From Portland, OR, take US Highway 26 eastbound for about 56 miles, over
Mt. Hood, past Government Camp. Turn north onto State Highway 35 to
Hood River. At 15.1 miles, just past Sherwood Campground, turn left
into the gravel parking area and trailhead alongside the highway.
From Hood River, OR, (exit 64 off
Interstate 84), take State Highway 35 south. At 25.3 miles, turn
right into the gravel parking area and trailhead alongside the highway,
just before Sherwood Campground.
The trailhead parking area was pretty easy to find, as there were already
several cars there when we arrived. After unpacking the bikes, we
noticed that the sign at the trailhead did not read "East Fork Trail".
It read something else. After brief confusion, we followed other
bikers down the trail and a short distance into the woods was a sign which
indicated which trail to go to.
We walked our bikes over the narrow footbridge over the
river and turned immediately left (upriver) and began climbing.
The trail continued to climb, following several switchbacks, but they
weren't too difficult, though we did have to hike-a-bike a few times.
The trail was in good shape, mostly wide singletrack, and the rumors of
fallen trees across the trail seemed to be removed. The trail
followed the river most of the way, and provided some nice lunch spots.
(It is recommended NOT to eat Egg McMuffins as energy food).
After several good climbs, and a few downhills, we
reached a riverside area that was all sand. We hiked it for a while,
and biked it for a while, but seeing no real end to the sand, we turned
around. The trail actually ends at Robinhood Campground, which we
could see up ahead, so we figured there wasn't really a point in
continuing through the sand.
The return trip, of course, was a lot more fun, as
there were lots of short ups and downs (mostly downs!) and not much
traffic coming up the trail. The return was fast and furious, and
the scenery, though without vistas, was peaceful and enjoyable.
Although a little short, this was a really nice ride, and I'm sure we'll
ride it again, perhaps in conjunction with a hike or another ride on Mt.