UNPAVED / OMTM 2017 RIDE SERIES, EPISODE 3
high country luxury gravel + backroad rambling
60M // 5319FT // 70%G // 100% RAd
Think of it as the lesser-traveled southside counterpart to the Dalles Mountain 60. A companion piece of sorts, Japanese Hollow is a fast rolling course that plays out like a natural surface road ride through the hills, hollows, ridges and valleys of Wasco County, skirting the southeastern edge of Mount Hood National Forest.
The route starts/finishes in the same familiar staging area as the Gorge Roubaix road race: Wahtonka High School parking lot off Chenoweth Loop Road + W 10th Street in the northwest end of The Dalles. The course climbs south on Skyline through cherry orchards and Garry Oak into the expansive rolling hills of Dutch Flat before corkscrewing down into Upper Fivemile valley. Dipping into the edge of the Mount Hood National Forest, the route climbs out of the Upper Fivemile via NF4431 though dense clusters of dry Ponderosa Pine and snowmelt runoff creeks. From here things descend back into more exposed rangeland via Jewel Road before veering right down into the valley along Walston Grade and 8 Mile Road then onto Japanese Hollow. Japanese Hollow is a lush agricultural valley narrowing as it climbs west along the drainage to intersect Pleasant Ridge Road. Another rollercoaster gravel descent brings it back to tarmac for a short bit before hanging a left to follow Pleasant Ridge for the last winding gravel climb of the route. Pleasant Ridge snakes back down into the Dalles through a satisfying series of tight banked curves and dreamy hairpin turns.
ROUTE FORMAT: LOOP
SURFACE: 70% smooth maintained gravel, 30% paved
TIRES: MINIMUM OF 33C
WATER/SERVICES: NO SERVICES. WATER FILTER REcommended