Surveyors Ridge is the heart of the 44 trails mountain bike system on the eastern side of Mt. Hood and Highway 35. This trail is used for both the Wy’east Wonder and Wy’east Howl trail races. I decided to ask Renee Janssen of Go Beyond Racing, co-director for the Wy’east Wonder, about why she loves this area for trail running and what her favorite routes are using these trails.
“The Surveryors Ridge trail (#688) is a beauty,” states Janssen. “It’s best to run it with a friend so you can make it a shuttle starting or ending at Oak Ridge Trailhead #688A and starting or ending where Surveryors Ridge and Super Connector trail intersect with Forest Road #17 – this is the spot where the Aquaduct aid station is in the Wy’East Wonder. That’s a 10-mile route and has a bazillion stunning views of Mt. Hood. In the late spring/early summer, there are wildflowers everywhere. There are a few old roads/trails that branch off Surveryors Ridge, but you’ll stay on the Surveyors Ridge trail the whole time. If you get to the powerlines, you’ve gone too far (although the Surveryors Ridge trail does continue past the Oak Ridge trail junction so that you can add more that way. Maps show Surveryors Ridge trail going all the way to Pine Mont Road, and it does, but it gets really rough and not as developed). The Oak Ridge trail is steep, so think about how you want to start or end your day when deciding whether to start or finish at that trailhead.”