Singletrack Trails Club
For those of you that need a good bike/trail/hike on dry soil head to the Echo, Oregon trails ! The riding is incredible. Most of the trail loops are silt loam to fine sand in composition, and smooth. A couple of side loops (Trail C) include some rocky areas and exposure, but overall the riding is great—no mud, no snow and a good choice for early or late season rides.
So here are the directions to get there:
Take I-84 to the Echo/Lexington Exit 193; turn left at the stop sign. Follow the signs to Echo—about 4 miles. Turn right at the first stop sign in Echo (right turn without stopping), go ¼ mile and turn left—over the RR tracks and into downtown ECHO…Stay on the main drag through Echo (there is no sign to downtown, but it's left on Main Street, the road toward Lexington), cross the Umatilla River and Westland Irrigation Canal (total distance is about 1 mile) until you reach the top of the hill---turn left on Snow Road (gravel). The total distance from downtown ECHO to Snow Rd is about one mile. Go left (south) on Snow Rd for about 1.6 miles until you come to a WINDMILL on your left—turn left on the gravel road next to the WINDMILL (east). Follow this gravel road for about 0.7 miles (there will be several rock pits on the right and a pheasant hunting club sign on your left) and at the bottom of the hill, turn right through the gate. The parking lot is here and the Trail Signs are up and easily visible (A Trail). [Echo sign] The UTM GPS coordinates for the parking lot are :
11 T 0328836
Park here and ride A Trail---most people ride the loop counterclockwise—but either way is fun. A Trail makes a loop back to the parking lot—other trail loops take off but all link back in to A Trail and the parking lot—you cannot get lost !!!! Total ascent is about 1,500 ft if you ride all the trails. If you ride at a leisurely pace, expect the entire loop(s) to take about 2 hrs. A double track runs up the middle of the area so you can bail and ride it back to the parking lot at any time. Bring water. The trails are dog and kid friendly and a great respite from the snow.
Take your shovel, McCleod, Pulaski or brush cutters along and do about 15 to 30 minutes of trail work to help out—remember…don’t be a Singletrack Slacker !