Date: Sunday, Sept 8, 2013
Time: 8:00a start (Sunrise: 6:40a, Sunset: 7:30p)
Start Location: Mt Hood – Surveyor’s Ridge/Dog River’s Southern Trailhead.
Distance: 50 miles (43 miles singletrack, 7 miles gravel/dirt roads)
Starting/Min/Max Elevation: 4266’/2769’/6036′
Elevation gain/loss: 8300′
Max Riders: 75
FIRE ALERT As of 9/4/2013 – ALL trails and roads on the course are now OPEN! Trails are in FANTASTIC condition. Event will go on as originally planned. See everyone Sunday!
MHEC Course Teaser on Youtube
Overview: I was originally planning both a 50 mile and a 100 mile (2 laps) option for this event. However, after riding the course I decided that offering the 100 mile option for our first event was maybe biting off a bit too much. This is a VERY hard course. We will definitely do some longer/harder events next year, but this first event will just have a 50 mile option.
Route: The route starts with about 1800′ of moderate climbing over 5 miles on gravel roads before hitting the singletrack and descending 3000′ (all singletrack) over the next 9 miles. The course then climbs 2000′ over the next 7 miles followed by a killer 3 mile, 700′ descent. The remainder of the course is rolly with no major climbs/descents but still manages to climb a couple thousand feet.
Map: Ride With GPS link You can view elevation profile, switch between different map views, and export a GPX file from here.
Water on the Course: The best place to get water on the course is at the creek crossing at mile 14.9. There is also a small stream you ride next to for a couple of miles and cross at mile 25.4 just after crossing the road, but I don’t know how much water it will have in it in early September. There is no water on the course between mile 26 and 48.
Directions to the Start: From Hood River, head 31 miles south on Hwy 35 to forest road 44 on the left. Take 44 up 3.5 miles to the Surveyor’s Ridge/Dog River trailhead on the left. More parking – continue on 44 another 200 feet past the Surveyor’s trailhead to forest road 4410 on the right. This is the start of the course. Park on any pull-out on 4410.
Camping: There are numerous campgrounds in the area – Routson, Sherwood, and Nottinham on Hwy 35 on the way up to forest road 44, and Eightmile crossing camp and Fifteenmile camp up on or close to the camp. Fifteenmile camp only has 5 spots, but this would be an awesome place for family to hang out on the course where they could see you come by at mile 10 and mile 20.