Gunsight Ridge Tr485 to Boulder Lake Tr463 offers an alternative to the well-known Gunsight to Gumjuwac CW Loop ride, with more moderate terrain and less road climbing.
There are also several loop options, depending on the desired ride length and climbing ability.
The simplest ride is a 9mi OAB from the Lookout Mountain TH to the Bonney Meadows CG
View of Bonney Meadows CG TH.
The steepest section of this ride option is a 2mi, 5% climb, which is from FR3550 to the top of Gunsight Butte on the way back to the TH.
Intermediate loop: The 6.5mi, (1200', 7%) Hidden Meadows Tr472, Forest Creek Tr473 CW Loop, starting either from the lower Hidden Meadows Tr472 TH or from the Bonney Meadows CG.
FR48/FR4880 TH: Continue on SR35 to FR48S, then go to the Bonney Meadows TH or continue on to FR4880 and drive to the Boulder Lake TH.
A moderate 11mi, (2200', 7% ascent) loop ride starts at the FR4880 Boulder Lake TH, ascending Boulder Lake Tr463 to Forest Creek Tr473, returning on Hidden Meadows Tr472, with a CW loop providing an easier ascent.
Both trails are prone to treefall so be sure to check the forest service trail conditions.
FR4880 TH Loop: requiring a drive around Bonney Butte on FR48 (or start from the Bonney Meadows campground).
This 9mi (2200' ascent) ride starts with a 2mi, 12% Casey Creek Tr476 ascent to FR4860, FR3550, FR4891 then returning to the TH on Boulder Lake Tr463.
A tougher loop option starts at FR48, climbing Bonney Meadows Tr471, descending Boulder Lake Tr463, climbing Casey Creek Tr476 to FR4860 to FR3550 to FR4891, then descending back to the TH.
This 14mi (3900' ascent) ride involves a 15% Bonney Meadows Tr471 ascent AND the 12.3% Casey Creek Tr476 ascent.
Note: As of August 2012, Casey Creek Tr476 was impassible at the Crane Prairie marsh. It may be rerouted in the future so check with the forest service for current conditions if attempting that loop.
TH: From the FR4880 TH, go right on Boulder Lake Tr463 and descend .4mi to Casey Creek Tr476, then go left and climb to FR4860.
Boulder Lake Tr463 to Casey Creek Tr476 forms half of a CCW Loop, returning on FR4860, FR3550/Gunsight Tr485 and FR4891. Since the lower Casey Creek Tr476-Boulder Lake Tr463 intersection is the lowest elevation of the area, starting from FR4880 creates a better ride profile than starting from the Bonney Meadows campground.
3.3mi: Go left onto FR4860 and continue climbing .8mi to FR3550 at the Camp Windy campground, then go left to FR4891.
5.2mi: Go left onto FR4891 and descend to the Bonney Meadows campground, then descend Boulder Lake Tr463 to the FR4880 TH.
TH: Ascend Bonney Meadows Tr471 2mi to Hidden Meadows Tr472 then go left and ride .6mi around the Bonney Meadows campground, to Boulder Lake Tr463.
2.6mi: Go right on Boulder Lake Tr463 and descend past Boulder Lake and Spinning Lake, to the Casey Creek Tr476 intersection.
5mi: Go left on Casey Creek Tr476 and ascend past Crane Prairie, to FR4860.
7.9mi: Go left onto FR4860 and continue climbing .8mi to FR3550 at the Camp Windy campground, then go left to FR4891.
9.7mi: Go left onto FR4891 and descend to the Bonney Meadows campground, then use Hidden Meadows Tr472 to return to Bonney Meadows Tr471 and the FR48 TH.
Timberline Trail 600, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-G and surrounding trails form a hub and spoke trail system around Mount Hood in classic Pacific Northwest trails circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest.
The brief section of the Pacific Crest Trail 'F' shown on the Area Map extends from Barlow Pass to Clear Lake, and is the main connector trail for the Twin Lakes area.
The steep and rough Barlow Butte Trail 670 is the primary north-south connector, extending through meadows and along rocky viewpoints from Barlow Pass to the White River, near the Barlow Creek CG.
The steep Frog Lake Trail 530 returns through moss-lined forest to the Frog Lake CG from Twin Lakes Tr495. The very popular Lower Twin Lake is a short hike from the parking lot. The Upper Twin Lake offers more seclusion, with a cliff-edge viewpoint of Mount Hood and the Historic Barlow Creek Valley.
Twin Lakes Tr495 from Upper Twin Lake to PCT Tr2000-F is a narrow, rocky tread with some short steep grades.
From the Barlow Creek CG, Catalpa Lake Tr535 is a family-friendly trail, which provides easy access to a small, secluded and peaceful lake surrounded by firs and hemlocks and a rocky, rugged butte. Ascend through old growth forest, then cross Green Lake Creek and hike the gradual grade .7mi to Catalpa Lake. The trail continues around the lake to a primitive campground.
Bonney Meadows Trail 471, Boulder Lake Trail 463, Casey Creek Trail 476, Forest Creek Trail 473, Hidden Meadows Trail 472
Bottle Prairie Trail 455, Cedar Creek Trail 457, Cooks Meadow Trail 639, Dog River Trail 675, East Fork Trail 650, Eightmile Creek Trail 459, Fifteenmile Trail 456, Gumjuwac Trail 480, Gunsight Trail 485, Horkelia Meadows Trail 20, Knebal Springs Trail 474, Lookout Mountain Trail 450, Oak Ridge Trail 688A, Pocket Creek Trail 684, Polallie Ridge Trail 643A, Surveyors Ridge Trail 688, Tilly Jane Trail 643, Underhill Trail 683, Zig Zag Trail 678
Badger Creek Trail 479, Barlow Butte Trail 670, Bluegrass Ridge Trail 647, Catalpa Lake Trail 535, Elk Meadows Trail 645, Frog Lake Trail 530, Palmateer Trail 482 Polallie Falls Trail 29, Robinhood Trail 11, Tamanawas Falls Trail 650B, Tamanawas Tie Trail 650B, Twin Lakes Trail 495, White River Trail 600
Badger Lake Campground, Barlow Creek Campground, Barlow Crossing Campground, Bonney Meadows Campground, Camp Windy, Clear Lake Campground, Devils Half Acre Meadow Campground, Forest Creek Campground, Frog Lake Campground, Grindstone Campground, Post Campground, White River Station Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.