Fifteen Mile Creek - Trail, Hood River, Oregon

Fifteen Mile Creek - Trail, Hood River, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

Although I've never started from this trailhead to ride this trail (I started from Fifteen Mile Creek Campground but the directions to that are a little more complicated than I can remember) You start this gruelling ride by crossing the road you came in on and heading up the twisty fast singletrack trail for about 2 miles. You'll come to a fork in the trail and stay left. From here you'll drop a mile or so into the Fifteen Mile Creek Campground. go through the campground staying to your left and you'll find the trailcontinueing down at a good clip. Another 1/2 mile or so and you'll probably miss the turn to the right as you have to cross Fifteen Mile Creek. There is a log bridge spanning the creek so it isn't a hairy water crossing at all. From here the trail plunges 5 miles into a valley and on one section the descent gets so steep that you'll want to e-mail me with thanks that I didn't lead you around the other end of the loop. But that's towards the bottom of the this difficult trail. The good news about this trail is that it has a long descent which I just described... the bad news is that what goes down must come up in Mountian Biking and it certainly holds true on this trail. You have to climb out of this valley for another 6 miles and it gets old really quick. Climb back out of Fifteen Mile Creek Campground and retrace your steps back to your car for a total ride length of 17-18 miles. This trail is steep and tecnical in some situations so if you like a challenge ride it... It'll make you hurt. And if you really want a challenge try linking this trail to the others in the area for a all day ride that will abuse your leg muscles until they feel like ground beef. From the same place you parked you can access Kneeble Springs, Eight Mile Creek, Surveyor's Ridge, and (I forgot the name of it but it's...) the road up to Lookuot mountian point from Surveyor's Ridge trailhead. E-mail me and I can give better directions if you need it.

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[Jul 17, 2017]
Brian
Weekend Warrior

Beautiful views, long climb up, long descent down.

Customer Service

If you want to truly abuse your legs, start at the small parking lot at Underhill Campground, ride the Underhill hiking path (a very lightly used path that almost disappears at times) which will eventually drop you to the point at which Cold Creek and 15-mile meet. Then ride the long slog all the way to 15-mile campground--be sure to take a few breaks to enjoy the views. Once at the campground turn around and descend Cold Creek. Be sure your tires are adequately inflated or you'll get a pinch flat in the rocky section at the end. After that it is another long climb back up (then down) Underhill to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Surveyor's Ridge

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4
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5
[Aug 18, 2005]
james brown
Cross Country Rider

15 mile trail - this is a very nice ride and all but it is a bit over rated here on mtbr.com There are several other trails in the area of FS Rd 44 (not 49 as listed by another reviewer) that are equal if not better. Sure 15 mile is longer but basically it is just a honking descent with a slog back out - several other rides (8-mile, kneble, high prairie offer more variation and similar amounts of descent especialy if linked together into one ride. Don't get me wrong, 15 mile is a great ride just don't let it over shadow the other rides nearby which I like better because they tend to be more evenly spread out over the route as far as climbs and descents go.

Customer Service

from Hood River - hwy 35 south to FS Rd 44 - left up 44 follow to 8 mile trail head - beging short climb across from 8 mile trailhead and follow signs . . .enjoy

Similar Products Used:

kneble springs, 8 mile, surveyors, gunsight, dog river

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4
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4
[Feb 25, 2005]
krashton
Cross Country Rider

One of the best trails in the Hood River area. But, it's like going into credit card debt; it's really fun at first, but a friggin' beast to pay it off in the end. Start at the Knebal Springs/Bottle Prairie trailhead and cross the road. Best in the Fall.

Customer Service

Down first, then up. The only way.

Similar Products Used:

Knebal Springs/Bottle Prairie/8 mile, Surveyor's Ridge, High Prairie

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5
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5
[May 30, 2004]
Paco Finn
Cross Country Rider

Trail is in good condition right now. Not one puddle, down tree, or dust could be found. I would suggest getting on this trail within the next couple of weeks before the "dust bowl" becomes an issue. This holds true for Kneebal Springs, 8-mile, and High Prairie.

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4
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4
[Aug 04, 2003]
jim
Cross Country Rider

Great trail, epic views and 21.5 miles of singletrack. The law applies here, what goes down, must come up. You've got some serious grinding out of 15 mile creek. A must for all serious MTN Bikers. Best to ride in the fall or the first 2 to 3 weeks after snowmelt. We rode it in early August and the dust was 3 to 4 inches deep. Like climbing through sand. This is the toughest ride in this area, If you love epics do it. If you don't like to climb, don't.

Customer Service

Start from Knebal Springs/8 mile trailhead @ Fr 120.Cross FR 44 and Start climbing up trail 450 heading up to High Prairie. when you get to the Y, head left to Fifteen Mile creek campground on trail 456(stay to the right and end up @ High Prairie) Continue climbing, after about 3 or 4 miles reach a high point at a cliff of rock formations. then descend into 15 mile campground. the trail starts at the toilet. take tr 456 descending somemore for another .5 mile. when you come to tr 457 take it and cross the creek. after 5 miles and a great descent you end up at 15 mile creek. (Its gut check time) take tr 456 back to 15 mile campground which is another 5 miles. follow your route back to the trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Surveyours Ridge, Gunsight Ridge, Knebal Springs/8 mile creek. High Praire, Dog river.

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5
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5
[Mar 01, 2003]
Jackalope

I rode this bee-awtch once, and it kicked my sorry ass. I hurt real bad. Fun as all hell though. A true challenge. I don't even want to think about linking it up with the other trails in the area or I'd surely die.

Customer Service

down then up

Similar Products Used:

Knebal Springs to Surveyors Ridge to High Prairie to Eight Mile Creek.

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4
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