Thanks to the diligent efforts of Trail Specialist Jason Wells, the Sandy Ridge Trail System is opening two new trails in time for the holiday weekend. This brings the total to 15 miles of flow-tastic singletrack nestled in the foothills of Oregon's iconic Mt. Hood.
Follow the Leader is a 1.65 mile advanced trail that features a challenging double-black diamond segment. Riders start at the upper info kiosk and traverse several scree fields before fording Little Joe Creek. From there, the trail drops 350 feet in the next mile with exposure, big grade reversals, and plenty of opportunities for skilled riders to leave the ground.
Flow Motion is a 0.75 mile intermediate flow trail with loamy, pine-needle topped soil and more than fifteen berms. The trail drops 275 feet through a nice Doug fir and hemlock forest before crossing the road and tying directly into Lower Hide and Seek. The trail has a great pedal-to-payoff ratio with an easy return using Homestead Road, ensuring that it will see lots of sessioning.
An updated map can be downloaded from the BLM's website here.
Thanks, as always, to BLM staff Zach Jarrett and Adam Milnor, Sam Hardy and the crew from Antfarm YouthCore, and volunteers from Northwest Trail Alliance. Photos by IMBA's Leslie Kehmeier.