Oregon Mountain Biking Opportunities: Sandy Ridge

The Sandy Ridge Trail System provides trail opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range. Sandy Ridge is best characterized as a pedal assisted bike park, mixing together traditional backcountry riding elements with modernized trail characteristics.

This model trail system provides an experience for every rider, with 17 miles of trails ranging from machine built beginner level trails with ample opportunities to play on mountain bike features such as rollers and table tops to double black diamond expert level opportunities characterized by narrow technical terrain, dynamic mountain bike moves and high levels of exposure. At Sandy Ridge, these trails are directional and are recommended for downhill travel only. All trails are rated by difficulty.

One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, information on the Sandy Ridge Trail System was developed between IMBA and the Northwest Oregon BLM District office to provide world-class riding experiences. IMBA's data on the trail includes elevations, ratings, current conditions, photos, and comments.

Sandy Ridge Trail System

Need to Know

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Plan Your Visit

  • Season Dates: January 1 - December 31
  • Fee: $5-$20 daily depending on vehicle capacity or $30 annual at all day use sites, except Yaquina Head
  • Size: 17 miles of single-track trail
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,300 + feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Quick Links


  • From the east side of Sandy, head east on US Highway 26 (Mount Hood Highway) for 11.4 miles. Turn left on Sleepy Hollow Drive 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.

Contact Information

Northwest Oregon District Office
1717 Fabry Road, SE
Salem, OR 97306

Connecting with Communities

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The BLM and MTB Project are Connecting with Communities through a National partnership to provide an interactive ride experience. MTB project hosts the next generation of mountain bike trail maps. Click the MTB Project icon to access all the information you'll need to plan your next ride.