Distance one way: Approximately 12 miles
Elevation change: 913′
Link to the Strava segment from north to south
Directions: To get to the north end of the trail, from Hood River, drive south on Highway 35 to Pine Mont Road (near the lumber mill on Highway 35). Take a left, and head up to Bald Butte. Park under the power lines in the clearing, and the trail will climb from the south side of the parking area. Look the other direction, and you’ll see the top of the Kitchen Sink trail. To drive to the south end of the trail, follow highway 35 past Parkdale to the 44 Road, just before Little John snowpark. Go 3.5 miles up the 44 Road, and the Surveyor’s trailhead will be on the left.
Coming from the Pine Mont Road side, there’s approximately 7.5 miles of singletrack before the trail follows an old doubletrack through the forest. The singletrack mostly follows a ridgeline, where you”ll have spectacular views of Mt. Hood. Most of this ride is shady, and most of it is rolling. Your legs will have recovery opportunities. You’ll climb a bit more from the north end than you will from the south, but the northbound trail is not, by any means, a downhill shuttle run!
If you take Surveyor’s all the way down the doubletrack, you’ll have the opportunity to link into Cook Meadows Trail, which climbs towards High Prairie, or you can link into Dog River Trail, which descends to Highway 35. Add on a couple miles of pavement, and you can link Surveyor’s to Knebal Springs, Bottle Prairie, or any of the other trails in the area. By mid-summer 2013, a new trail should eliminate the need for pavement riding.