Pioneer Bridal Trail - Trail, Welches, Oregon

Pioneer Bridal Trail - Trail, Welches, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

This trail is awesome...it is all singletrack with switchbacks,techinal climbs,rocks,smooth rolling sections it has it all. There are 2 varation's on doing this trail. 1. Out and back to the top of Pioneer Bridal Trail about a 7 mile loop. elevation gain about 1200 ft 2. Same as above with the extension of the Glade Trail to Timberlodge and back down to the top of Pioneer Bridal Trail about a 16 mile loop and an elevationn gain of about 3200 feet, the Glade Trail has a fantastic downhill decent of 2000 feet in 3.5 miles.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 21, 2009]
David
Downhiller

This trail is a blast, very fast, somewhat technical. However you must be a freak to try and ride up it. Rode down the glade trail, connected to cross town trail, and then on to pioneer bridal trail.Amazing DH run, the poineer trail does have a few small up hills but all the down hills are deffinatly worth it. Rode this on a Seven inch free ride bike, just about as big as should be ridden on this trail, however i would also not go much smaller. If you ride down, do not use a cross country 3 inch travel frame, unless you want to brake it.

Customer Service

Start up at Timberline lodge at the glade trail, ride most of the way down and cut over cross town trail for a few miles and then over to pioneer/bridal, this makes the trail almost completely down hill. Amazing route

Similar Products Used:

Glade down hill and cross town.

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4
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4
[Jul 30, 2009]
amberjoy
Cross Country Rider

nice, long gradual climb with maybe two spots in a granny gear. the downhill is super fun, bermy and a few technical spots, but all doable.

Customer Service

i'm from Tahoe, and was surprised to find such a fun and diverse trail here near Welch's! i have now ridden it 3 times, 3 different ways and i think the best route is to start off the 26 and climb by the mile 35 marker, the climb from DQ is not really worth it, due to lots of rocky loose stuff. but from this trail head, just climb, climb, until you reach crosstown loop and than you can do some other loops there and treat yourself to a super fun downhill!

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wish i knew!

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4
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4
[Sep 22, 2008]
jmcnicho
Cross Country Rider

My favorite trail for sure, too bad it's shut down by snow 9 months a year! Good to do when wet as the silty/sandy soil doesn't turn to mud, although there are alot of slippery rocks so you win some/lose some there.
Was up there yesterday and got razzed by 6 or 7 punks little teenagers with really nice downhill bikes on my way up. They had a little picnic about 2 miles up from where the trail crosses 26 and left all their garbage scattered everywhere. I saw the leftovers on my way back down. As I drove home I saw them pull out of the lower trailhead parking lot in two separate pickup trucks with WASHINGTON plates. A-holes come to our state and litter our trails, sweet. Really pissed me off...
I tried to pick some of it up, but no pockets so not much I could do. Grab a wrapper next time you're up there.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead where it crosses 26 if you prefer more challenging riding, then nut up and ride UP glade. Stop whining about the uhill, it's good for you.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 05, 2007]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

Nice trail, but read this note. The actual trailhead is about a mile past the Dairy Queen in Rododendron, on the right side of the road. DON'T ACCESS THE TRAIL HERE! Starts out nice for about a mile, about to where it crosses the river. Shortly after it turns into a gradually climbing dried out streambed. Its probably not really a stream bed, but it sure looks like one. Huge rock cobble, huge roots. There is nothing fun about this, even coming back down. Its reduculously rocky, with round river rock ranging in size from golf ball to softball. Plus, it parallels the highway and is noisy. We rode this rocky stuff for what must have been 2-3 miles. For better results, access the trail as described here, several miles further up the road on the left. Trail is awesome...nice climb, some challenging switchbacks, nice forest scene.

Similar Products Used:

Dog River.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Oct 03, 2006]
ORCO
Downhiller

This is the best mix of climbs, techy sections and smooth singletrack on the west side of Mt. Hood. I like to link this with the crosstown trail in Govy. This is a great shuttle, I would not recomend the out and back loop due to a handfull of really silty downhill sections. The trail flatens out after crossing the highway, locals need to add some stunts to this section to create something comparable to Southern Oregon trails.

Customer Service

Shuttle, Shuttle, Shuttle. Begin at Timberline and ride down the glade to crosstown to pioneer bridal. Or begin at the Summit ski area at the top of the crosstown

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4
VALUE
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3
[Apr 21, 2005]
Winterheat
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail up or down, just about any way you shake it. A lot of people seem to recommend a shuttle but I've always taken it as an out and back from 26 up into Govy. This gives you a great climb, lots of single track and you don't have to touch pavement if you don't want to. I've been riding this trail for two years, spring all the way to fall. This is a great trail, close to town and open as long as you can clear the snow. Some kind soul even put in a few banked turns...................

Customer Service

Take it from where it crosses Hwy 26 about 3-4 miles out of Rhody, climb into Enid Lake snow park then into Govy. Loop in the Crosstown, Wally's Tie, and the Glade Trail for fun then head back down to your car. This is a great route, steady climb and if you want you can even head over to Ski Bowl when it's open or chow down in Govy.

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Next best thing is to head into Hood River. Gunsite, Dog River ect.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Oct 02, 2004]
Gman086
Downhiller

WAY fun ride when you do hook it up with the Glade Trail as others have mentioned, then we just call it "Timberline to Rhododendron Trail". Usually a shuttle ride with downhill rigs if you're into speed and flow. LET'S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT THO! This trail was NOT made by the pioneers in the 1850's as russ said! It was "discovered" by Samuel Barlow around that time when he paid off some Native Americans to show him a trail around Mt. Hood. The trail has been in existence for hundreds, if not thousands of years and makes it's way down to what is now Hwy. 26. So thank a Native American next time you have fun riding this!

Customer Service

Timberline Lodge to Toll Gate Campground,shuttle(who needs to waste time riding uphill???).

Similar Products Used:

If this isn't tough enough for you, try the expert course at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl - no posers allowed.

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5
VALUE
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2
[Aug 25, 2003]
powert
Weekend Warrior

Great route. Rode from Timberline down. Only had to pedal on 2 small hills. Aerobic workout is low however excitement factor is very high. Intermediate skills needed mostly for the Glade ski trail portion because its pretty loose, and easy to lose the front end in a slide. Once you hit crosstown the ground firms up and you just have to worry about the dust. Then once you get into the forest a bit more things get even nicer to ride. Then on pioneer bridal trail things are the best with smooth singletrack wide enough so you don't eat up your legs on brush and enough hairpins/jumps/roots/dips to keep it interesting. Ride as fast as you feel. The trail also goes through a little trials area where you can practice log riding and a few fun things.

Customer Service

Timberline to camps creek campground. (Free day use parking) Was going to shuttle but left keys in car up at timberline so we rode back. (Not recommended because its rather boring looooong uphill but good feeling once at top. Glade - Crosstown - Pioneer Bridal - To camps creek. Get a map too. 8 BUcks at timberline ouch!

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5
VALUE
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3
[Aug 19, 2000]
MT. RUSS

Great trail, parts of trail is original Oregon Trail made in 1850's. Cross town trail is the best in gov'y.

Customer Service

start at Toll Gate, 1/2 mile east of Rod'y. ride up P.B.T. to the Still creek trail at Camp creek.Still creek trail ends on still creek rd.(gravel rd.)ride up road to Summit meadows,ride through still creek camp ground to the Barlow trail.Barlow trail ends at HWY 26 in Government Camp, ride trail behind the Cheveron gas station up hill to the Cross Town Trail. Ride Cross Town Trail to P.B.T. and 13 miles down hill to the Toll Gate. +30 miles with 3500 vert. ft.

Similar Products Used:

Glade, East leg.

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4
VALUE
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[Oct 13, 2000]
Paul H

This trail was a great ride. We had a beautiful clear fall day, and really enjoyed the smooth, fast trails. The big trees, moss, and soft turf was a big treat for us Colorado boyz. And Mt. Hood views were awesome. Some recent trail work on the Laurel Hill section had some real smooth, fast banked turns. Too much fun!
We bought a good map of the area and it helped a lot with finding trails. There are a lot of logging roads, etc. and it is nice to know the right number!

Customer Service

We parked at the pull out where Pioneer Bridle trail crosses 26 ( a road leaves to the North here, too). We then crossed the road and rode down Pioneer to the third FS road (if you get to the campground it is too far), spun 1/2 mile to Still Ck (trail #680) to Still Ck Road, then middle chain ring climb for about 7 miles until you reach 3 way junction; take a left on FS 126 and ride until you reach 26 again. Go left and ride about 1/2 mile to ski area parking lot. Ride up hill on the left edge of the ski trail to Cross town trail (we had a hard time finding this, but there is a sign on side of lift house). Once you are on Cross town, it is well marked and a really fun downhill to Glacier View parking lot. Here, you hook up with Pioneer again, although it is called Glacier View ski trail too. Ride down this and it is a blast. If you hit an old road, back up 10 feet, bear left and go thru the skinny tunnel under road.

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A few days before we did this ride, the bridge from Hood River side washed out, so we had to drive around thru Portland.

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5
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