When I want to take my out of town friends on the best combination of incredible views & 18 miles of incredible singletrack pleasure, I take them on this ride
Views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and the Eastern Oregon plateau. After an initial 7+ gradual climb is followed by the best singletrack, buffed-out, roling terrain descent within a 200 sqare mile area ... no kidding! I know ... I have wriiten two books on mountain biking in Oregon titled, "The Singletrack Anthology Series" with two titles available - Hood River and Central Oregon.
Leave the Knebal Springs CG and climb for just over 3 miles on paved FSRD 4420. Junction with Knebal Springs Trail on your left. Continue another 2 or so miles climbing on singletrack, then enjoy 2+ miles of rolling and descending terrain to Bottle Prairie. Follow signs for 8 Mile Trail from Bottle Prairie, heading left (clockwise) on the trail with a brief climb followed by 4 ephoric miles of buffed-out singletrack fun descending to 8 Mile CG. From here, follow trail climbing 2 miles upstream following 8 Mile Creek (the trail's namesake) just over 2 miles back to Bottle Prairie. Head clockwise again, however at previously mentioned fork, bear left and head for Knebal Springs CG (where you parked). Just ahead ... the most fun singletrack descent in the area. Gradual, brake free cruising through old growth pines and mountain hemlock back to Knebal Springs CG completing the ride.
How to get there:
From Hood River, head south on Hwy 35 approximately 24 miles to FSRD44. Go left on RD44 approximately 7 miles to a 90 degree right turn in RD44. Continue straight heading for Knebal Springs Campground, about 3 miles. Ride starts at the Knebal Springs CG.