Mountain bikers sweat. A lot. And this pristine 1,400-acre alpine reservoir is the perfect place to wash it away—after you’ve pedaled 13 miles through the forest surrounding the lake. The smooth single-track and double-track road make this a lightning-fast ride, so don’t be surprised if you want to do it twice. A second time around means you’ll have an excuse to stop near the lake’s southern end and take in Hood’s hulking form hovering above the deep blue waters.
ROUND TRIP: 14 miles
NEAREST TOWN: Government Camp
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 75 miles
PACK: Mountain Biking Oregon; Green Trails Map No. 493