Sandy Ridge

4.73 out of 5
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↑ 4,300 ft
↓ 4,900 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
Updated Description 7/714:

The Sandy Ridge Full Tour is comprised of three different downhill runs and is an excellent way to see most of the trail system.

Starts with a pedal up Homestead Road to the lower trail-head to the upper kiosk.

First run: Jump on Follow the Leader (like eating dessert first!)and get your thrills on the very first run. Although it starts mellow with a few big boulders and a couple of scree fields, the excitement and challenge ramp up quickly after fording Little Joe Creek. From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with some exposure and big grade reversals.

At the bottom make a right and dump out to Homestead and pedal back up to the top.

The second helping will have your your legs and arms burning by then end. Tackle Rock Drop, a short climb to access Communication Breakdown. Settle in for a bit more pedaling - you'll be rewarded with a couple of stellar views and a steady descent to Quid Pro Flow. From here enjoy some jump action with big tables, rollers and a few hips.

Roll into Three Thirty Eight for a short connection to Two Turntables and a Microwave. Drop in off a shallow rock slab and then whip through a few tight berms. From there the trail stretches out and travels pretty fast into a big berms. The bottom portion of the trail is fast, loose and tight. Have fun and hang on tight!

Join Hide and Seek briefly above a major creek crossing. Check your speed before rumbling over the wet armored section that make a tight right hand turn into a bridge. From here, ride the Hide and Seek connector back out to Homestead Road.

And now for the finale!

Turn left and pedal up a short distance to the Flow Motion connector. Take a right and pedal up a bit and then bear right again.

Ready for some fun? Charge down Flow Motion, a trail with incredible soil and more than fifteen berms. The trail drops 275 feet through a Douglas Fir and Hemlock forest.

Finish the ride by transitioning to long carving tuns of lower Hide and Seek.

Previous Description:

Three trails have been completed so far for a total of about five miles. Hide and Seek is an intermediate, four-mile descent dropping from an elevation of 2,280 feet to 1,120 with roots, rocks,rollers and jumps built into the trail. Laura's Loop is a 0.75-mile beginner circuit near the gate with smooth, easy trails but some moderate inclines. The Three Thirty Eight loop at the top is about 2.25 miles and features advanced and intermediate terrain.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: Free parking? -JaronBarney

A: Yes

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Q: I'll be out there next week and get to ride one day. Locals recommendations on trail order(best to start, most fun, etc.) any Suggs will be much appreciated!!!! -Brian Eister

A: For me I like to do flow motion into lower hide and seek and then Laura's loop which going on to the trail to the bottom. Its fun. A lap around homestead loop for a warm up and to make sure everything feel good on the bike.

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Reviews (22)

Bunny Hop

October 26, 2017
Review: Running really well! Few puddles but no mud

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Granny Gear

April 6, 2017
norsemen Granny Gear  
Review: As everyone else has stated, the initial climb is broootal, but the ride down is sublime singletrack with excellent flow. If you are in the area you would be hard pressed to find much better downhill without the crowds.

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September 9, 2016
Review: Killer network full of great singletrack - flow and technical. The ride up the road is no fun, but it's through cool OR forest, and the DH is worth it. Did Communication Breakdown - Quid Pro Flow - Three Thirty Eight - Two Turntables and a Microphone - Hide and Seek. Definitely ride here if you're around.

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Bunny Hop

July 15, 2016
Review: Upstate NY mtb'r visiting for a day, rented a salsa horsethief and it was the sweetest ride of my life. Well done PNW, well done...

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July 9, 2016
Review: The upper part of Hide & Seek is a little rough for hard tails, but enjoyable. If you hit the midway cut off you can swing into Flow Motion then drop back into a very enjoyable and smooth ride on lower H&S. The hardest part of the climb is the initial part then maintains constant grade after the power lines. Excellent job by the volunteers who maintain the trail system! I enjoyed it so much Inwent back for a second time later in the day. Check out the MT Hood Express shuttle and it might be possible to ride Sandy, then hop on the shuttle and get taken up to Timbeline Lodge for Timberline to town and Pioneer Bridle Trails.

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Granny Gear

May 4, 2016
Ryan Carey Granny Gear  
Review: Fun for beginner to expert. I tried Follow the Leader and had to turn back at the boulder jumps. After changing course I decided on Hide and Seek, and it was amazing.

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Bunny Hop

October 6, 2015
ducklover3 Bunny Hop  
Review: Amazing trail system. Brutal climb to the top but you earn your downhill thrills totally worth the climb my favorite loop is rock drop to quid pro flor three thirty eight to two turntables to lower hide and seek the best loop with the most trail riding

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October 3, 2015
Lee Harris Gramcounter  
Review: I was a little set back at first at the idea of a 3 mile climb up a paved road but it was worth it. See our full review and video here:

Similar Trail: Alsea Falls, Dead Mtn

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August 11, 2015
Review: Great trial network with lots of variety. Road climb up is long but not too tough. If only shuttles where available on weekends! I'd pay good money for someone to provide this service.

Similar Trail: Timberline to Town

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December 16, 2014
Review: Interesting concept: ride 4 miles up a paved road, then choose your own downhill adventure. In theory, you could ride up the trail, but you risk serious injury to those coming down as it is fast in most sections so please, do not ride up unless you're the first car there in the morning. What a paved uphill does offer is the ability to get back up quickly to drop in again and again. I can usually fit 3-4 downhill runs in under 2 hours. Awesome trail. Favorite among Portlanders.

Similar Trail: Cold Creek, Timberline to Town

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Sandy Ridge MTB Trail 4.73 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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