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Trailgate is all about bringing together the singletrack community to celebrate and improve local trails. Photos courtesy of 44 Trails

Hood River’s reputation as a mountain bike destination is well deserved given the wide array of riding options available within a 30-mile radius of town. From flowy freeride descents to forested singletrack routes, the Hood River area has it all and July 9 marks the date of the second annual TRAILGATE Event to celebrate the area’s single biggest network of forested singletrack known as 44 Trails.

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Sandy Ridge was built for mountain bikers by mountain bikers. Photos by Leslie Kehmeier, courtesy of BLM

In the damp, shady forest on the western side of Mount Hood, there’s a magical system of trails so perfect it’s almost like it emerged fully formed out of a mountain biker’s dream.

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