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Craig McCurdy 10-21-2010 08:37 PM

Hood River, OR. Rides out the backdoor
This is my start at posting some of the rides we do right out of our garage. No truck or trailer, just get on the bikes and ride! Why I have waited to try this on what looks to be the last nice fall day before six days of rain and snow down to 3000' is beyond me. And then again it might be just the reason, I wanted to find a route from one canyon to the next one to the south. With rain in the forcast this might be the last time before snow on the ridges and mud everywhere to the west of Hood River.
This is looking East from the top end of Green Point Canyon
Ottertail Lake and some great fall colors.
Mt Hood to the south
Mt Adams to the North in Washington
Found a very well hidden ridgeline trail (on a very old road) that was lots of fun!
Which ended up on some very beautiful old pine needle covered road. Just a note to go along with this photo, when I find road like this anymore I like to practice to the best of my ability "No trace biking" so that it looks like this for the next rider!
After about a 2000' descent, back to good old USFS single lane road one canyon to the south and a new route with more to come!

smilin jack 10-21-2010 09:52 PM

Hood River Rides
Craig McCurdy, that was a great ride with pictures.

Too bad we didn't see this last week... My two friends camped a week up on Surveyors ridge and got home yesterday.


Craig McCurdy 10-21-2010 10:33 PM

Next time! Miles and miles of good rides to the east of the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood :evil

Craig McCurdy 10-21-2010 10:48 PM

For a nice two hour ride from town there is always the road up to Cloud Cap at 6000' on the north side of Mt Hood. Great views and camping on hot summer days! It will soon be under 6 to 10' of snow for the winter and some great skiing instead.

Craig McCurdy 11-01-2010 12:17 AM

Fir Mtn. to Mosier Creek loop
Sunday afternoon turned out to be nice so a friend and I got out and put a few miles on.
If you want to find this spot in the photo below!
45deg 35.919' N
121deg 30.030' W
We ended up getting between 6 to 8 miles of very fun single track!:clap
Also some great fall colors
Mt Adams to the north in WA.
View of the Columbia River
And back down into the Hood River Valley.

prometheus rising 11-01-2010 04:58 AM

Sweet :thumb

svenoman 11-04-2010 06:13 AM

Makes me want to move to the Pacific Northwest.
Thanks fot the pictures. I have done some skiing out there but never
any 2 wheeling.

JaxObsessed 11-04-2010 07:31 AM

:thumb Gorgeous!!! Thanks!

Though I have to say :fyyff cuz I'm jealous:baldy the confluence of I-95 and I-695 is out my back door.

Craig McCurdy 11-04-2010 11:23 AM

Thanks! Just remember there is great riding everywhere, sometimes you just have to go and look for it! That's why we ride... :wings

Craig McCurdy 11-16-2010 08:27 PM

Rain to the West dry to the East
So we got a nice day, just one thing to do about that. Go for a ride!:clap With rain to the west we headed for the mountains to the east of Hood River. Last night we had a weather front go though with some wind so right off the start we found a few trees.
Guess what was left at home, yup, saw! Lucky for us we only had a couple of them to work around.

Just North of the Ketchum Ranch

The shot below is looking south into Mosier Creek canyon which we rode around to the south at about the skyline.
We worked our way back to the west and the Hood River Valley.
And 76 miles later back to 5 miles of blacktop for our ride back to the house just before dark!:freaky
And the forecast for tomorrow, 80% chance of RAIN!!!:ricky:ricky

Craig McCurdy 11-17-2010 02:07 PM

80% Chance of rain!
We could not help it, just had to get out in the woods. We did manage to get in some fun, rain and even a few snow flakes.
Mt Hood a couple of minutes before it disappeared in the clouds!
Riding back above the Hood River

wachs 11-17-2010 02:19 PM

Sweet! Ride that stuff before the snow flies huh? :clap:clap

DireWolf 11-17-2010 02:28 PM

That's one sweet KLX.


Craig McCurdy 11-17-2010 02:30 PM

You got it! And we have some really sweet bags for both bikes to keep everything dry :evil just not on her bike today!

That KLX is having a blast!!!

Lava 11-20-2010 04:46 PM

One more photo from up on Huskey Road
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Hi Craig,
Here's another for you. The maiden voyage of my drz-400s up above the clearcut on Huskey Road one of those nice Fridays we had a few weeks ago. Give me a shout next time you guys go out. I've been going out solo, which is fun, but probably not too smart.

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