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Transit Resources for Cyclists

Transit Resources for Cyclists

It's now easier than ever to get to Sandy, the ski and mountain bike resorts on Mount Hood and all points in-between without a car.  All of the public transit resources in Sandy are bike-friendly. Whether you're a mountain biker looking to spend the day at Sandy Ridge or a road rider looking for a relaxing country ride, please use this page as your public transportation resource.

How to get to Sandy (and Estacada) on your bike:

You can access Sandy's transit system from Portland by riding the Blue Line MAX train eastbound towards Gresham and exiting at the Gresham Transit Center. Sandy has it's own transit system called SAM (Sandy Area Metro) that shares a stop with TriMet busses 80, 81 and 84 at the Gresham Transit Center -- simply walk your bike across the triangular park to NE 8th Street and look for the SAM stop.  The main SAM line connects the Gresham Transit Center to Sandy's transit center at Centennial Plaza -- there is also a SAM bus connecting Sandy and downtown Estacada.

You can identify the SAM busses easily, as they are light blue and have a picture of Mount Hood on the side of them.  All SAM busses have bike racks on the front and will take your bike so long as there is room on the rack.  Please see below for fare and scheduling information.

How to get to Mount Hood on your bike:

You can access all of the cycling destinations on the mountain from downtown Sandy by way of the Mount Hood Express (MHX).  Cyclists can catch the MHX at Sandy's transit center at Centennial Plaza (located at Hoffman Avenue between Pioneer Blvd and Proctor Blvd in downtown Sandy) to get to the world famous flow trail complex at Sandy Ridge, the beginner and intermediate trails around Government Camp, or the Mount Hood Adventure Park at Mount Hood Skibowl. Riders can also get off at some of the villages on the mountain to access local restaurants, retail stores and points of interest.  A popular shuttle ride is to take MHX to Timberline Lodge and ride the Timberline to Town, Crosstown and Pioneer Bridle Trails down to Rhododendron, and then catch the shuttle for another loop. It is mostly downhill and can be done by experienced beginner/intermediate riders.

All MHX busses are equipped with bike racks from April 1 through November 30 (during ski season, MHX are equipped with ski boxes instead).  Beginning June 1st, MHX busses will be equipped with an extra bike trailer that can take up to a dozen bikes.  Please see below for fare and scheduling information.

Transit Fare Information:

  • MAX/TriMet: $2.50 for 2 hours - $5 for a Day Pass
  • SAM: $1 each way
  • MHX: $2 for 2 hours - $5 for a Day Pass*

* MHX day passes include unlimited ridership on SAM busses -- day passes can be purchased from SAM & MHX drivers or at the following locations:

  • Sandy City Hall (39250 Pioneer Blvd - right next door to Joe's Donuts)
  • Sandy Historical Museum & Visitor's Center (39345 Pioneer Blvd - next door to Sandy's transit center at Centennial Plaza)
  • Sandy Inn Best Western (37465 Hwy 26 - in the Safeway retail complex)

Links to transit schedules:  Please click on the links below for schedule information for all area public transit systems.  All transit systems listed here offer service 7 days a week