8 Mile Loop/ Tr #459

3.88 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Leaving Bottle Prairie this trail heads downhill for a 2.5 mile, very fast singletrack ride through the forest along eightmile cr. Although there is a lot of downed trees in the area I didn’t find any across the trail, but stay alert, its easy to gain a lot of speed on this section. At the junction with Eightmile crossing (start option #2) proceed left, at this point you will re-acquaint yourself with 1st, 2nd and maybe 3rd gears once again as the trail climbs about 900’ via switchbacks in the next 1.5 miles. Once on top of the ridge you will run across a short spur to the R that leads to t he base of a fire lookout station at 4627’, a great spot for a break. Back on the main trail you’ll have .5 miles of fast downhill before crossing a F.S. rd and a bit more climbing before the final mile of single track back to Bottle Prairie.
This a great singletrack trail that is well maintained and obviously a popular route for the locals here. Please ride with respect.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (9)


July 19, 2016
Review: I really like this trail. Although either direction would be fun, I rode Knebal counterclock then 8 mile clockwise. After climbing only about a mile on Knebal, it opens up to some higher speed flow in and out of meadows and hillside trails. The climb out is a mild grade. 8 Mile offers an epic view about halfway through as you climb to a fire tower. I'm most anxious to get back out there to ride it counterclock to descend the long creekside trail rather than climbing out at the end. Great trails with a remote backcountry feel.

Similar Trail: 15 mile


August 23, 2015
Review: Everyone should ride this trail. If you are a beginner, this is the perfect ride to gain confidence. Just over 6 miles, the loop can be ridden in either direction. More seasoned riders can tie in a loop with Bottle Brush Prairie and Knebel Springs Trails. Leaving from the same TH you can manage 17 miles and 3,000' elevation gain along that route.


June 2, 2015
Charlie29 Gramcounter  
Review: This is a great ride with awesome views! Stop in and get a map in Hood River as there are a lot of options here. Ride as much of this area as you can, your riding on an active volcano!

Granny Gear

August 31, 2014
Review: I rode this trail a year ago as my second ever MTB trail. The trail system links are quite decent in this area. (Did Knebel Springs same time last year, and that's a GREAT trail). The flow down to 8 mile CG is pretty awesome. Though, there was one corner that snuck up on me because I wasn't paying close enough attention. I damn near launched off the trail and right into a downed log. Whoops. Definitely a medium beginner level trail.

Similar Trail: Knebel Springs

Granny Gear

July 7, 2014
Review: Rode this clockwise. Dirt was in good shape but getting dusty. Great trail for beginners. Just enough exposure to all the requisite skills required without being too much. The trail should motivates you to practice for more challenging intermediate single tracks. If you aren't a beginner, ride one of the many other trails in the area.

Granny Gear

August 16, 2011
smeds76 Granny Gear  
Review: The trail was in great shape. Very easy to find and well marked. A really great intermediate loop. The ride is nice both directions but counter-clockwise gives you the flowing decent down the creek to 8 mile campground... really nice!


May 8, 2010
AK_Dan Singletrack  
Review: I just pulled this up on google, the road is called Brooks Meadow rd but also labeled Natl Forest Develop rd 44 on the map. It is aprox 25 miles south of the town of Hood River. I hope they havent completely logged this area since then, it wass a pretty cool ride.

Granny Gear

May 8, 2010
Review: I realize the directions are a few years old but I looked for this and was unable to find it because I had no idea how far to drive on 35 to reach "road 44" or if "road 44" had been renamed.


November 1, 2007
AK_Dan Singletrack  
Review: At about 1 mile up the switchbacks I ran a cross a notice stating that the trail was closed ahead due to logging operations. Not hearing any chainsaws I continued on only to find there had been logging there but not anything current, the trail was open and free of any debris. Given a chance to do this trail again I would start at #2 – I prefer to get all the climbing over and done with and save the downhill for the end, the campground area would also provide a safer place to park your vehicle.

* Review edited 11/1/2007

8 Mile Loop/ Tr #459 MTB Trail 3.88 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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