Golden Eagle Park in Hood River is the site of one of the newest asphalt pump tracks in the state of Oregon. Designed and constructed by VeloSolutions with the aid of the Parks District and the Hood River Area Trail Stewards, the paved pump track is designed to be long lasting without the constant maintenance requirements of a natural surface dirt track.
Golden Eagle Park is a Hood River Country park adjacent to the Hood River Valley High School. A short drive from the world reknown Post Canyon Trail System, it’s located off Indian Creek Road.
In addition to the pump track, the park also features several picnic shelters, public restrooms and a number of multi-purpose courts and a bocce ball court. There’s also a short multi-use single track trail just off the track.
Sadly, we didn’t have our dirt jump bikes with us – a mistake we won’t make again on our next trip to Hood River. The track looks much more fun than many of the photos & videos we’ve seen would suggest. The rollers are spaced in a way that feel open and flowing, while not so far apart that they aren’t jumpable when you’re railing the lines. More importantly, the berms are of adequate height, not overly tight with plenty of space to get your lean on.
Since these photos were shot, turf and other finishing touches have been added, which should open up quite a few options in terms of transfer lines.
Hood River now has two pump tracks and a trail system that can be reached by bike from town, making it a very attractive place to live for mountain bikers. With world class trail riding and facilities like this, Portland’s urban mountain bike options are feeling extremely “meh” in comparison.