Gunsight Ridge

Hood River, Oregon

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This ride gives you everything: steep climbs, scree, narrow openings between boulders, roots, rocks, drop-offs, and precipitous switchbacks. Its highlight is the 5-mile singletrack portion along Gunsight Trail where cyclists climb up the spine of a ridge with great views of the magnificent Mount Hood. Once you reach the summit, a fast, switchback descent careens down the backside of Gunsight Ridge to Gumjuwac Saddle. Trail surface: Singletrack and gravel road. Mount Hood’s glacial peak rises majestically above the Hood and Columbia River Valleys to the north, the Willamette Valley to the west, and Oregon’s high desert plains to the east.This impressive snowcapped volcano is one of the most famous mountains in the Cascade range, inspiring countless stories and legends.
Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

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Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This ride gives you everything: steep climbs, scree, narrow openings between boulders, roots, rocks, drop-offs, and precipitous switchbacks. Its highlight is the 5-mile singletrack portion along Gunsight Trail where cyclists climb up the spine of a ridge with great views of the magnificent Mount Hood. Once you reach the summit, a fast, switchback descent careens down the backside of Gunsight Ridge to Gumjuwac Saddle. Trail surface: Singletrack and gravel road.

Mount Hood’s glacial peak rises majestically above the Hood and Columbia River Valleys to the north, the Willamette Valley to the west, and Oregon’s high desert plains to the east.This impressive snowcapped volcano is one of the most famous mountains in the Cascade range, inspiring countless stories and legends.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hood River
Distance: 19.2
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Gunsight Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/8/1998
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It's surprising that they allow mountain bikes on the trails here because it's a very popular state park. There aren't too many trails, but it's a fun place to explore. Some of the trails are temporarily close for maintenance, so call before you go. It's also a really great place to hike, as well as a world class rock climbing destination.



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