Barlow Sandy Ride

A great mountain area 35mile ride with spectacular views of mt.hood and superb rolling countryside.  A couple of short climbs, one at the beginning and one mid way.

Stats: 35miles , 2500ft, Water stop at mile 16. Car free for 60%.

Starting at the Ant Farm in Sandy Oregon, the Ant Farm brews a great coffee to start your ride. The Ant Farm is a local spot that supports the outdoor community and cyclists. Abundant parking opportunities nearby make this a  great meet spot for you and your friends.

For last minute bike needs, fortunately, there is a bike shop nearby Sandy Bicycle shop (closed Sundays) is just across the road for tyres, tubes and any last minute items.
Starting the ride: From the Ant Farm you head east and turn LEFT onto SE Ten Eyck Rd. Ten Eyck is a windy steep road that descends sharpy and then climbs a little (400ft) before turning at about mile 3 onto Shipley Rd.

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Shipley is a beautiful little single lane road that weaves up at a mild grade through the trees. This is one of my favourite roads at any time of the year. Shipley then joins Marmot Rd, where you continue on for the next 10miles over rolling terrain with a countryside vibe, past some sheep and a Christmas tree farm combined with amazing views of the south hills of Estacada and towards the end, views of Mount Hood.

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Toward the end of Marmot the road opens out into a valley setting with the backdrop of mt.hood, with pastures, a few red barns, and mountains in the background give this area the nick name Little Switzerland. Stop around here and soak it in.

When you get to E Barlow Trail Road (mile 14) you will take a LEFT. But a quick jog right / few hundred feet here you will see a beautiful view over Sandy river.

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Following Barlow Trail Road for a few miles, you are retracing the original steps Sam Barlow and Phillip Foster in 1846 as part of the Barlow Trail.

After passing  the well-known mountain biking spot Sandy Ridge you will turn RIGHT onto Brightwood Br Rd, cross a small bridge and you are in the single stop sign town of Brightwood. Here you will find a small country store should you need anything or across the road the Brightwood Tavern should you need beer and burgers at mile 16!

From here you are following Brightwood Lp rd by Taking a RIGHT at the stop sign which will put you out on HWY26. (16.8miles) At this point, we are turning RIGHT and a little locked to a route because a lot of the roads don’t connect around here, so you will be riding alongside the highway for 4.3 miles heading West.

At mile 21.1 turn RIGHT onto Cherryville Rd. This is a little cut through, where you will pass by a little old tugboat at the side of the road! at Mile 23.4  the stop sign you will turn RIGHT onto the highway again to pedal about a mile. then at mile 25 on the other side of the road is Mc Cabe, it looks as if it heads back east, Depending on the time of your ride, traffic can vary so be careful to cross the highway onto McCabe Rd.

Now on the South side of the highway McCabe waves around, and has a little kicker climb 8% grade with some beautiful views off to the left.  (watch out for the dog at the top of the hill, he’s normally tied up) – At mile 27 McCabe turns into Pugh, but you probably won’t notice, it curves and transitions.

After a windy little up you will take a right on the corner onto Bornsted rd.
211 takes you back into Sandy close to where you started. For a great after ride snack, there are two places. The first Ant Farm where you started, they have great sandwiches, and also Mt. Moka, a close by coffee shop makes good sandwiches and has an assortment of pastries

With close to zero traffic I often combine these roads with other routes as the views are so great. You can start this ride in Sandy or in ZigZag either way makes for a great loop.

See my downloadable GPS route here:

If you want to add on another 10-15 miles, instead of turning right on Firwood, turn left and go down Wildcat Mtn, then make your way back to Sandy. Wildcat mt is full of fun rollers to race your mates on.

 

Turn right onto Meinig Ave 0.0 mi
Turn left onto Pioneer Blvd 0.1 mi
Turn left onto SE Ten Eyck Rd 0.3 mi
Turn left to stay on SE Ten Eyck Rd 0.9 mi
Sharp left to stay on SE Ten Eyck Rd 2.4 mi
Sharp right onto SE Shipley Rd 3.1 mi
Continue straight onto SE Marmot Rd 4.4 mi
Turn left onto E Barlow Trail Rd 14.0 mi
Turn right onto Brightwood Br Rd 15.8 mi
Slight right onto E Brightwood Loop Rd 16.1 mi
Continue onto US-26 W 16.8 mi
Slight right 17.1 mi
Turn right onto E Cherryville Dr 21.1 mi
Turn left to stay on E Cherryville Dr 23.3 mi
Turn right onto US-26 W 23.4 mi
Turn left onto SE McCabe Rd 25.0 mi
Continue onto SE Pagh Rd 27.1 mi
Turn right onto SE Firwood Rd 29.3 mi
Turn left onto SE Bornstedt Rd 29.9 mi
Turn right to stay on SE Bornstedt Rd 32.2 mi
Turn right onto OR-211 N 33.5 m

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