WHERE to BIKE

From paved biking to mountain bike trails, the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade mountain trails offer endless opportunities for adventure on two wheels. You will experience gorgeous scenery around every turn and moderate to challenging rides for all ages. If you’re wondering where to bike, check out our listing for a few suggestions.
Popular road, mountain and e-bike options listed below.

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Road Biking

WASHINGTON

Mt. Adams Loop
Level: Easy to Intermediate |  11.5 miles

The not-too-demanding Fun Ride loop circles the beautiful Trout Lake Valley with panoramic views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. All but one mile of this route is on country roads with minimal traffic.
Directions:
From Hwy 14, follow Hwy 141 to Trout Lake School, park here. Get on your bike, travel north and turn right on Little Mountain Road. When you hit Sunnyside, stay left and head north until you end on Hwy 141. Travel south on Hwy 141, .75 mile back to the Trout Lake school parking lot.
NOTE: No pass required

Discovery Trail System
Level: Easy |  12 miles

Easy family friendly bike riding through the town of North Bonneville.
Directions:
Travel 7 miles west of Stevenson to North Bonneville. Park across from the gas station.
NOTE: No pass required

OREGON

7-Mile Hill Loop :: Mosier to The Dalles/Rowena Crest
Level: Advanced |  28 miles

The beautiful views on this ride are well worth the climb as is the thrilling descent into The Dalles both from the top of the hill and coming down from Rowena Crest Viewpoint.
Directions:
Drive to the town of Mosier, (10 miles east of Hood River) and start your ride on Center Street. Turn left onto 3rd Avenue. Bear left up the hill onto State Road. Go up. Pass Marsh Cutoff Road on the left, keep riding up, you’ll reach the peak of Sevenmile/ State Road hill, at 1,820 feet. Descend down awesome switchbacks into The Dalles. At 12 miles, take a left at Chenowith Road. Turn left at Chenowith Loop West. When the road hits a T-intersection, take a left onto the Historic Highway. Follow for 8.5 miles to the top of Rowena Crest. Follow the 30 from Rowena Crest back into Mosier.
NOTE: No pass required

Cascading River Scenic Bikeway
Level: Challenging |  69 miles

The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway follows along the Clackamas and Breitenbush rivers in a 70-mile route from Estacada to Detroit. The Bikeway will lead you along ancient forests and past dramatic scenes including rivers, rapids, waterfalls, hot springs and lakes.
Directions:
Travel 17 miles from Sandy on OR-211 to Estacada.
NOTE: No pass required  |  *Free parking in Estacada

Dalles Riverfront Trail
Level: Easy to Intermediate |  10 miles

The Riverfront Trail at the Dalles is a scenic paved pathway along the Columbia River from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center parking lot east to The Dalles Dam.
Directions:
From I-84 in The Dalles, take exit 84 to Brewery Overpass Road and head for the river. The road dead ends in a T-junction. The marina is to the left, the Riverfront Park is to the right. Turn right and enter the park. The trail entrance is below the billboard.
NOTE: No pass required

Historic Columbia River Highway

Enjoy a peaceful car-free experience along with spectacular views on Oregon’s Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Highway State Trail :: Mosier Twin Tunnels :: Hood River to Mosier
Level: Easy to Intermediate |  9-12 miles out and back

Ten miles of this ride are car-free and family friendly. Stunning views of the Gorge and Twin Tunnels.
Directions:
Follow road east from China Gorge Restaurant in Hood River to the Mark Hatfield West Trailhead. For a more advanced ride, continue past Mosier and climb the switchbacks to Rowena Plateau. This will add 6.7 miles to your trip.
NOTE: Oregon State Park Permit required :: www.oregonstateparks.org

Historic Highway State Trail :: Cascade Locks to Elowah Falls Parking Area
Level: Easy to Intermediate |  13 miles out and back

Beautiful car-free trail with optional stops at Bonneville Dam for fish viewing.
Directions:
Park under the Bridge of the Gods next to the mural in Cascade Locks.
NOTE: No pass required

Viento State Park to Wyeth State Park
Level: Easy to Intermediate |  12 miles out and back

A relaxing car-free experience with stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge. Three waterfalls are featured along this route including Cabin Creek Falls, Lancaster Falls and Hole-in-the-Wall Falls.
Directions:
To start at Viento State Park, take I-84 to exit 56, park on the south side of the highway once you enter the park near the trailhead. To start from Wyeth State Park, take exit 51 off I-84. The trailhead is located east of the campground.
NOTE: No pass required

Mountain biking on Coyote Wall in the Gorge along the Columbia River

Mountain Biking

WASHINGTON

Lewis River Trail
Level: Intermediate |  19.2 miles

The Lewis River is one of the most scenic trails in the area with breathtaking waterfalls and old-growth forest.
Directions:
From Carson travel 8 miles to the Wind River Recreation Area. Turn right and follow winding road for 7–8 miles. Turn left on Curly Creek Rd. and turn right on FS Road 90, then take a left on FS Road 9039. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Park on road. *Last stop for gas is in Carson, so be aware!
Another option: Drive to Lower Falls Campground and do the same ride downhill.
NOTE: NW Forest Pass required at campground :: www.discovernw.org

Klickitat Trail
Level: Intermediate |  31 miles

The Klickitat Trail is a gently graded trail corridor that heads north along the Klickitat River, of which 11 miles is designated Wild
and Scenic between Lyle and the town of Pitt.
Directions:
Drive 13 miles east on Hwy 14 towards Lyle. Parking area is on the left just before you enter the town.
NOTE: No pass required

Syncline/Coyote Wall
Level: Challenging to Advanced |  11 miles

The climb up is somewhat demanding. Follow the dirt road up to make it easier — or take the bumpy switchbacks up to challenge yourself and test your skills. This is a technical ride with climbing, loose rocks, volcanic cliffs and switchbacks.
Directions:
Follow Hwy 14 through downtown Bingen and travel past the end of town along Hwy 14 for approximately 2 miles. Keep your eyes open for Courtney Road on your left. Turn left on Courtney Road and there is a parking lot immediately on your right.
NOTE: No pass required

OREGON

Post Canyon
Level: Intermediate to Extreme |  25 miles

Post Canyon has some of the most radical freeride action in the northwest, but it also has some of the easiest terrain to grow your skills.
There are mind blowing wooden stunts built for experts along with an “all ages” fun practice area at “Family Man.” The area offers everything from beginner cross country to advanced cross country.
Directions:
From Hood River, travel west on Oak Street/Cascade Avenue for two miles. Turn left on Mt. Adams Drive, which turns into
Country Club Road. Head up Country Club Road for 1.5 miles to Post Canyon Drive on the right. Follow Post Canyon Drive for
approximately .5 mile to the end of the pavement and park there.
NOTE: No pass required

EasyClimb Cascade Locks
Level: Easy |  3 miles

If you are looking for a trail that is tight and twisty, this is a good trail for a quick fun workout.
Directions:
Take a left on Forest Lane on the east end of Cascade Locks. Turn left on Cramblett Lane. Parking lot is on the right.
NOTE: No pass required

Deschutes River Trail
Level: Intermediate |  24 miles out and back

A scenic out-and-back ride on an old railroad bed in a beautiful deep rock canyon.
Directions:
From The Dalles, head east on Interstate 84/US 30 to Exit 97. Take a right and then an immediate left. Follow State Route 206/Celilo-Wasco Highway for 3 miles to the Deschutes River State Recreation Area on your right, just past the Deschutes River Bridge. Trailhead parking is located at the entrance.
NOTE: No pass required  |  *There is very little shade along this route, so avoid hot days. Rattlesnakes are abundant in this canyon; watch your step if hiking off your bike.

Pioneer Bridle Trail
Level: Challenging  |  8 miles

The eight-mile, intermediate-level Pioneer Bridle Trail parallels Hwy 26 and connects Rhododendron with Government Camp. Riders can continue riding to climb to Timberline Lodge via the Enid Lake, Cross Town and Glade Trails.
Trailhead Directions:
Follow Hwy 26 east through the city of Sandy toward Mt. Hood. Pass through Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron to the Tollgate Campground (about .5 mile east of Rhododendron) on the south side of the highway.
NOTE: No pass required

Surveyor’s Ridge
Level: Intermediate to Advanced  |  20+ miles

Popular mountain biking and hiking trail offering stunning views of Mt. Hood. Includes a few short lung-busting climbs, rocky undulating descents, and plenty of scenic look-outs to enjoy a break. Surveyor’s Ridge can be ridden as an out and back from either the north or south trailhead, or point to point with two vehicles. Note there are options to include Dog River and Oak Ridge trails as well, so bring your maps. Visit www.44trails.org for details and to donate funds to the volunteers who maintain these trails.
Directions:
Closest access is the north trailhead. Take Hwy 35 south from Hood River 10 miles to Pinemont Road. Turn left and travel 1.8 miles to a gravel road on the right that will direct you towards the power lines and end at the trailhead.
NOTE: NW Forest Pass is required when parking at the south and Dog River trailheads

Sandy Ridge Trail System
Level: Intermediate |  15 miles

Located on a ridge just west of Mt. Hood and above the Sandy River, The Sandy Ridge Trail System provides directional singletrack opportunities specifically designed for mountain bikers in the foothills of the Cascade Range.
Directions:
From the east side of Sandy, head east on U.S. Hwy 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) for 11.4 miles. Turn left on Sleepy Hollow Drive soon after a large sign indicating a left turn for Marmot. *Note: This will be the second turn-off for Sleepy Hollow. Once on Sleepy Hollow, go 0.3 miles and turn right on E. Barlow Trail Road and over the Sandy River. After 1 mile on E. Barlow Trail Road, look for the BLM signed parking lot on your left. Trails intersect with the paved Homestead Road north of the gate.
NOTE: No pass required

Timberline Bike Park (Phase 1)
Level: All Levels |  8 miles

New chairlift assisted bike trails with up close views of Mt. Hood. Offering family friendly rides along with more advanced technical single track, steep trails and jumps.
Directions:
From Hood River, drive south on Hwy 35, 38.2 miles. Merge onto Hwy 26 West/Mt. Hood Hwy via ramp to Portland, 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Timberline Road, travel 6 more miles.
NOTE: Trail fee is required

Skibowl Mountain Bike Park
Level: All Levels

The Scenic Sky Chairs provide convenient access for you and your mountain bike to go direct to either mid-mountain or all the way to the summit. The wide-track scenic fun loop for beginners is the easiest way down. Check out the Freeride Mountain Bike Park for the ever-progressing custom designed tracks, jumps and more.
Directions:
From Hood River take Hwy 35 South and follow to Hwy 26 West toward Portland. Follow Hwy 26 West to Government Camp. Look for signs for Mt. Hood Skibowl off of highway.
NOTE: Trail fee is required

Discover why e-bikes are so much fun and becoming a favorite popular activity while exploring the Gorge

Exploring on an E-bike

Discover why e-bikes are so much fun and becoming a favorite popular activity.
Think it is too easy? That is not true, you will still get a workout as your legs are pedaling and you have the option to choose a low or high setting. Many bikers are using e-bikes for commuting which takes away parking hassles and is also environmentally friendly.
Consider letting a guide do the work and take an excursion on an e-bike! They know where to take you for scenic beauty, waterfalls and incredible views.
A very popular e-bike ride is the Twin Tunnels to Mosier Trail. This car-free ride is accessible from downtown Hood River. Take a tour or rent a bike from a downtown shop leaving the hassle of packing up your bikes behind. Rentals and guided tours are available at bike shops in Hood River.

Northwest Excursions aims to create unforgettable Gorge experiences for all skill levels through their guided bike tours

Northwest Excursions

GUIDED BIKE TOURS

Northwest Excursions provides premium, well rounded cycling-centric experiences in Hood River, Oregon. We offer all inclusive 3-day adventure vacations, guided mountain bike, road, gravel and e-bike rides, as well as mountain bike skills clinics. Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider we can create an unforgettable Gorge experience for you.

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