Sandy Ridge Trails

3D view of Sandy Ridge Trail

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 5

Technical: 6

Steepness: 6

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 80%

The very-popular Sandy Ridge trail system is located on the southern boundary of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit, part of the Homestead Trail System.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 10mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:1100'
Avg Ascent:2100'

Ascent Incline

8%

Duration

Avg: 2hr

Weather
Forecast

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Review

View of Sandy Ridge Hide and Seek Bridge

Built by NW Trail Alliance. Currently too short to be a ride destination, with up to 15mi of trail development planned. Low elevation and easy access to Portland ensure the continued popularity of this well designed, twisty singletrack.

Hide and Seek is a 3mi (1100' descent) with roots, rocks, rollers and jumps providing enough technical challenges to keep the entire descent interesting. Laura's Loop is a .75mi beginner loop near the gate with smooth, easy trails, also good as the final descent to the TH.

New trails are in the works, such as Communication Breakdown and Rippity-Do-Da. Three Thirty Eight (1.7mi) and Quid Pro Flow (1.6mi) offer a chance to linger near the trail system summit, before the Hide and Seek roller coaster ride back to the TH.

Rock Drop is the most technical area and the upper half of Hide and Seek contains plenty of rock and root drop offs, leading to reinforced, banked curves and the temptation to do something stupid.

All of the trails are one-way (and well marked), so every ride starts with a 3.4mi FR14 (Homestead Rd) ascent (an 8% grade paved road and well worth the effort).

 

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Hiking

The Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness area offers some easily accessible hiking trails, covering the steep terrain of Huckleberry Mountain and McIntyre Ridge, south to Eagle Creek.

Bonanza Tr786 TH is on East Grove Ave and follows Cheeney Creek before switchbacking to Plaza Tr783.

Plaza Tr783 and Mcintyre Ridge Tr782 are the two north-south ridgeline routes to Douglas Tr781. Plaza Tr783 continues past Coffman Camp to Sheepshead Rock (4,460’), then descends to FR4610 Abbott Rd.

Mcintyre Ridge Tr782 breaks in and out of the trees on the east side of the ridge, with open views of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness and Mount Hood.

From the SE Harvey Rd TH, Douglas Tr781 is the main east-west connector, offering open views from the ridge along Wildcat Mountain'

The very popular Eagle Creek Tr501 offers numerous creek side campsites, and passes through old-growth Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar forest as it gradually ascends to the Eagle Creek headwaters.

Directions: See Map. From Sandy, go east on US26 for 11.4mi then take the second left for Sleepy Hollow Drive (across from the Windells camp), then right onto FR25 (East Barlow Trail Rd) and continue 1mi to the locked gate at FR14 (Homestead Rd). View Larger Map. No Map?.

Sandy Ridge: Hide and Seek, Quid Pro Flow, Three Thirty Eight, Laura's Loop, Rock Drop Trails Topo Map View of valley from Sandy Ridge Communication Breakdown trail

Loop Directions

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Sandy Ridge Area Topo Map

  • TH: Park in the parking lot, by the Homestead Road gate or along the road. Ascend FR14 (Homestead Rd) 3.3mi to just beyond the wooden information booth. The trail at the information booth is the start of Hide and Seek. Go up the road a few dozen feet then go left onto the next trail, which is the start of Three Thirty Eight Trail.
  • 3.6mi: Go right onto Quid Pro Flow and traverse the minor butte, crossing an abandoned road at 4.6mi.
  • 5.3mi: Go right onto Three Thirty Eight and moderately ascend to a knoll, then descend to the Hide and Seek intersection.
  • 6.2mi: Bear right onto Hide and Seek at the signed, 4-way intersection. The descent is technical, with rock and root providing challenges along the way to the bridge. Cross the bridge at 7.7mi, then pass the FR14 intersection, after which the trail opens up into curvy, reinforced bank cruise to the lower intersection with Laura's Loop at FR14. Watch the speed or expect to go airborne from the sometimes gravelly curves.
  • 9.1mi: Cross FR14 and complete the descent to the TH on Laura's Loop. Watch for other riders on this beginner loop.

 

 

View of Hide and Seek trail sign

 

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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