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5 Days Mount Hood Mountain Bike Tour in Oregon Area, USA

Grasshopper Point, Oregon, USA

Adventurous Bike Tour in USA

Join Escape Adventures for their Mount Hood mountain bike tour in Oregon, USA! With an incredibly diverse succession of terrain (glacial plains, mountain ridges, rainforests, woodlands, and orchard valleys), you will cycle from Oregon’s most prominent landmark, Mount Hood, down to the Columbia River Gorge. This mountain bike trip is filled with exciting novelties such as camping at a fire lookout tower, crisscrossing glacier-fed streams, riding through the scenic Hood River Valley, and dipping into the cool waters of the mighty Columbia River. Highlights include views of Mount Adams Oregon and Mount St. Helens as well!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Jeep road, paved country road, gravel to smooth double track, and singletrack
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 117 to 131 miles / 188 to 211 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 853 metes to 1,890 meters / 2,800 to 6,200 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (225 USD)

Highlights

  • 5-day guided mountain bike tour
  • Services of two guides / tour leaders
  • Starts in Barlow Road and ends in Hood River
  • Cycling through glacial plains, mountain ridges, rainforests, and woodlands
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • 4 night's accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in three-man tents in Grasshopper Point, Eightmile Campground, and Surveyor's Ridge. The camping on this trip is in primitive campgrounds with no running water. There are no shower facilities, but solar showers will be available and you will also utilize a portable toilet and exercise a leave-no-trace policy.

Your tent will be equipped with a fly and ground tarp, 30-degree sleeping bag, camp pillow, and self-inflating ground pad. Expect scenic and serene campgrounds, starry skies or full moons, and warm, cozy campfires. Escape Adventures offers high-quality camping equipment because they know that a good night’s sleep is the key to a good day’s ride.

Program

Meeting information

Please arrive in Hood River at least 12 hours prior to your departure time in order to have time to rest before the tour. You will depart from Best Western Plus Hood River Inn at 11:00 and return to Hood River at around 16:00 on the last day.

Program

After following a portion of the historic Oregon Trail along the flanks of Mount Hood, your bike trip traces an ancient glacial ridgeline to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Along the way, you’ll experience the legendary singletrack atop Surveyor’s Ridge, the thrilling descent from High Prairie Trailhead, and panoramic views of the Cascade Range.

Though you will descend from alpine to high desert (a total elevation loss of 4,000 feet), this is an athletic bike tour with a significant amount of climbing and descending each day. Many of the trails you will follow have options for easier logging roads and / or more technical singletrack, making this an ideal mountain bike tour for riders of varying abilities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Barlow Road

You’ll spend most of your day following the Barlow Road. This road is part of the Oregon Trail and was built in the mid-1800s. The trail is mostly narrow Jeep road. This route drops from approximately 4,200 feet to 2,800 feet. This 1,400-foot drop will take you from a sub-alpine rainforest environment to a high desert environment. A stop for lunch will give you a quick break before ascending 1,000 feet to Grasshopper Point, tonight’s camp.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Camp: Grasshopper Point
  • Terrain: Jeep road (some van support)

Day 2: Gunsight Ridge and Lookout Mountain

The ride today will take you alongside Mount Hood’s Gunsight Ridge Mountain Bike Trail. You’ll have superb views of Mount Hood and Badger Lake all day with a challenging climb leading to the lunch spot. The second half of your day will start with a short hike to Lookout Mountain (elevation: 6,200 feet). From here, you can see eight surrounding peaks and views of several glacially carved valleys. You’ll spend the rest of the day descending on an exceptional singletrack to your camp.

  • Total mileage: 22 miles / 35 kilometers
  • Camp: Eightmile Campground
  • Terrain: doubletrack and singletrack (no van support)

Day 3: Kneble Springs Trail, Bottle Prairie Trailhead, and Eightmile Creek

The morning begins with a delicious breakfast prepared by your guides. Eat up, because you’ll need the energy for the unbelievable day of singletrack awaiting you. Miles and miles of fast, flowing singletrack dot the mountain and you will intend to ride most of it. The descending is fast and the climbs are worth it. Highlights include the highly rated Bottle Prairie Trailhead descent, a rest stop at a fire tower, and even a few stunts.

  • Total mileage: 25 miles / 40 kilometers
  • Camp: Eightmile Campground
  • Terrain: Jeep road and singletrack (some van support)

Day 4: Dog River and Surveyor’s Ridge

Today, you will ride one of Escape Adventures' favorite trails in Oregon, Dog River Trail. This trail winds its way along the Mount Hood watershed, proving exceptional singletrack riding. After this descent, you will shuttle back up to the top of the ridge for lunch then tackle Surveyor's Ridge - a fabulous singletrack that traverses its length the south end to the north.

Along the way, you’ll be rewarded with exceptional views of Mount Hood and the Hood River Valley. The singletrack you’ll be riding on is challenging at times, but, for the most part, it’s great intermediate cruising terrain. If you’d like, an optional late afternoon ride can take you down the Oak Ridge Trail for awesome singletrack riding.

  • Total mileage: 20 - 34 miles / 32 - 55 kilometers
  • Camping: Surveyor’s Ridge
  • Terrain: singletrack (some van support)

Day 5: Surveyor's Ridge to Hood River

After a brisk warm-up climb of a couple miles, the next 15 miles is a long descent on logging roads. The terrain will vary from gravel to smooth double track. You’ll have another quick climb and descend to your lunch spot. After lunch, a short climb will take you to the top of a ridge with a great view of the town of Hood River and the Columbia River far below.

A short singletrack will lead you to Whiskey Creek Road (gravel) and several miles of fast descent. Once down in the valley, you’ll follow paved country roads through the orchards of the Hood River Valley and ride your final descent down to the tour's end at the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Total mileage: 28 miles / 45 kilometers
  • Terrain: doubletrack and Jeep road (some van support)

Notes: This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and / or safety of the participants. The inn is also subject to change.

Intermediate

  • Can cycle for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can cycle for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Bike

If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high-quality, durable, and safe ride. Their mountain bikes are full-suspension, lightweight, and adjustable. Both of their tour centers are proud to supply high-end bikes. All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack and Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation. If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during orientation.

Full suspension mountain bike - Specialized Stumpjumper 650b

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the best bang for your buck! This bike features 150 millimeters of front and rear travel, which is plenty of cushions to soak up any bump in the trail. You can visit the Specialized site for more information. Individual components on rental bikes may vary slightly. Please call Escape Adventures for more information.

Bringing your own bike

You may also bring your own bike with you and ship it in advance via UPS (available only in Las Vegas and Moab). Escape Adventures will receive your bike, assemble it, tune it to make sure everything works properly, and disassemble it. You are responsible for the cost of shipping to and from the meeting location. You will be charged for return shipping after the tour. If you are shipping your bike, please write your name, trip, and trip date on the outside of the box and attach this information to your frame. They must receive all shipped bikes no less than four days before your tour.

Bringing your bike on the plane can be quite costly and will require you to assemble your bike in your hotel room before the tour. Most hotels will let you store your bike container for the duration of the tour. Due to space constraints, Escape Adventures cannot take your bike box on the tour van.

Preparing for your mountain tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check your specific itinerary for an idea of your average daily mileage and level of strenuousness - then train appropriately.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4x4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. Their exclusive fleet is custom-built to go further in the backcountry, so you can see places you never knew existed.

Location

This mountain bike tour takes place in Oregon, USA. The route will cover places such as Mount Hood, Barlow Road, Gunsight Ridge Mountain Bike Trail, Lookout Mountain, Knebel Springs Trail, Bottle Prairie Trailhead, Eightmile Creek, Dog River Trail, Surveyor's Ridge, and Columbia River Gorge.

Food

During this tour, the guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride and a delicious meal at the same time - including dessert! Expect to eat only freshly-prepared foods at each meal. You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. They will serve all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Optional late afternoon singletrack riding down the Oak Ridge Trail
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 5-day guided bike tours
  • 2 guides / tour leaders
  • Personal camping gear
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transportations
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • First aid kit
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • Souvenir shirt

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides (based on the quality of your experience: 10-20% of your trip cost to be divided between the guides)
  • Personal items
  • Taxes and fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Portland, Oregon is the closest city with a major airport and car rentals. Escape Adventures recommends that you drive or take a shuttle to Hood River.

Arrival by shuttle

You can take the Escape Shuttle (75 USD) from Portland. The shuttle will leave from the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Airport in Portland, Oregon at 09:00 on the first day of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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