Riders have two options to kick off this appealing trail experience. The first is to turn south on Highway 35 from Hood River, then take a left on Brooks Meadow Road—also labeled as National Forest Development Road 44 on some maps. Six miles in, make another left into Bottle Prairie Trailhead. Option two involves continuing an additional three miles down Road 44 to reach Eightmile Campground, a more secure parking space with outhouse facilities.
This trail starts off with a breathtaking downhill stretch for 2.5 miles along Eightmile Creek. Immerse yourself in a thrilling singletrack ride through the forest, but maintain focus; it's easy to gain speed and you'll want to avoid any sudden obstacles, like downed trees—though none have been reported to obstruct this segment.Upon reaching the Eightmile crossing, the ride morphs into a challenging uphill climb. Switchbacks lead to a 900-foot ascent within 1.5 miles, promising to reintroduce riders to their gear system. Upon conquering the elevation, a short spur provides access to a fire lookout station, serving as an ideal break spot with panoramic views.
Multiple riders report the enjoyable experience of combining this loop with nearby Bottle Brush Prairie and Knebel Springs Trails. For the ambitious, this blend of trails results in a 17-mile ride with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail caters to riders at both beginner and intermediate levels, making it versatile and broadly appealing.
8 Mile Loop offers a diversified mountain biking experience—from fast-paced downhill sections to challenging uphill climbs—wrapped in beautiful forest scenery. Given its good state of upkeep, this trail is a local favorite, and well worth exploring if you're in the Hood River area. With multiple starting options, and compatibility with other local trails, this loop offers riders a customizable adventure with a distinct Oregonian flavor.