5 miles
Distance
967 ft
Climb
-1,083 ft
Descent
01:14:25
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    44 Trails
    Mt. Hood, Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June to October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #36660 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail follows a ridgeline west of the Badger Creek Wilderness to Gunsight Butte. Spectacular views of Mount Hood are found at several points along the trail. Fairly open along the way and is popular with intermediate to advance mountain bikers.
This trail begins at Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3530) and ends at Gumjuwac Saddle near Forest Road 3531 (5,240’). From Bennett Pass Road (4,120’), the trail heads north along a ridge overlooking Badger Creek. After 0.9 mile the trail reaches Camp Windy Trail #685A. From here the trail continues north, and 2.2 miles beyond the junction with #685A, the trail joins Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550). The trail follows the road for 0.2 miles before heading north. 0.2 mile after leaving the Bennett Pass Road, the trail reaches Gunsight Butte (5,900’). Continue north 1.4 miles to the trail’s end at Gumjuwac Pass. The majority of this trail is under high elevation fir and pine trees with occasional openings looking east and west. There are several challenging technical sections for mountain bikes including exposed rock, rock slide areas and several difficult switchbacks.

Access Info

From Hood River, OR take Oregon Hwy 35 south 32.5 miles, approximately 0.25 mile south of milepost 64, to Bennett Pass (Forest Road 3550). Follow Bennett Pass Road for 4.2 miles to the trailhead at the junction with Bonney Meadows Road (Forest Road 4891). The trail leaves from the north end of the parking area. These roads are not recommended for regular passenger vehicles due to the rough terrain.
From Portland, OR travel 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 and exit onto OR Hwy 35. Follow OR Hwy 35 for 6.4 miles to Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550). Turn right onto Bennett Pass Road and follow it for 4.2 miles to the trailhead at the junction with Bonney Meadows Road (Forest Road 4891). The trail leaves from the north end of the parking area. These roads are not recommended for regular passenger vehicles due to the rough terrain.

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More Stats for Gunsight Butte Trail #685 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -116 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,223 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,929 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,340 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,223 ft
  • Grade
    -0.4%
  • Grade max
    -60.3%
  • Grade min
    54.5%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,211 ft
  • Avg time
    01:14:25
  • Avg reverse time
    01:48:20
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on Sep 30, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.4 (5 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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      Gunsight Butte... Trail Reports

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      Sep 30, 2020 @ 1:34pm
      Sep 30, 2020
      Lots of branches down (totally rideable) and 1 tree pretty close the start (south end) of the trail).
      Sep 25, 2020 @ 1:24pm
      Sep 25, 2020
      reporter N & E areas of Mt. Hood NF reopen Saturday 9/26 at 12:01am
      Sep 8, 2020 @ 7:23pm
      Sep 8, 2020
      reporter Due to dynamic and dangerous fire conditions, Mt. Hood National Forest is temporarily closing forest lands to public access, including...
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 9:37am
      Aug 24, 2020
      8/23/20 Trail closed to all use due to nearby fire.
      Aug 8, 2020 @ 1:51pm
      Aug 8, 2020
      Definitely dry and dusty, but otherwise clear.
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      ContinentalDrift (Aug 18, 2020 at 15:02)
       Description is quite good but they aren’t joking about needing a high clearance vehicle up there. We looped it by parking at the bottom of Gumjawac on 35 and then pedaling uphill for 1.15 miles to Road 3540, which (to our surprise) was paved more than half the way. That made for an easy pedal until the last mile or so before Bennett Pass rd which was very steep (15-20%) and a bit of a grind. (Side note- 3540 doesn’t actually connect to Bennet Pass Rd unless you have a real deal 4x4, it ends at a parking lot 50’ away and if you were planning on driving between the two, you would be disappointed)

      Gunsight was beautiful, great views and fun techy riding... I think that it might flow better the other way given the composition of the technical features but I have no idea how you would do that other than an out and back or a really long ride.

      Gumjawac dropped *all* of our hard earned elevation in under 3 miles. Fun trail, steep with some consequential turns/drops but definitely easier than the “black” designation suggests.
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      XU12XU (Sep 30, 2020 at 22:15)
       Gave it 4 stars, but its not quite that good. It's described as tech, but its more like, moderate XC tech, basically just a couple of tricky rock sections while climbing. It has a nice grade, and the DH at the end is solid, but for being a ridge trail, you just don't see much most of the time on it. It's a fine trail, I'll ride it again someday, but its just not that particularly special.
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