Beginner Offroad Trails Near The Dalles

Little Badger Creek

A dusty but well-maintained dirt trail that crosses through a nature preserve and continues into the Hood National Forest ending at a lush little forest campground with a creek running through it. The trail starts…
Total Miles
7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Clinger Trail Hood NF

Very narrow dirt trail in a heavily forested area. Not recommended for larger or full-size vehicles, the trees are very overgrown, except pinstriping. There were some low-hanging trees and one across the trail. Bring equipment…
Total Miles
5.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Lookout Mountain Road - FR 4410000

An easy dirt road that takes you through the Mt. Hood National Forest. It connects to several other trails in the area, and leads to a few trailheads for hiking and biking. The trail can…
Total Miles
4.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Mount Defiance - NF 2821000

Mount Defiance road scrambles 1600'+ out of the hills West of Hood River, Oregon to the summit of Mount Defiance and the edge of the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness. The summit tops out at just…
Total Miles
3.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Washington Backcountry Discovery Route Section 1

This route covers all of section 1 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR), from Carson to Packwood. Weather and route conditions can vary significantly from one area to the next, especially in early spring…
Total Miles
124.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Keeps Mill North Access

This short connector route drops down 1000 feet into the White River Canyon from NFS 48 and the historic Barlow Road. The first two miles are flat and easy, but the last mile or so…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Lolo Pass

Historic Lolo Pass is a scenic drive that connects the Sandy River area to Lost Lake and Hood River. Spectacular valley views open up to reveal the western side of Mt. Hood. The driving surface…
Total Miles
12.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Keeps Mill South

This is an access route to a remote campground along the edge of Mount Hood National Forest. The terrain is mixed gravel and pavement along NFS roads until the last few miles down into the…
Total Miles
17.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Big Lava Bed Trail

This easy gravel route follows NF-65, NF-60, Carson Guler Road. A few interesting stops along the way include Panther Creek Falls, Goose Lake, Guler Ice Caves, and plenty of camp spots on the route. Also…
Total Miles
20.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

McGee Creek Overlook

This short spur provides access to the McGee Creek Trailhead. Driving past the hiking trailhead, immediately ascends into a short and slightly technical climbing section. Once clear of these ruts and rocks, the road becomes…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Trillium Lake Loop

Just South of Trillium Lake, this is an easy dirt loop trail through the Mt. Hood National Forest. Trail debris (trees) may be present on the trail. If traveling North, you may catch glimpses of…
Total Miles
6.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Still Creek Road

If you're looking for a quintessential PNW trail to run or a fun alternate to highway 26, this is it. Dense forests shroud you as you parallel a flowing river, crossing mossy rock bridges a…
Total Miles
9.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Sherar Burn Road

This trail begins easy and mild, but the further up and back you travel, the more rocky and overgrown it becomes. Erosion ruts and potholes are present throughout the trail - some ground clearance is…
Total Miles
8.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Mud Creek - Forest Road 309

Short offshoot trail from the Trillium Lake Loop that dead ends at the Jackpot Meadows / Salmon River Trailhead. At the time of tracking, the trail was heavily overgrown - not sure if the Forest…
Total Miles
3.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Muddy Fork Road

The trail system is intricate and intercepts other trails, making it never-ending. It is paved, but during the winter months, when it has snowed, this trail system is a blast! Make sure you have recovery…
Total Miles
1.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Wi

Pepper Creek

Pepper Creek is an easy gravel road that runs through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, it offers a couple of small camp spots, but the main attraction is the hikes, Both Curly Creek Falls and…
Total Miles
6.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Yellow Jacket Creek

Yellow Jacket Creek is a combination of paved, dirt, and gravel roads. While there were some bumps and a couple of potholes, I would consider this very mild terrain. As we climbed up the mountain,…
Total Miles
17.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Short and Dirty

Short and Dirty Road is an easy gravel surface road, that is located in the Wenatchee National Forest. As you drive on a clear day every once in a while you'll get a peak of…
Total Miles
3.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Eastside

Eastside is an easy gravel road mixed with dirt, there are a few potholes both small and big, and some of them really sneak up on you. The road runs through Gifford Pinchot National. After…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Su

Pinto

Pinto road runs through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and it is a gravel surface road, with a couple of potholes. The road is very easy and enjoyable, you will enjoy sections of rock faces,…
Total Miles
19.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Fa

Quarry Head Trail

This is a trail to the small quarry before the main quarry. Rough roads cut by winter snow may make 4x4 a requirement. Winter months bring deeply rutted snowbanks that will force you into potholes.…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

OHV Abbott Road Quarry

This sneaky hidden side trail opens up to another bigger quarry play area. It's short; it's sweet. But good to know how to find it since you can pass right over it. There is a…
Total Miles
0.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

La Dee Flats

Area consisting of many 4x4 and ATV trails that branch off of main roads. The road itself is gravel with many potholes. During the winter, snow will cover a majority of the area allowing for…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Bear Creek Mountain

Bear Creek Mountain is an easy gravel surface road, with just a couple of small potholes to be mindful of, after a heavy storm, you may find trees in the road. The road runs through…
Total Miles
3.8
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Pinegrass

Pinegrass runs through Wenatchee National Forest, it is an easy gravel road, that has a couple of camping spots and some pretty views. The road has a couple of small potholes, but nothing hard. One…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Pine Tree

Pine Tree road number 1241 runs through the Wenatchee National Forest, it is an easy gravel surface road. At one spot on the road the trees open up and you can see rimrock lake. Thick…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Spencer Creek

Spencer Creek road runs through the Wenatchee National Forest, it is a gravel and natural surface easy road. There are both small and big camping spots along this route, some big enough for 4 or…
Total Miles
3.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Fish Creek

Fish Creek is an overall easy gravel road, that runs through the Wenatchee National Forest. A section of it has been blocked off for larger vehicles as there is a short section that gets tight…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Haystack Overlook

A combination of gravel roads and dirt two-track accessing the Crooked River National Grasslands from nearby Madras. Named after a spur that accesses a hill with a great overlook of nearby Haystack Reservoir. There are…
Total Miles
10.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Green Ridge

This is a 75-mile gravel connector route between Madras, OR and Suttle lake. This route passes through Lake Billy Chinook State Park before climbing into the forest and dropping steeply down to the Metolius River.…
Total Miles
60.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa