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Pioneer Bridal Trail

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This trail is awesome...it is all singletrack with switchbacks,techinal climbs,rocks,smooth rolling sections it has it all. There are 2 varation's on doing this trail. 1. Out and back to the top of Pioneer Bridal Trail about a 7 mile loop. elevation gain about 1200 ft 2. Same as above with the extension of the Glade Trail to Timberlodge and back down to the top of Pioneer Bridal Trail about a 16 mile loop and an elevationn gain of about 3200 feet, the Glade Trail has a fantastic downhill decent of 2000 feet in 3.5 miles.
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Latitude
45.30531966399699
Longitude
-121.77924156188965
Trail Directions
Drive up highway 26 to approx mile post 35 about 3 miles past the Dairy Queen, the trailhead will be on the left side of the road. This trail could be hard to find if you are not paying close attention, you can stop at the forestry center on the way up.
Trail Length
3.6 to 16
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Welches
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Review Date
July 30, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: amberjoy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
nice, long gradual climb with maybe two spots in a granny gear. the downhill is super fun, bermy and a few technical spots, but all doable.

Recommended Route:
i'm from Tahoe, and was surprised to find such a fun and diverse trail here near Welch's! i have now ridden it 3 times, 3 different ways and i think the best route is to start off the 26 and climb by the mile 35 marker, the climb from DQ is not really worth it, due to lots of rocky loose stuff. but from this trail head, just climb, climb, until you reach crosstown loop and than you can do some other loops there and treat yourself to a super fun downhill!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
wish i knew!



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Review Date
September 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jmcnicho ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
My favorite trail for sure, too bad it's shut down by snow 9 months a year! Good to do when wet as the silty/sandy soil doesn't turn to mud, although there are alot of slippery rocks so you win some/lose some there.
Was up there yesterday and got razzed by 6 or 7 punks little teenagers with really nice downhill bikes on my way up. They had a little picnic about 2 miles up from where the trail crosses 26 and left all their garbage scattered everywhere. I saw the leftovers on my way back down. As I drove home I saw them pull out of the lower trailhead parking lot in two separate pickup trucks with WASHINGTON plates. A-holes come to our state and litter our trails, sweet. Really pissed me off...
I tried to pick some of it up, but no pockets so not much I could do. Grab a wrapper next time you're up there.

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead where it crosses 26 if you prefer more challenging riding, then nut up and ride UP glade. Stop whining about the uhill, it's good for you.



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Review Date
October 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ORCO ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is the best mix of climbs, techy sections and smooth singletrack on the west side of Mt. Hood. I like to link this with the crosstown trail in Govy. This is a great shuttle, I would not recomend the out and back loop due to a handfull of really silty downhill sections. The trail flatens out after crossing the highway, locals need to add some stunts to this section to create something comparable to Southern Oregon trails.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle, Shuttle, Shuttle. Begin at Timberline and ride down the glade to crosstown to pioneer bridal. Or begin at the Summit ski area at the top of the crosstown



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Review Date
April 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Winterheat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great trail up or down, just about any way you shake it. A lot of people seem to recommend a shuttle but I've always taken it as an out and back from 26 up into Govy. This gives you a great climb, lots of single track and you don't have to touch pavement if you don't want to. I've been riding this trail for two years, spring all the way to fall. This is a great trail, close to town and open as long as you can clear the snow. Some kind soul even put in a few banked turns...................

Recommended Route:
Take it from where it crosses Hwy 26 about 3-4 miles out of Rhody, climb into Enid Lake snow park then into Govy. Loop in the Crosstown, Wally's Tie, and the Glade Trail for fun then head back down to your car. This is a great route, steady climb and if you want you can even head over to Ski Bowl when it's open or chow down in Govy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Next best thing is to head into Hood River. Gunsite, Dog River ect.



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Review Date
October 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gman086 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
WAY fun ride when you do hook it up with the Glade Trail as others have mentioned, then we just call it "Timberline to Rhododendron Trail". Usually a shuttle ride with downhill rigs if you're into speed and flow.
LET'S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT THO! This trail was NOT made by the pioneers in the 1850's as russ said! It was "discovered" by Samuel Barlow around that time when he paid off some Native Americans to show him a trail around Mt. Hood. The trail has been in existence for hundreds, if not thousands of years and makes it's way down to what is now Hwy. 26. So thank a Native American next time you have fun riding this!

Recommended Route:
Timberline Lodge to Toll Gate Campground,shuttle(who needs to waste time riding uphill???).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If this isn't tough enough for you, try the expert course at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl - no posers allowed.



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