This is a beautiful 19.2 mile out-and-back trail through dense old-growth forest, past waterfalls, and along the gorgeous Lewis River. A few technical sections complement hard, steep climbs. Acrophobics will be stepping off their bikes for several narrow, rocky sections alongside steep cliffs.
The trail can be ridden as an out-and-back, or as a one-way trail with the return trip along the 90 road.
Because this ride is a long ways from Hood River, and close to Plains of Abraham, it’s worth getting a campsite at Lewis River Campground and heading to St. Helens for a long weekend of riding.
To get there: From Hood River, cross the Port of Hood River bridge ($.75 each way), and head west on SR 14. Just after passing over the Wind River and before you reach Stevenson, head north on forest road 30. Stay on forest road 30 through Carson and over Old Man Pass. A couple of miles after cresting Old Man Pass, turn left on Curly Creek Road and follow this down to forest road 90. Go right on road 90 and then left on forest road 9039 after a few hundred yards. Park at the river and look for the trail heading upstream on the other side of the road. For an easier ride, continue along the road to the Lewis River Campground, and ride the same trail downhill.