Pioneer Bridle Trail #795
ElevationAscent: 2,122' 647 m
Descent: -249' -76 m
High: 3,627' 1,105 m
Low: 1,754' 535 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (17°)
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“Following the old Barlow Wagon Trail, Pioneer Bridle Trail links runners and bikers from Rhododendron to Government Camp”— Kathleen Walker
Starting at the Tollgate, the trail is wide and flat and parallels Highway 26 on your left and some powerlines on your right. At milepost 3.6. the trail crosses a road with powerlines, then heads another short distance before crossing the access road into Laurel Hill quarry. A short distance more, and the trail crosses Highway 26 to the north at a diagonal angle. The trail picks up in a large parking area along the highway. This western portion is steeper and more challenging than the west side of the trail.
The trail begins a steady climb heading west followed by some large switchbacks as it climbs Laurel Hill. It follows some steep side slopes as it climbs above the highway. It then drops and climbs again and heads towards a section of the old Highway 26. There are occasional views through openings towards the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness across the highway. The trail passes very closely to the highway guardrail above Laurel Hill. It follows along a mossy rock wall, before it passes through a tunnel. The trail then switchbacks past a large hole in the ground that is fenced off, and continues up near additional powerlines towards the Glacier View Sno-park and the junction with Crosstown Trail #755. The Pioneer Bridle Trail is a popular downhill mountain bike trail, so runners should use caution, even though riders should give right of way.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict