If there's one place in Oregon that has everything you'd possible want in the finest trail riding experience you'd definitely find some slice of dirt nirvana in Post Canyon. Less than an hour away from the city, Hood River plays host to a network of amazing and challenging trails, ranging from big climbs to flowing singletrack, big berms and jumps.
I had a preconceived feeling about Post Canyon and the type of riding it had to offer. From what I heard it had all the big air and drops any gravity junkie could gobble up, deterring my cross-country soul from bothering to put it on my map. But over the summer my curiosity peaked and I learned of the other side of Post Canyon, the big climbs, ribbons of flowing singletrack and epic views of the Columbia River below. I had found my new favorite place to ride and couldn't wait to explore all of it.
The climb to the very top and beginning of Dirt Surfer is roughly 2,700' of elevation gain. There a number of ways to get there, but vaguely speaking the best way can be done via singletrack. 8-Mile is a great switchback climb and will get you halfway up. I'm not too familiar with the names of the rest of the connectors, but some of them don't.
Some trails reminded me of Downieville, fast and technical, rock drops and sweeping corners. The rest of the trails are pretty fast and flowy, which are also shared by moto riders. There's still bit of the park I haven't ridden mainly because I don't want to break any bones. The best way to end the ride is a rip down Mitchell Ridge, a screaming fast downhill with lots of trail features to bounce off of.
When your day is dusted and done head on over to downtown Hood River for a bite at Double Mountain Pizza or at one of the handful of breweries littered across town.
There's still bit of the park I haven't ridden mainly because I don't want to break any bones.
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