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Columbia River Gorge and Willamette Valley

Summary

Columbia-River 2

The landscapes on our Oregon tours are as varied as they are stunning. There are hilltop wineries, bucolic orchards and laden hop trestles; a bounty that can also be enjoyed off the bike with some of the country’s best wine, food and beer. You cycle quiet lanes and bike paths including the Historic Columbia River Highway – one of Bicycling magazine’s best bike rides. And, whether you are in the Willamette Valley or deep in the Columbia River Gorge, snowcapped Mount Hood will be the backdrop to many of your spectacular photographs.

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
300 km / 186 mi
$ 2,560.-
  • This tour is a custom made tour, ask for a price quote.
  • Luxurious accommodations with a local character, Breakfasts included.
  • Luggage transported between lodgings and wine collection service.
  • Option to shorten or extend the daily distances.
  • GPS units, cycling maps, directions and a custom guidebook; one set per couple.
  • Guide available via phone 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • On-call roadside assistance 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for mechanical issues.
  • Accommodation costs are significantly higher at weekends, there is a $150 per room supplement for Friday and Saturday nights.
  • This tour is also available with standard lodging. Prices started from $1960

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Self-Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
300 km / 186 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
Tour starts any date during this period
Start
Portland (09.00)
Finish
Portland (15.00)
Transfer
Portland center, Portland airport
Airport at start
Portland Int. Airport (PDX)
Airport at finish
Portland Int. Airport (PDX)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,560.-
Helmet included
Optional
transfer from airport
transfer to downtown Portland
$ 100.-
Optional
transfer to airport
$ 100.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 750.-

Itinerary

DAY 1: Vernonia to Mc Minnville

As this is your first day, the intermidiate ride is relatively easy. It starts in Vernonia at the start of the Banks- Vernonia State Trail. This is a car free trail- that travels through Stub Stewart State Park- is built on an abandoned railroad that stretches 21 miles and has a gentle grade through scenic fields and forest. The trail also features 12 bridges including a 600-foot long, 80-foot high railroad trestle. The trail ends at Banks where your guide will meat you for your transfer to McMinnville.

Leisure riders will start at the Stub Steweart State Park Headquarters – halfway along the Banks-Vernonia trai – and, from here, join the route described above.
Challenge riders follow the intermediate route to Banks and from there ride a futher 10-miles, cruising along quiet lanes to Forest Grove. This section of riding is where you’ll see your first vineyards. Your guide will transfer you from Forest Grove to McMinnville.

Those looking for a more Epic start to their tour will ride all the way from Vernonia to McMinnville,

DAY 2: McMinnville Loops

Today’s Intermediate ride meanders along the quiet lanes of the Amity Hills and the Dundee Hills. There are stunning views across fields of vines to snow-cappedpeaks of Mount Hood and you have the chance to visit a host of family run and organic wineries. Towns you visit included Dayton and Lafayette- both of which have good lunch options. Alternatively, take a picnic to one of thewineries. Stoller estate is a great choise; on a hill with stunning fews. Domaine Serene and Domaine Drouhin are also nearby.

Leisure riders take a more direct route to Stoller Winery- avoiding the Amity Hills – and ride back on the intermediate route described above, an even shorter ride takes you to the Evergreen Aviation And Space Museum. Museum exihibits include the Spruce Goose. This Howard- Hughes- inspired plane was the largest flying boat ever built and was almost entirely made from wood.
Challenge riders head into the Coast rRange for a series of ups and downs through forest and past remote farms. Once through the hills, the ride heads east to join the intermediate ride from Amity and back to McMinnville via the Stoller Estate Winery.

DAY 3: Estacada to Welches

Your day starts with a van transfer to rural Clackamas County. Exactly where you start riding will depend on how far you choose to cycle.

Strong intermediate riders will start in the small lumber town of Estacada. After leaving Estacada you ride along back roads climbing steadily past open farmland to the town of Sandy, you head west on quiet lanes through an area known as little Switserland for its U-shaped valley and mountain-framed horizon. You end the day riding through conifer forest, through gaps in the treesyou get glimpses of a snow- capped Mount Hood.

Leisure riders (or intermediate riders looking for an easier day) will join the ride descried above in the town of Sandy. For an even more leisurely ride, asked to be dropped at Marmot, in Little Switserland.
Challenge riders follow the intermediste ride (above) to near Welches where they add on a loop up the slopes of Mount Hood. This Lolo Pass loop adds 20 miles of climbing & descending. Your reward for all this effort? Stunning views and tired legs!

DAY 4: Welches to Hood River

Today you have the choice of riding anything from an easy cruise to a real epic. Whichever way you choose, you’ll enjoy some spectacular scenery on the slopes of Mount Hood.

Intermediate riders will take a ransfer to Cooper Spur –a cluster of cabins at the base of Mount Hood Ski area. From here you descend down the Hood River Valley past orchards, wineries and lavander farms. The area is famous for growing apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits. The many fruit stands make a great rest stop.
Leisure riders will join the ride described above after the main descent, in the small town of Parkdale. Parkdale is also a good place for lunch.
Challenge riders transfer up to Government Camp- a ski town at 4000feet. From here, you ride around the southern flanks of Mount Hood. The ride peaks at 4600 feet before descending down to join the intermediate route at Cooper spur.
Those looking foe an epic ride will simply ride all the way from welches to Hood River,riding up highway 26 to government Camp and joining the challenge route here.

DAY 5: Hoods River loops(A)

All today’s rides start out heading west along the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, along a route described by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best rides in the U.S. Much of the riding is along the historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH) bike path. How difficult you make the ride depends on where you turn around and what route you take back.

Strong Intermediate riders will ride to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. This is a fine place to tae a break, have a browse and eat lunch.you then return to Hood River on a route with stunning views at every turn as the road twice climbs high above the gorge before descending back down to the river.
Leisure riders will follow the ride described above but turn in the town of Mosier. A small afe here provides a pleasant rest stop.
Challenge riders will ride the HCRH all the way into The Dallas. You then return eiter along the gorge or over the apptle- named 7-mile hill.
There is also an epic ride that follows the route of the hood river Grand Fondo – All 100 miles and 7500 feet of it!

DAY 6: Hood River Loops (B) – Last Day

you spent the first part of the day riding out of Hood River and then meet your guide for the end- of – tour transfer at the end of the day. You can do any of the rides listed yesterday – hood River loop (A) – or venture into Hood River Valley on the route described below.

Strong Intermediate riders will ride up the east side of the Hood River Valley to Parkdale, which makes a good lunch stop. From here you head back down the west side of the valley. On this route you pass many fruit farms, some wineries and a lavender farm. The ride is known locally as the fruit loop for its many farm stands.
Leisure riders will follow the ride described above but turn around at the town of Odell. This is a shortened version of the fruit loop. The Apple Valley Country Store makes a good lunch stop.
Challenge riders will head up the slopes of Mount Hood to the applty- named lost Lake. On this ride you climb on car free National forest Development Roads and through countryside liitle changed since Lewis and Clark exploring here.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

colombia-river-rentalbike Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires.
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