Gordan Peak Trail runs from 178 Road down to meet the Chimney Peak Trail on the South end.
Note that this section of trail is part of the Oregon Timber Trail. We worked with the folks at the OTTA as well as Trans-Cascadia to get this section of trail cleared and rehabilitated in the Summer of 2017. Massive amount of brushing on this trail along with massive overgrowth. We were happy to help the Willamette FS to get these multi-use trails in good shape, now they need more riders to keep the brush in check!
This trail creates the NW side of the Pyramids Epic Loop and winds down through the forest at a reasonable pitch for the most part. At the top you will find an intersection with the Scar Mountain Trail heading to the East. The upper end of the trail doesn’t have the large trees like on the lower end, but does have a nice viewpoint along a ridge after a couple of miles. Here you will find the intersection of the Swamp Peak Trail, which heads uphill for a few miles before entering the Middle Santiam Wilderness.
Near the bottom half of Gordan Peak Trail, the grade becomes a little steeper as you make your way down into the amazing old growth forest.
At the lower end of this trail, the official trail enters the Middle Santiam Wilderness, but a route for MTBers was created by the above mentioned groups with the blessing of the USFS to allow for skirting this Wilderness area. This short route brings you onto an old abandoned road and the start of the Chimney Peak Trail. The old road is covered in green moss and we call it the Magic Carpet Ride. A team from Trans-Cascadia got on their asses and cut each and every little baby tree that was growing on this old road.