With five volcanoes, countless waterfalls, pristine rivers, vineyards and incredible wildlife — you’ll be stopping for photo-ops with every few pedal strokes in awe of the Columbia Gorge area.
This incredible 8‑day itinerary shows off an impressive gravel trail network that has been laid over the last 100-hundred years. From old logging roads, mining roads, double-track trails and paved trails there are endless opportunities to explore off-the-beaten track and learn about the incredible natural history and geologic formations of the Columbia Gorge. Plus, take in beautiful views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Saint Helens — the landscape is sure to impress.
To kick the adventure up a notch, we have also included a morning whitewater rafting experience on the White Salmon River near Hood River — the adventure hub of Oregon. Get ready to fill your lungs with pristine air, your bellies with amazing food and your camera with incredible memories. It’s time to let loose in the the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Is This Ride For You?
You love getting off-the-beaten path and exploring the road less travelled. You crave car-free rides. You’re comfortable riding up to 75 miles in one day at a moderate pace with breaks on double track gravel trails, paved trails and roads. You usually ride up to three times per week in your hometown and have a good cardio fitness routine. You love exploring new places, and topping to day off with a delicious meal and comfy accommodations.
Day 1. Volcanoes to The Gorge
Welcome to Oregon! This morning, our guides will pick you up from any downtown Portland hotel and we’ll enjoy a 1.5 hour shuttle to the start of our first ride near Swift Reservoir, Washington.
We’ll fit our bikes and ride to beautiful Trout Lake, a small town best-known for beautiful views of snow-capped Mount Adams and sweeping farmlands. Depending on the group, we have a couple of route options for our first day of riding together.
After a delicious lunch, we’ll hop in the shuttle and head to the small riverside town of Bingen, Washington where we’ll check into our first hotel and cheers to a wonderful day!
Day 2. Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area
This morning, we’ll rise and shine in Bingen and enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, we’ll shuttle 5‑minutes to the Coyote Wall trailhead, where we’ll start our morning ride. This route offers up beautiful gorge views and stunning wildflowers.
The Coyote Wall trail will take us into the town of Lyle, Washington where we’ll hop off our bikes, enjoy a post-ride beverage and lunch, then shuttle to Hood River, Oregon.
Tonight, we’ll stay in Hood River and enjoy dinner at the local pub.
Day 3. Rest Day in Hood River
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get your fill of premium Pacific Northwest coffee.
This morning, we have a different adventure planned. Grab your bathing suit and sense of adventure — we’re going whitewater rafting! A quick 20-minute shuttle will take us to the White Salmon River, we’ll meet our rafting guides and hit the river.
This afternoon is yours to explore. Walk around downtown Hood River, enjoy an ice cream and browse the shops, book a massage at the hotel or take a windsurfing lesson (not included) in the nation’s windsurfing capital!
Lunch and dinner are on your own and our guides can offer restaurant recommendations — there are many wonderful options to choose from.
We’ll stay at the same hotel as last night in Hood River.
Day 4. Hood River to The Dalles
Today, we’ll enjoy breakfast at the local breakfast restaurant near our hotel, and then suit up to get back on our bikes!
Our ride starts from the hotel, and we’ll end up in The Dalles at our next hotel. Door to door!
The Dalles is a french word for “rapids of a river through a narrow gorge” — and you will quickly see where the name comes from. There are a few different routes to choose from today, and no matter which way wem go, we will have incredible views and van support along the way.
We’ll enjoy lunch at Mosier Creek, before finishing our ride and checking into our hotel.
Tonight, we’ll dine together at the Baldwin Saloon, a historic restaurant that has been a gathering place for more than 100 years.
Day 5. Columbia Hills Loop
After breakfast this morning, we’ll shuttle to the Columbia Hills Historical State Park situated on the shoreline of the Columbia River.
We’ll enjoy a ride on the Dalles Mountain Loop. This out and back trail offers up incredible gorge views and views of Mt. Hood.
For lunch, we’ll stop in at Gunkel Orchards Fruit Stand for fresh, local hand-picked fruit and other goodies.
After our ride, we’ll shuttle back to downtown The Dalles for our second night in town.
Day 6. The Dalles to Dufur
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy another hotel-to-hotel ride. No shuttles needed!
Today, our final destination is Dufur — a small farming community steeped in history and situated in the foothills of Mt. Hood.
Our ride today includes some of Oregon’s premier gravel riding with sweeping mountain views and the stunning landscapes of Mt. Hood National Forest.
Tonight, we’ll dine together at the Balch Bistro.
Day 7. Dufur to Maupin
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, it’s another day of riding from hotel-to-hotel. We’ll have van support along the way if needed.
Today’s ride takes us from Dufur to Maupin — a small town on the Deschutes River that is built around outdoor adventures! Some of today’s highlights include White River Falls State Park, the Deschutes River Canyon and the Badger Creek Wilderness area.
Once we reach Maupin, we’ll check into our hotel and enjoy our final dinner together.
Day 8. Timothy Lake, Shuttle to Portland
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll shuttle 35-minutes to Highway 26 where we will saddle-up for one last ride this morning.
After lunch, we’ll hop in the van and shuttle 1‑hr back to Portland. High-fives all around, here’s to an incredible adventure!
Our guides will drop-off Riders to any downtown Portland Hotel or airport hotel.