Eastside Road Out-and-Back
- Distance: 13 miles out-and-back
- Paved two-lane roads
This ride is loved among locals for its rolling hills, views of Mt. Hood and surrounding orchard farmland, and low-volume traffic during much of the year. Aside from one steep climb and descent (about 1 mile at the beginning and end of the ride), Eastside Road is a moderate road ride. It’s especially spectacular during Blossom Time (April), when all the fruit trees are in bloom.
Start this ride at the bike hub/public restroom in downtown Hood River at 3rd Street and State Street (U.S. Route 30). Head east on State Street until it intersects with OR Hwy 35. Continue east on U.S. Route 30 up a series of switchbacks toward the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead (Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail). At the top of the hill, turn right onto Highline Road. Climb another steep section for .25 miles and then continue until Highline becomes Eastside Road.
After pedaling about 1 mile, you’ll see a turn-off to the right for Panorama Point County Park. It’s worth stopping (even if you have to walk your bike) to get 360-degree views of the Hood River Valley. Once back onto Eastside Road, continue north past historic farmhouses and barns, gardens and more fruit trees until you reach the small town of Pinegrove. You’ll go by the Pine Grove Methodist Church, which was built in 1907 and still serves the town today.
Turn right onto Fir Mountain Road and quickly turn left onto Thomsen Road. Continue about 1 mile and turn left onto Neal Creek Road. Follow Neal Creek Road north for about 2 miles until you get to a Y in the road. Stay left on Forest Road 1710 (paved) until it dead-ends. Turn around and return the same way you came.