We did the loop counterclockwise, which if you ask me was the wise decision. Oak Ridge Trail coming back down to the car at the end of the day is a lot of fun with very tight switchbacks. However, starting the day climbing up all of those would be a HUGE P.I.T.A to climb.
After about 4 miles of pavement on Route 35 we turned into the unassuming Dog River Trailhead and climbed for 5+ miles.
John wasn’t “feeling it” and turned around after only about 3-4 miles of climbing. Which was unfortunate because he missed the following view about 60 seconds after he turned around.
I’m not sure I blame him for turning around. My legs where just not cooperating on this ride and while I survived, it was not the easiest of days. I can’t complain though, sure beats the heck out of sitting at my work desk and playing with spreadsheets all day.
There were a fair amount of riders out on the trail. Lots of people do the shuttling option, not any we spoke to were doing the loop we were. In the long run I could have spent a lot more time exploring up there since there are so many connecting trails up on the ridge.
I’ve still got some of the classic Oregon mountain bike rides to do. Things like Oakridge, McKenzie River Trail, Waldo Lake, and many more. However, I am going to be here for awhile, so I’ve got time. Adding this to the list of completed though was well worth the effort, even with blah feeling legs.
It was a great ride, and I’ll have to get Mia up there to ride one day. I just wish it was a bit closer to home! It does give us a good reason to hit up Hood River though.
That’s about it for now.
Thanks for reading,