Set amidst the captivating landscapes of Parkdale, Oregon, Cedar Creek and 15-Mile offer riders a unique cycling experience on either side of the Fifteen Mile Creek. But it's essential to be forewarned: while these trails boast a serene ambiance, they are far from your typical riverside journeys.
Nestled 2,000 feet above the creek, these trails surprise many riders with an unconventional start. Unlike most terrains where the journey begins uphill, here, cyclists will find themselves thrust into an immediate descent. But don’t get too comfortable; the return trip is a steep climb that will test stamina and endurance.The initial half mile of these trails runs a shared pathway. However, a stark diversion sends riders spiraling down opposite sides of the creek’s ravine. Imagine ancient volcanic rock fields adorning exposed cliffs, keeping vigilant watch over the vast Oregonian lands – a natural citadel if there ever was one.The ground beneath oscillates between a melange of textures. From the ruggedness of rock and root to the soft cushioning of needle-pack, volcanic moondust, and what can only be described as "black gold." The terrain is truly a testament to nature's diversity. In essence, it's the epitome of loam.Cedar Creek offers a riveting finale with its sharp ridge descent. Amidst pumice and baby head, it's easy to miss the trail's thread before emerging at the Fifteen Mile Creek’s riverbed. 15-Mile, on the other hand, starts its climb deceptively easily. But riders, be prepared for hillside hike-a-bike sections marked by rock outcroppings, a challenge until the very end.
For those setting off from Hood River:
Parking is a tad tight, and a Northwest Forest Pass is non-negotiable.
While many regard the trails as a unique cycling experience, some riders have found certain aspects less than ideal. Reports of obstructive fallen trees and an isolated Forestry Road have come in. Moreover, the vicinity houses the 8 Mile loop, which some found tricky to locate. Nonetheless, with its distinct features and challenges, the Cedar Creek & 15-Mile trails undeniably offer a one-of-a-kind riding expedition in Oregon.