Sandy Ridge Trail System
Salem District | OR
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
During the month of August, the BLM will be installing a voluntary donation tube at the Sandy Ridge Trailhead. All donations will go directly to the maintenance and improvement of the Sandy Ridge Trail System.
New and improved offerings for beginners are set to open at Sandy Ridge for the July 4th weekend. Homestead Loop and Laura's Line (previously Laura's Loop) have been "remodeled" to improve the area for entry-level riders. Check to the right for an updated map.
Interested in public transportation that gets you to Sandy Ridge? Tthe new Mountain Express service offers at least five buses per day to the Hoodland area. When combined with MAX and Sandy Area Metro service, the Mount Express provides connectivity from the Portland metro area. The Mount Hood RV Village is the closest Express stop to the trail system. For more information, follow the link to the right.
The Sandy Ridge Trail System provides new trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. Located on a ridge just west of Mount Hood and above the Sandy River, the trail system winds through a typical Western Oregon forest of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and various hardwood species.
The Sandy Ridge system now offers over 15 miles of single-track trail ranging from beginner flow trail to narrow technical trails with exposure. The system was designed and built with assistance from the International Mountain Biking Association and Antfarm YouthCore with the intention of providing a high quality mountain biking experience. Input was also solicited from user groups such as Northwest Trail Alliance and local stakeholders during the multi-year Sandy River Basin planning process.
Trail users must stay on designated trails. The trail system is located outside the southern boundary of the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit. Entering the Management Unit is strictly prohibited and punishable under federal law. Staying on designated trails ensures compliance with this order.
Photos courtesy of Josh Kling/Western Rivers Conservancy, Tim Zimmerman and Shane Wilson/IMBA.
From the east side of Sandy, head east on US Highway 26 (Mount Hood Highway) for 11.4 miles. Turn left on Sleepy Hollow Dr soon after a large sign indicating a left turn for Marmot. NOTE: This will be the second turn-off for Sleepy Hollow Rd. Once on Sleepy Hollow, go 0.3 miles and turn right on E. Barlow Trail Rd and over the Sandy River. After 1 mile on E. Barlow Trail Rd, look on the left for the signed Sandy Ridge Trailhead which has parking for nearly fifty vehicles, a restroom and visitor information.