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Up for biking 100 miles from OC to Mt. Hood and back?


Sign up for the Barlow Road Ride on the weekend of Aug. 17-18 to bike the route of the famous trail followed by many pioneers around Mount Hood to reach Oregon City.

From OC’s End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, you’ll follow the Clackamas River to the Mount Hood gateway city of Sandy, then up the Sandy River Valley via Marmot Ridge to Zigzag

The ride route will be on quiet, rural roads with little to no vehicular traffic other than a few miles on Highway 26 that has wide shoulders from Zigzag to the start of the Still Creek Road. Riders then will head to Trillium Lake, where some might be tempted to stay for swimming, while others push on to Timberline Lodge.

Still Creek Road has about 12 miles that are unpaved, so organizers recommend putting tires on your bike that can handle both paved and gravel surfaces. Those who don’t want to ride on gravel can take Highway 26 to Government Camp, but organizers highly recommend the Still Creek Road due to its almost complete lack of traffic and more gradual grade.

Organizers have set the maximum number of riders in the 100-mile, or “century ride,” at 300, so they encourage registering early at barlowroadride.com to avoid missing out or paying $100 after Aug. 1. Regular registration fees, $85 for adults and $65 for youth ages 14 to 18, go to support the museum.

Registration fees include food, energy drinks, toilet use, massage, mechanics and medical help. The finish line will feature a spaghetti dinner, a beer garden at the Cascade Ski Lodge, live music, discounted Skibowl Adventure Park rides and tours of the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, among other community festival-type booths and activities. As the sun sets, a bonfire will be lit. Sunday morning includes breakfast and a fast ride down the mountain returning to the starting line.