#12: Three Mile County Road • 11.9 mi • 2097 ft
If The Dalles had a Greatest Hits album, half the songs would be called Somethingmile Road. Threemile is one of the absolute classics. Starting just outside town, Threemile traverses a couple beautiful orchards on its way to its namesake Threemile Creek, then bends upward, locking in its course directly toward the top of Mount Hood. The little idyllic, pastoral valley tightens up as the road climbs, until the ranches go away—replaced by rock shelves, oak and pines. Eventually the road crosses Dutch Flat, Threemile Creek trickles away, and the road changes to a national forest road, and climbs up to the 44 Trails area and Surveyor’s Ridge Road.