Road Trip: Sandy

Once a rustic trading post stopover, modern-day Sandy boasts a vibrant community well worth a visit. More
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The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway winds through the town of Sandy and along the river of the same name (first called Quicksand River by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery).

During the 1840s, more than 50,000 hardy pioneers passed through here along the historic Barlow Road — the last leg of the Oregon Trail. With the ever-present, glorious peak of Mt. Hood dominating the land, low-key Sandy claims its own special appeal — its unique shops, music fairs and cuisine vie for attention right along with an abundance of snow, forest and river activities in the outdoors.

Trip Ideas

Classic Sandy Experiences

Fishing for Oregon Metalheads
Bike On!
Jonsruds Viewpoint
Mt. Hood History and Huckleberries
Kayaking the Clackamas River
Sandy Historical Museum

Tasty Detours in Sandy

Joe’s Donuts
AntFarm Cafe and Bakery
Buddha Kat Winery
Red Shed Public House
Calamity Jane’s
Try My Thai Restaurant
Sandy Area Farm Loop

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