Gunsight Butte Trail #685

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This trail follows a ridgeline west of the Badger Creek Wilderness to Gunsight Butte.  Spectacular views of Mount Hood are found at several points along the trail. Fairly open along the way and is popular with intermediate to advance mountain bikers. 

This trail begins at Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3530) and ends at Gumjuwac Saddle near Forest Road 3531 (5,240’).  From Bennett Pass Road (4,120’), the trail heads north along a ridge overlooking Badger Creek.  After 0.9 mile the trail reaches Camp Windy Trail #685A. From here the trail continues north, and 2.2 miles beyond the junction with #685A, the trail joins Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550).  The trail follows the road for 0.2 miles before heading north.  0.2 mile after leaving the Bennett Pass Road, the trail reaches Gunsight Butte (5,900’).  Continue north 1.4 miles to the trail’s end at Gumjuwac Pass.  The majority of this trail is under high elevation fir and pine trees with occasional openings looking east and west.  There are several challenging technical sections for mountain bikes including exposed rock, rock slide areas and several difficult switchbacks.  

Trail maintenance is accomplished thanks to the help of the 44 Trails Association.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/15/2016:  Trail is maintained thanks to the help from the 44 Trails Association.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District, Dufur Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

From Hood River, OR take Oregon Hwy 35 south 32.5 miles, approximately 0.25 mile south of milepost 64, to Bennett Pass (Forest Road 3550).  Follow Bennett Pass Road for 4.2 miles to the trailhead at the junction with Bonney Meadows Road (Forest Road 4891).  The trail leaves from the north end of the parking area. These roads are not recommended for regular passenger vehicles due to the rough terrain. 

From Portland, OR travel 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 and exit onto OR Hwy 35.  Follow OR Hwy 35 for 6.4 miles to Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550).  Turn right onto Bennett Pass Road and follow it for 4.2 miles to the trailhead at the junction with Bonney Meadows Road (Forest Road 4891).  The trail leaves from the north end of the parking area. These roads are not recommended for regular passenger vehicles due to the rough terrain. 


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