Windy Ridge

Imnaha, Oregon

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This ride is suited to strong intermediate and advanced cyclists. It is a great ride, with wonderful views and good single-track cycling. The outing begins at the edge of Hells Canyon along Summit Ridge. There are some excellent vistas to the east. The Seven Devils feel close enough to touch, and there are glimpses of the Snake River far below. The grassy slopes at the turnaround offer sightings into the layered Imnaha River Canyon. Summit Ridge Trail is a double-track that passes through a burned-out "matchstick forest". The road gets rougher and rockier as it rolls up and down along Summit Ridge. On the next trail, some stretches are rocky, hoof-worn, and rooty; some segments are great. There are some steep climbs, but the majority of the ascents are only moderately difficult. The return trip is more demanding. The ride is hard to get to. Hat Point Road is steep-especially the first four miles. The roads are in good shape, except for the last few miles, where high clearance is recommended. The return drive down Hat Point Road is extremely hard on brakes.

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"This ride is suited to strong intermediate and advanced cyclists. It is a great ride, with wonderful views and good single-track cycling. The outing begins at the edge of Hells Canyon along Summit Ridge. There are some excellent vistas to the east. The Seven Devils feel close enough to touch, and there are glimpses of the Snake River far below. The grassy slopes at the turnaround offer sightings into the layered Imnaha River Canyon. Summit Ridge Trail is a double-track that passes through a burned-out "matchstick forest".

The road gets rougher and rockier as it rolls up and down along Summit Ridge. On the next trail, some stretches are rocky, hoof-worn, and rooty; some segments are great. There are some steep climbs, but the majority of the ascents are only moderately difficult. The return trip is more demanding. The ride is hard to get to. Hat Point Road is steep-especially the first four miles. The roads are in good shape, except for the last few miles, where high clearance is recommended. The return drive down Hat Point Road is extremely hard on brakes."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Imnaha
Distance: 17.8
Elevation Gain: 1,680 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Summer to early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 6,720 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area 541-426-5546
Local Maps: District map for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, USGS Sleepy Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Windy Ridge

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