Rider51 on January 17, 2017
Gravel Segment
From NF-2820, Hood River to NF-2821, Cascade Locks, Hood River County, Oregon
This FS road is not very steep, but a long tough climb, and should be ridden past where the route ends listed here, and all the way to the summit of Mt. Defiance, the highest point in the Columbia River Gorge. Views from the top are of Mt. Hood, Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier, on clear days, all the way down to glimpses of the Columbia River. Radio towers at the top are a bit of a turn off. I'm labelling this route gravel, but a lot of it is dirt, like many other USFS logging roads. There's not a lot of reason to ride them other than the workout, and views, or because they are there. These roads were built for big trucks, and some still see car traffic, this one included. Bring lots of water, and drink a lot before heading out it's surprisingly dry and hot if in the sun going up this thing.
10.49 miles
919 ft minimum
4,039 ft maximum
3,422 ft gain
302 ft loss

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