Sandy Ridge is a gem of 15 miles of well-built and maintained trails on the way from Portland to Mt. Hood. Loops have riders climb the paved road (gated to cars) and descent on singletrack. There are no climbing trails at this time. Sandy holds up well in the rain and can be ridden year-round. There are trails for all skill levels from green for children and beginners, to double blacks for experts looking for technical descents or big jump lines.
ALERT: Sandy Ridge Trail system is currently CLOSED. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has temporarily closed the popular Sandy Ridge Recreation Site due to the nearby Camp Creek Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest. The BLM closed the area due to excessive smoke and to accommodate firefighting operations in the area. The site is closed until further notice. For more information, please see the BLM Sandy Ridge page: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/mountainbike/sandyridge
Parking in the Sandy Ridge main parking lot is NO LONGER FREE. BLM implemented a paid parking pass system in 2022. Passes can be purchased for single day use ($5) or yearly ($30). Yearly passes are non-transferable. The passes can be purchased on Recreation.gov via desktop or on the Recreation.gov mobile app.
In 1994 local citizens in Welches, Oregon volunteering with the Mt. Hood Corridor Community Planning Organization ( MHC-CPO) produced nearly 500 citizen letters, which persuaded the Bureau of Land Management to designate their timberlands in the Mt. Hood Corridor to be a Special Recreation Management Area.
In 1996 these same citizens also developed federal political support for a land exchange between the Longview Fibre Timber company and the BLM. This land exchange created a solid block of public land . These actions made the Sandy Ridge trail system possible. In 2006/ 2007 the BLM recreation manager Zach Jarrett began planning and developing the Sandy Ridge MTB trail system, which opened in 2009.
Construction began in 2009 and the system was opened in 2010. One of the first and still favorite trails to go in was Hide and Seek. Follow the leader and Flow Motion were opened in 2013. Johnny Royal was added in 2019.
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