This past weekend some friends and I braved the questionable forecast and headed east for some mountain bike fun. Brandon and Dan from Seattle, Dan and Nigel from Portland, and Dan’s (second Dan’s) friend Adam from New York. What follows is a brief ‘plog’ (picture blog) of our weekend.
Originally, we planned on heading out to Hood River Friday night, but everyone’s plans fell through except mine, so I headed to The Dalles for the day and rode the Deschutes River Trail.
Deschutes River Trail Map
The long 3 hour drive to The Dalles.
The Deschutes River Trail was delightful. I’ll definitely be back to complete the whole thing in the near future.
Lots of old abandoned homesteads.
Harris Canyon Watertower
Food from breakfast sitting in the car all day? Yes please! And I’ll take a can of beer and wine on the side.
My campsite was pretty posh.
I got up early to do a quick powerline road climb in The Dalles before joining by friends in Hood River.
It was a muddy mess and STEEP, but super fun.
Post Canyon Map
And then I drove to Hood River. Our original plan was to camp up at around 2,500 feet, but that plan quickly dissolved as we saw the amount of snow up at that level.
So we drove down towards the snowline and rideable trails.
And we found them.
Wet, a bit muddy, but the stoke level was near critical mass.
Dan being Dan.
Things got spooky at times.
We eventually found snow level again.
The mud was EVERYWHERE, but nothing a hose and rag can’t take care of at home.
Fire and beer, it doesn’t get much better.
After stumbling out of our respective zipper flaps in the morning, we decided that one more ride was in order, so we rode up until we hit snow and then made our way back to the campsite – short but so sweet.
Buck Creek Jumps Montage
Buck Creek Trail Map
After driving into town for food at Double Mountain on Saturday, we decided to head to Washington and camp next to the trails we would be riding the next day.
The Trail network around Buck Creek.
And we hit snow… again.
Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon – a great way to end the trip.