technical Hidden Valley trail (Total: 5mi, 1400' climbing), or go left and proceed to The Wizard, Crybaby, Rattlesnake Ridge, Gauntlet and Coyote Meadows, merely risking some extreme cliff exposure (Total: 10.3mi, 3500' climbing).

Riders can also climb the fire roads if the trail seems too steep.

There are some homes in the area, so please respect their privacy (and their cows) and please close any pass-through gates.

Shuttle riders can use Courtney Road to access the top of Crybaby, and Hidden Valley provides an outer loop option.

The CW Hidden Valley or CCW Crybaby to Coyote loop offer the most gradual ascent combined with the steepest descent, but stronger climbers can handle either loop in the other direction.

Directions: I-85 to exit 64 (White Salmon) toll bridge, then go right onto SR14. Go through Bingen and continue for 2mi past town, to Courtney Rd. Go left onto Courtney and park at the Trailhead. View Larger Map. No Map?.

View from Hidden Valley Trail Syncline: Little Maui, Jeep Trail, The Wizard, Crybaby, Rattlesnake Ridge, The Gauntlet, Coyote Canyons Topo Map Little Maui Trail

Loop Directions

the landing hurts more than the fall

Syncline Area Topo Map

  • TH: Climb 1300' on the Jeep trail, starting on the grassy hillside Maui trail and passing some small waterfalls before joining with the Jeep trail. Jeep trail becomes double track at 2.6mi.
  • 2.9mi: Go left to Wizard, or right to Hidden Valley. .7mi trail to Wizard merges with then crosses doubletrack along the way.
  • 3.6mi: Climb Wizard up to the doubletrack, then go left as Crybaby trail parallels doubletrack, at the edge of the cliff..
  • 5.0mi: Crybaby turns into Rattlesnake Ridge, then briefly follows Courtney road before crossing the road and continuing to (now closed) Coyote Meadows.
  • 6.0mi: Closed: Trail makes a sharp left turn onto Coyote Meadows and descends to The Gauntlet
  • 8.3mi: Closed: Descent increases through Gauntlets technical rock garden switchbacks.
  • 9.2mi: Closed: Navigate the Coyote Canyon rock garden switchbacks then return to TH.

 

 

Trail Index

This Ride

Coyote Canyons, Coyote Meadows, Crybaby, Hidden Valley, Jeep Trail, Little Maui, Motion Sickness, Rattlesnake Ridge, The Wizard, The Gauntlet

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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