Sandy Ridge Trail System
Salem District | OR
Season Dates: 1/1 - 12/31
December 2013 Update: Winter Riding - please be considerate when riding Sandy Ridge during the winter months. Heavy rainfall and a regular/freeze thaw cycle make trails susceptible to damage. Consider other riding options when trails are muddy.
Interested in public transportation that gets you to Sandy Ridge? Beginning October 1st, the 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.
Two new trails are available at Sandy Ridge in 2013. See the new trail system map for details.
Follow the Leader is a 1.65 mile advanced trail that features a challenging double black diamond segment. Riders start at the upper information kiosk and traverse two scree fields before fording Little Joe Creek. From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with some exposure and big grade reversals.
Flow Motion is a 0.75 mile intermediate flow trail with incredible soil and more than fifteen berms. The trail drops 275 feet through a Doug fir and hemlock forest before crossing the road at the Hide and Seek Cut-off.
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. Download the Updated Sandy Ridge Trail System Map and Guide for more information.
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.