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Volcanoes of Washington Tour

Summary

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Two wheels. Four mountains. Six days. A million memories. Crafted for solid cyclists, our bicycle tour of four volcanoes is not for the faint of heart, but it's infinitely rewarding. You'll immerse yourself in the ultimate Cascade Mountain bicycle experience, riding through vast reaches of dense forests, along sparkling rivers, past snow-crowned summits, wildflower-strewn meadows and volcanic moonscapes - some of the Pacific Northwest's most dramatic terrain. Mt Rainier NP limits both the number of tours we can operate (two) and the number of cyclists per tour(10), so reserve early to be one of the 20 lucky cyclists per year who get to take this tour!

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
476 km / 296 mi
$ 3,278.-
  • There are optional miles that can be ridden on many days.
  • Hotel, Inn's are the finest the area has to offer.
  • All meals included except one lunch and one dinner (exceptional dinning).
  • Luggage transfer.
  • Regional expertise.
  • National Parks: Mt Rainier N.P., Mt St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
  • E-bike rent possible.
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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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
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
476 km / 296 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, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
27 Jul 2020 - 01 Aug 2020
17 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020
Start
Seattle
Finish
Portland
Transfer
Seattle
Airport at start
Seattle-Tacoma Int Airport SEA
Airport at finish
Portland Int. airport PDX

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,278.-
high-end carbon fiber bike
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing
Please note: All options not available in all locations. Please give at least 60 days advance notice. 
$ 300.-
Optional
E-Bike
Electric bike: zoom up those hills
Please note: All options not available in all locations. Please give at least 60 days advance notice. 
$ 200.-
Optional
Tandem road bike
Please note: All options not available in all locations. Please give at least 60 days advance notice. 
$ 500.-
Optional
E-bike High end
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing.
$ 300.-
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.
$ 885.-

Itinerary

Day I: Ride from White River to Sunrise

We will be riding in the National Park before noon! Our first ride takes us first along the White River and then high up onto the north side of Mt. Rainier to the Sunrise Visitors Center at 6400 feet. Pedal up through dense forests to the tree line. Once on the ridge, pedal past alpine meadows while admiring the views that extend northward almost to Canada, and southward to the Tatoosh Range, Mt. Adams and beyond. Do your best to stay on the road! The mountain is so close you can feel the cooling breezes from the glaciers. After lunch at Sunrise, cycle back down and then up to Crystal Mountain ski resort where we spend the night at Quicksilver Lodge.
Meals: lunch ,dinner distance: 58 miles (or more) elevation = 5954 ft / -4851 ft

Day: 2 Pedal around Mt. Rainier National Park


Again, virtually all the cycling today is within Mt. Rainier National Park. Once we’ve descended from the ski area, we climb to Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake – arguably the prettiest pass in the Cascade mountains. After the pass, we coast downhill for 15 miles, losing 3500 feet of elevation. Have lunch beneath – and take a short walk through – the oldest grove of trees in the park before starting the climb to Paradise on a spectacular road that wends its way up the mountain from the southeast. Ancient trees tower overhead, waterfalls plunge over cliffs, streams cut through gorges and lakes reflect stunning mountain views. Traffic is less here, too, as most vehicles approach from the west. End the day at historic Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier, which has hosted the likes of skater Sonja Henie and President Harry Truman. The accommodations at this classic National Park Inn have been beautifully redone over the last two years – come see the improvements!
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Distance: 57 mi Elevation: +7348 ft / -6270 ft

Day 3: Spend the day in Paradise

Paradise defies all superlatives and is simply too amazing to miss. The revered naturalist and National Parks advocate, John Muir, described Paradise as “… the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” Local natives referred to these gardens as Sahalee Illahee, “land of peace”. We find it hard to come up with any higher recommendations. Hiking trails abound at Paradise. Marmots, black bear mountain goats and black-tailed deer abound as well. Go for a walk or hike on your own. Spend some time at the Visitors Center. Or just relax, read a book and soak up the views from the Inn. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Meals: breakfast

Day 4: Ride along a river through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest towards Mt. St. Helens

Ride alongside a river through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest along a little-used country road heading toward Mt. St. Helens. Approach from the northeast, cycling straight into the route that the exploding gases and ash took during the eruption of May 18, 1980. At first the evergreen forest looks normal, but then we notice pebbles of white pumice on the forest floor. Going further, we see that some trees have lost branches. Then standing dead trees appear, then trees that were knocked down by the blast. They lie like spilled toothpicks on the hillside, their trunks all neatly pointing to the still smoldering crater. Devastation seems complete until we crest a ridge and view the ultimate — no trees. Here the hot volcanic gases blasting at over 500 miles per hour not only knocked everything down, but literally blew it all away. From a vista overlooking log-filled Spirit Lake, a park ranger tells us the incredible story of the explosion, the current buildup of a cinder cone in the volcano’s crater, the dramatic increase in volcanic activity since September 2004, the amazing reemergence of life in the 1980 blast zone, and the possibility of a future eruption. Awesome! From Mt. St. Helens we van to the Columbia River and the elegant Skamania Lodge – a full service resort where we spend the night.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance and elevastion: to Packwood 28 mi, +271 ft / -4618 ft. to Windy Ridge 11 mi, +1716 ft /-609 ft.

Day 5: Ride through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley.

Friday’s ride is through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley. Later, pass through thick forests of tall firs in Mt. Hood National Forest as we wind around the mountain and finish the day with a climb to Timberline Lodge (famous for its place in The Shining). Spend the night here and enjoy a superb meal in a spectacular setting: at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the views are majestic.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Distance: 60 mi elevation: +8233 ft / -2703 ft

Day 6: Cruise down the flanks of Mt. Hood

Enjoy a lovely, long and well-earned cruise down the flanks of Mt. Hood to a gourmet picnic among the red cedars of Meinig Park. After lunch continue on winding roads beside a river and through a wooded canyon in Mt. Hood National Forest, all the way to the outskirts of Portland. Take a short shuttle to the Portland airport, airport hotels, and downtown Portland hotels.
Meals: breakfast, lunc. Distance: 40 mi elevation: +1463 / -6413

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