Barlow Trail

Barlow Trail

Barlow Trail

Overview

(From Oregon Bikepacking)

Although I wouldn’t expect many of you to similarly geek out over the history of the Barlow Road, this route does its best to follow what’s left of the historical wagon trail around Mount Hood.  Beginning in Dufur, the route travels south through Tygh Valley before heading west, crossing the White River, and joining up with the Barlow proper.   After climbing up the flanks of Mount Hood along the wagon trail, you’ll have the option of descending the now single track Pioneer Bridle Trail, another remnant of a bygone era of wagon travel, before heading over Lolo Pass and looping back around to Dufur.More highlights of the route include the views from Postage Stamp Butte, exploring several historic cemeteries including the Pioneer Woman’s grave, drinking hard earned beers in Zig Zag, unparallelled views of all four sides of Mt. Hood, and enjoying more beers at Solera Brewing in Parkdale before killing the last long gravel descent back towards Dufur.

 

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Pioneer Century 2016

Pioneer Century 2016

The Pioneer Century is named to reflect the history of the Champoeg, Canby and Molalla areas. Rich farmland and timber brought the pioneers to this area and this same beauty draws cyclists today. The Pioneer Century offers great routes whether you seek a social ride or personal best.

This year I chose the

62 Miles / VALLEY METRIC CENTURY
This route offers a less challenging metric century for those who want some good scenic mileage without a lot of climbing. At 1880’ of elevation gain many riders will find this suits their needs to perfection. RideWithGPS Route Map

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Elliot 34
Since it was only about noon when I finished this leg, I decided to also ride the Elliot 34 mile segment to fill out the day.
It follows about half the same route, which I didn’t realize until I was well on my way.. RideWithGPS Route Map

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