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Volcanoes of Washington Tour

Summary

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Four mountains. Eight 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.

Recreational, Road bike
8 days
476 km / 296 mi
$ 3,996.-
  • 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.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
8 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 2019 - 03 Aug 2019
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
$ 3,996.-
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.
$ 1,079.-

Itinerary

Day 1 Meet in Seattle. Ride from the tiny alpine portal of Cle Elum into the Cascade Mountain foothills.

Start on Saturday morning with a complimentary ride in our van from Seattle over the Cascade Mountains.  Begin cycling on the eastern slope of the Cascades, following country roads through the woods to Cle Elum in the Wenatchee National Forest. Spend the night at the Iron Horse Inn, a bed and breakfast with an outdoor hot tub and rooms filled with railroad memorabilia. The inn is adjacent to a major rails-to-trails bicycle path that crosses Washington and is near a former railroad station/roundhouse recently converted into a railroad museum.

Day 2 Follow scenic back roads over Snoqualmie Pass along the glittering Yakima River.

Cycle out of the forested hills and down into the open cattle country near Ellensburg.  Ride beside the Yakima River as it exits the Cascades and cuts through a beautiful, winding canyon before curving into the apple orchards near Yakima. Spend the night at the Birchfield Manor, a luxurious inn with an award-winning wine list and phenomenal food.

Day 3 Cycle beneath basalt cliffs along the Naches River to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge.

Follow the Naches River, gently ascending the wooded eastern slope of the Cascades.  Spend the night at Whistlin’ Jack Lodge in Wenatchee National Forest. Enjoy the river views from your room’s bay window or the outdoor hot tub.

Day 4 Ride Mt. Rainier – from the Grove of the Patriarchs to dramatic Paradise Lodge, which has hosted the likes of skater Sonja Henie and President Harry Truman.

Most of the cycling today is within Mt. Rainier National Park.  Climb 30 miles to Chinook Pass. Reward yourself with a 12-mile downhill through Cayuse Pass (yes, down to a pass) and along the Ohanapecosh River. Then it’s back to climbing again — 24 miles on a spectacular road up the eastern flank of Mt. Rainier. This is a challenging but very rewarding day, as you work your way up the mountain through virgin evergreen forests, past waterfalls from streams filled with snowmelt, and along a road with little traffic.

Day 5 Hike the soaring Skyline Trail. Bike to the mineral springs at Longmire.

Spend two nights at Paradise Lodge, a national park lodge located in the middle of the park (at 5,200 feet) on Mt. Rainier. The classic lodge has been beautifully redone over the last two years. Wednesday, hike a gorgeous trail through meadows of wildflowers, beside sparkling streams, and up to an area with commanding views stretching for 100+ miles. Prefer to ride?  Head down to the mineral hot springs of Longmire, then back up again to Paradise.

Day 6 Ride south, skirting the flanks of both Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.

Ride beside 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 you'll notice pebbles of white pumice on the forest floor. Further along, some trees have lost branches.  Standing dead trees appear, then trees that were knocked down by the blast. They lie like spilled toothpicks on the hillside, trunks all neatly pointing to the still smoldering crater.
Devastation seems complete until you crest a ridge and view the ultimate — no trees. Here, 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 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, van to the Columbia River and elegant Skamania Lodge for the night. 

Day 7 Ride Mt. Hood to Timberline Lodge.

Friday’s ride is through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley.  Pass through thick forests of tall firs in Mt. Hood National Forest as you 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. Enjoy a superb meal in a spectacular setting: at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the views are majestic.

Day 8 Ride down Mt. Hood to a gourmet picnic among the red cedars of Meinig Park before heading to Portland.

Today, ride a lovely long downhill from Mt. Hood, followed by a beautiful ride 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.

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