Stuck in Gil Pond without a winch

Friday, November 10th, 2023, at 1:05 p.m. (PT), we received a request for an offroad recovery in Oregon near Hood River. The requester, Ryder Talbert, submitted the following information: “Stuck in Gil pond without a winch. The road conditions are muddy wet and there are gnarly speed bumps that can and will mess up your rig if your not careful. I am with the vehicle and it got stuck after my buddy tried to drive through full pond. / I’m with the vehicle“.

We verified the request’s location and submitted the request to local volunteers. A few minutes later we got Tad Johnston getting ready to go. But a few minutes before Jordan from The Gorge Off Road and Recovery took care of the recovery and got them out.

offroad recovery in Oregon
Photo submitted by Ryder

We want to thank all the volunteers involved in helping with this offroad recovery in Oregon. They were out by 4:40 p.m. after James Parmiter updated us.

Exploring near Hood River and Mt. Hood

During Spring and Summer, Hood River and the surrounding areas in Oregon offer several 4×4 trails for off-road enthusiasts. Keep in mind that trail conditions can change, so it’s essential to check for the latest information and ensure your vehicle is well-equipped for the specific trails you plan to explore. Here are some 4×4 trails near Hood River:

Near Mt. Hood, by Clear Lake a few years back
  1. McCubbins Gulch OHV Area:
    • Located near Dufur, this area offers a variety of off-road trails suitable for different skill levels.
  2. Knebal Springs Trail:
    • This trail, near Hood River, is open to both off-road vehicles and mountain bikes. It offers challenging terrain and beautiful scenery.
  3. 15-Mile Ridge Trail:
    • Accessible from Hood River, this trail provides panoramic views of Mount Hood and the surrounding landscape.
  4. Washougal River Access:
    • Across the river in Washington, the Washougal River Access area has some trails suitable for 4×4 vehicles.
  5. McClellan Meadows OHV Area:
    • This area, near The Dalles, has off-road trails suitable for various skill levels.
  6. Timberline-Bennett Pass Road:
    • This route, accessible from Government Camp, takes you through scenic mountain terrain.
  7. High Rock Trail:
    • Located near Mount Hood, this trail offers challenging terrain and impressive views.

Before embarking on any 4×4 adventure, make sure to check trail conditions, obtain any necessary permits, and follow responsible off-roading practices to minimize environmental impact. Additionally, consider checking with local ranger stations or off-road organizations for the latest information and any regulations that may apply to the trails you plan to explore.

If you would like to receive a text message when we get a request near you, create your account here: