High Prairie - TRAIL

High Prairie - Trail, Hood River, Oregon

17.5 miles of downhill (about 2 of that is uphill, and mellow at that) This is merely one of the many ways to do this (or most any trail for that matter)

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Stick Thrower   Cross Country Rider [May 24, 2006]

Good times...thanks for the entertainment. "Screw the Rules" and "Turn your American Flag upside down"...just classic posts.

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Cooks Meadow is a great trail ride, especially from the top (Rd 4410) down to 44.

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gabrielle   Cross Country Rider [Aug 07, 2005]

I rode this today as a loop, using the Cook's Meadow trail to avoid about half of the riding on 4410. If you aren't good at going over roots & logs on uphills, you will be by the time you get to the top. :) The view from the top is incredible. If you want to take the (1 mile) side hike up to the lookout, bring something with which to secure your bike. Downhill section is very fun, but getting dusty (early August). It doesn't look like this gets ridden a lot. Towards the bottom, the trail parallels 8-mile creek.

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35 South. West (left) on 44 towards Dufur. Park at the Surveyors/Dog River trailhead on the left about 3 miles before the turnoff for Knebal Springs. Head out the Surveyors Ridge Trail (688). Go about 2.5 miles to the Cooks Meadow Trail (649 I think) on the right. It's not signed from the direction you will be going, but it's a pretty obvious right. Go right up a steep short uphill to cross 44, then begin the uphill grind on Cook's Meadow. The trail tops out at a small ridge & then heads right & downhill briefly to meet FR4410. Head left on 4410. Spend about 2-3 miles of uphill swimming in gravel & hot sun, yay. At the top take a left onto FR4420. Shortly, pass a parking lot on the left at the trailhead for the lookout. The road goes back in to the woods & starts heading downhill. After about a mile, take a left onto trail 450. Enjoy the singletrack descent to 44. Take a left on 44 for an easy downhill road ride. Pick up the Cooks Meadow Trail on the right about 1/2 mile after the turnoff to Knebal & head back to the parking lot on Surveyors' Ridge. This clocked in for us at 16.2 miles.

Similar Products Used: Joining 8-mile in with this would make a neat peak-to-peak experience.
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bizzyinthecity   Weekend Warrior [Apr 26, 2004]

Very concerned about what I'm reading. This is basically what scares me most. Bicyclists who think the reason routes are closed to them and not horses, due to environmental reasons. Please learn to respect horses and equestrians. Cyclists AND equestrians have responsibilities. An equestrian will not take her horse where the trail says not too - Bicyclists should do the same. Please educate yourself on the issue of horses and YOUR responsibility as a cyclist. The actions of a few cyclists do not respresent the actions of all - but when you post things like "screw the rules" and "shut up" - it is clear, you are an irresponsible cyclist. Equestrians and cyclists CAN share a trail together - but not with a "screw the rules" attitude. I would encourage you to take a few horseback riding lessons and get to know the nature of the horse. Please read this excellent article: http://www.imba.com/resources/bike_management/clemson_horses.html

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"What's the worst that can happen?", asks 'screw the rules'? People and horses can be killed.

Similar Products Used: Please view this link: http://www.imba.com/resources/bike_management/clemson_horses.html
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Dan Nelson   [Jul 01, 2001]

Despite it almost all being downhill, I find this trail to be a workout. My hands are usually cramping by the end. You can build a really good rythym on most of the trail and just flat out move.

The upper part is very smooth and fast, minor technical stuff.

The lower part (Dog River) is fairly smooth, but parts are getting washboarded bad). There are a couple of fun technical sections, and some switchbacks.

This trail is best after a good rain the day before. Otherwise you eat a lot of dust unless you are the lead dog.

If my directions suck, just e-mail me, and I will try to make it clearer. It probably wouldn't be hard to talk me into going with you either:)

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I prefer to shuttle this one also.
Park the first car at the bottom of Dog River (On Hwy 35 about 20? miles South of Hood River).
Start at High Prairie.
Ride down the backside (East) down the jeep road.
About a mile or so down the road there is a single track to your left, take it.
Follow that acoss the gravel roads that you come to, until you hit a t-intersection of singletrack. Go Left.
When you hit pavement, go left on the pavement (this is Hwy 44)(you've gone about 7 miles).
Up over the top of the hill and stay to the left.
Pretty soon (about the 10 mile mark) you see the 4410 road you went up earlier. Go past that about 100 yards.
This is the top of Surveyor's Ridge and Dog River. Go down the West trail which is Dog River.

Similar Products Used: Dog River, Hospital Hill, Syncline, Fifteen Mile, 8-Mile, Whoopdi, and I'm goona try and do a huge chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail (I'll let you know if it's good)
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Scott   [Jul 25, 2001]

I am here mainly to let anyone who reads Dans review know that his example is not to be followed. He mentions at the end of his review that he's going to try and do a good chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail. The P.C. is closed to all Mt. Biking. The only section that I've ever seen ridden is a small piece that goes along Timothy lake. I have been told that even that is now closed to bikers. While I would love to ride the P.C. trail and see no good reason for it to be closed to bikers, the fact is that it is closed. Please send a message that we care about the rules and keep more trails open to us. Stay off the Pacific Crest.

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Follow it as it is outlined in The Singletrack Anthology (Hood River). This trail can be a blast.

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Dan Nelson   [Jul 26, 2001]

follow up

Similar Products Used: Scott is very right. I later found that it is illegal to ride the PC trail. I apologize for even putting that in there. I would never ride an illegal trail and agree with Scott 100%. He in fact wrote me a rather scathing e-mail about it, and I applaud him. I would encourage anyone else to do whatever they can to stop illegal trail use.
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screw the rules   [Jan 20, 2003]

if people are going to keep closing trails to bikers but keep them open to horses, i say ride it anyways. Horses piss and crap on the trail as well as tear them up as much as a motorcycle. Ride any trail you want, whats the worst thing that can happen?, somebody tell you not to do it again? nobody's going to arrest you. Act ignorant.

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PC trail

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review user   [Jun 03, 2003]

thanks 4 your 2 cents on trail legalities, they mean so much 2 me

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shut up

Similar Products Used: turn your american flag upside down!
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