[ORRando] Mt Hood area road conditions?
durkintj at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 16:52:33 PDT 2009
The Kiwanis road is maintained to the camp, past there is deteriorating
asphalt that ends with a short gravel scramble up to Hwy 26. I think it
is well worth the scramble.
Michael Wolfe wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM, Dan Silvernail
> <dansilvernail at gmail.com <mailto:dansilvernail at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Got a couple of questions for you all, regarding road conditions
> around Mt Hood.
> The reason I ask is that next Tuesday I am doing a similar ride to
> the Barlow Trail 300, but instead of starting in Sandy, I am
> starting in West Linn and I will be cutting off the Maupin
> section. (basically, W-Linn, OR City, Sandy, G' Camp, T-Lake, 224
> to Estacada, on home)
> Sounds like a nice ride. I've done basically the same ride, except
> starting at Mt. Tabor. Do come back for the Barlow 300, as the
> descent on 216 and the climb on NFD 48 are both first rate.
> Anyway, the first question is about road 5810 that comes off of
> road 57. Is it paved? I ask because I will be descending and I
> don't really want to descend on gravel.
> 5810 is paved. The Barlow 300 uses it. The only caveat is, there's a
> section around Anvil Creek where the road disappears completely for
> about 1/4 mile, becomes hard packed single track, and you have to ford
> the creek. If you're completely uncomfortable with the surface, it
> only takes a few minutes to walk it, and in high summer, the creek is
> dry. (I did it in June on a long wheelbase touring recumbent, fully
> loaded, and had no trouble riding the singletrack and crossing the
> stream -- in the section with the singletrack, the whole road
> right-of-way is clear.) There will be a staffed control there to
> assist folks on the Barlow 300, but it really shouldn't be an issue.
> Second question: have any of you ridden on roads 29, 31, 35 and
> Kiwanis Camp? They parallel Hwy 26. I don't really mind riding
> Hwy 26 but if I can take some alternate roads it would be a nice
> change of scenery.
> The roads near Camp Creek campground, just past Rhododendron? I've
> ridden in that area (on a mountain bike ride), though I can't say for
> sure if I was on those roads specifically. It's kind of a maze back
> there, and the roads aren't well marked. I'd advise you to just stay
> on 26; the shoulder is fine.
> -Michael "won't have this kind of encyclopedic knowledge of the local
> roads after I move up to Seattle next week" Wolfe
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