October 5, 2016
Traversing Surveyor's Ridge has been billed by many a must-ride, Oregon classic, but not for reasons you might think. While you will find a variety of surface and terrain from smooth needle-pack under thick forest to rugged mountain side exposure; impacted rock gardens, and swooping descents; the real reason to ride Surveyor's Ridge is for the views of Mount Hood not found anywhere else by mountain bike in the Hood River area.
Surveyor's proper begins at the top of the Dog River Trail - a six mile, 2,000-foot ascending/descending trail - and runs north/south for 10 miles if you stop short of the the ridge's descent. Surveyor's is in constant undulation as it hops from one side of the ridge to the other exchanging unparralled panoramas of the vast Eastern Oregon backcountry with the lofty heights of Mount Hood.
Surveyor's leaves a little to be desired in terms of fun factor as any descent along the ridge is too often met with short and sometimes steep grunts keeping in check any chance for sustainable speeds. Just as fast as you enter a section of flowy goodness in the downhill direction, you are met with an equal but opposite pitch going uphill interrupting rhythm. Alas, what Surveyor's lacks in thrilling singletrack, it makes up for in views which has added to my own perspective of what "fun" really is.
Read my entire report on Hood River-area riding by searching The Hood Report on Singletracks.com