Syncline - Trail, Bingen, Washington

Syncline - Trail, Bingen, Washington

DESCRIPTION

The Syncline is a geologic formation -- a basaltic cliff outcropping. All the riding is on the grassy 25 degree plain above the cliff. You can climb up about 2000 ft above the river, great views abound. The locals have names for all the variety of ways back down - Little Moab, Crybaby, Coyote Cliffs,Hidden Canyon, Loosey loosey(sp?) etc. There are also several ways to go up to the west over the top of the cliffs, and back down through coyote cliffs or even across another pasture into the grassy lanes of upper Hospital Hill.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 27, 2012]
WBS
Cross Country Rider

Rode it on March 26th 2012 and the trail was in good condition. A little wet, but not bad. Views are amazing, but it was a little crowded being the first nice Saturday of the year.

Customer Service

First, we rode the Jeep Trail up then Little Moab down. Little Moab is as technical as you want it to be, but doesn't flow real well. One drop or technical section immediately puts you into another technical section so it's tough to keep your momentum. There is a couple spots with some serious exposure too.

The next two times up the Jeep Trail we took Little Maui down. The trail was in good shape with a few moderately technical sections. The trail flows OK, but there are a couple corners that are a bit too sharp to hit at speed.

At the bottom, just inside the gate (off the old road) are some rocky technical areas that are fun to session. Everything from smooth rock descents, to a 10+ foot drop and everything in between.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 02, 2011]
danielrichards
Cross Country Rider

You definately earn your ride here, but what you earn is well worth it. Did slick rock in Moab last week and The little Moab trail is about as close as it gets in the NW. There is a fire lane type trail you can use to climb if you can figure out how to access it from the bottom, otherwise there is single track options as well. Little Moab runs along the cliff line so make sure that you are very careful. Its not impossible to get into some real trouble if you are aware of all of your surroundings. Also beware that there is a ton of poison oak up there this year (2011) so keep on the trail.

Customer Service

Easiest way to climb is to find the fire lane/service road. If you stay right at the bottom there is a single track that isn't impossible to climb but it does get you huffing a little.

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Post Canyon is the best in the area. You will hear about Surveyors ridge, but in my opinion that trail is a waste of time.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 13, 2009]
primo dan
Downhiller

Syncline, ha more like Syn-climb! the walk up is tough... tho i think some locals do shuttle the local shop in Hood River, Or (Discovery Bikes) says its fround apon. lots of switch backs and lots of steep terrain. at the top its sigle track through a wooded area that has small rocks and low braches. its fast your in the open in no time. the single track goes down the switch backs witch some come along the cliffs! BE MINDFULL a rider has already lost a life along the cliffs here. there are small cut burms in most of the corners that are fun to roll through and keep up speed. you can follwo the switch backs to the bottom or take the line on the right to the rocks! Downhillers will eat this up and be in heaven! lots of ledges and boulders to fly down and work the suspension. xc/am bikes be careful. the area is a mix of public and private property, tho the owners are not rude its best to give them there space... tho in emergencys and just being lost they dont mind...they will even sell ya a tube for a 10bucks!

that walk up is a brute!

Customer Service

all of the traila!

Similar Products Used:

Post Canyon, across the river in oregon in Hood River. be sure to stop in at Discovery bikes for a map... you will need it!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 13, 2006]
ronnypooter
Cross Country Rider

This trail system is the best year round ride within reach of Portland, an awesome mix of terrain, great climb, bomber downhill ranging from pine needles in the woods, wide open full speed grassland, to rocky drops and technical steeps. Great views, too. You can shuttle it if you're lazy, but then you miss the challenge of climbing it.

Customer Service

ride up the smooth single track in the valley (think they call this mini maui), then straight up the double track to the woods (bail off on the switchback trail if it gets too steep), then through the woods to the bench at the intersection with the road. back the same way, except hit the rocky section towards the cliff (think this is called mini moab) if you are trying to do this route, keep in mind that you will almost always be going up and never get too far away from the cliff, and you won't get lost.

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dog river, dalles watershed, gumjuwac trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 21, 2005]
thorir
Weekend Warrior

As far as I can tell "Syncline" is actually the name of the cliffs you are riding on, each of the individual trails have their own name (as the ride description says). These trails are on private land so you aren't going to find maps or descriptions of them in any guide book (that I know of). That said, they are some of the best trails around, especially when it is still wet and nasty on the costal side of Mt. Hood, it is often dry at Syncline. These trails get lots of maintenance from CAMBA and probably GFRA so take care of them and avoid em if they are really wet. As Jaybo said this area gets lots of poison oak and ticks so be prepared. Don't say we didn't warn ya.

Customer Service

There are lots of different routes to take, but Hidden Valley is probably my favorite. It is also one of the scariest trails I know of. Super fast descent on 2" "half track" which is off camber towards the cliff side full of poison oak. Don't crash and you'll be fine. There are also some nice rocky sections which make it worth hauling your armor to the top. There are bound to be plenty of people at the trailhead that you can ask about specific routes so don't be shy.

Similar Products Used:

Hospital Hill, Post Canyon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 19, 2004]
Jaybo
Cross Country Rider

Great place to ride. Be careful when the oak is in bloom or you will have get hammered and hate life. Also, ticks are very common. Regardless, a great ride! Lots of rocks, technical terrain, and beautiful views. I hope this ride doesn't get closed by environmentalist concerned about damage to the trails.

Customer Service

Up face to the farm house, take a right, and cruise along the ridge to Hidden Valley. This ride is very technical, so be careful or risk a trip to the ER.

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Woop De Doo is a great ride above Hood River. Freeriders, go check out Post Canyon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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