Oregon

Discover its Natural Wonders

Oregon

Discover its Natural Wonders

Oregon

Discover its Natural Wonders

Oregon

Discover its Natural Wonders

Oregon

Discover its Natural Wonders

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Highlights

  • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
  • The magnificent Columbia River Gorge
  • The snow-capped volcanoes of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams
  • The Historic Columbia River Highway – one of Bicycling magazine’s best bike rides
  • Great Pinot Noir!

Seasons

Late Spring, Summer, and Early Fall

Starting / Ending City

Portland, OR

Tour Length

3 to 10 days

Trip Types

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided Oregon bike tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided cycling tours in Oregon allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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    Sample Itinerary

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    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.

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Classic  

    START & END

    Portland, Oregon

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Full route briefing and bike fitting at the start of your ride
    • Accommodation and breakfasts
    • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Expert guides delivering superior service

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Hot air balloon flights
    • Wine tours
    • Customize your route

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Forest Grove to McMinnville

    Day 2: McMinnville Loop Day

    Day 3: Cooper Spur to Hood River

    Day 4: Hood River Loop Day

    Day 5: Hood River to Stevenson

    Day 6: Stevenson to Troutdale

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    Day One - Forest Grove to McMinnville

    The Intermediate ride starts in Forest Grove from where you ride along quiet back roads over the gently undulating hills of the Yamhill-Carlton wine region. This pastoral corner of Oregon’s Willamette Valley was once the final destination for many of the Oregon Trail pioneers. Now, the area is rich with a new wave of immigrants – winegrowers – and there are many wineries on your route. To the west, the Coast Range rises to 3,500 feet, establishing a rain shadow over the entire district. Great for pinot and great for biking! Carlton, at mile 25, has several restaurants and tasting rooms and is a fine place for lunch.

    Leisure riders will be transferred to either WillaKenzie Winery or Carlton and, from there, join the Intermediate route described above.

    Challenge riders start out on the Intermediate route but soon detour around Hagg Lake (a popular triathlon course) before heading up a challenging 3-mile climb to Bald Peak. You then ride along a forested ridge before descending back down to the valley and joining the Intermediate route near the WillaKenzie Winery.

    This pastoral corner of Oregon’s Willamette Valley is great for Pinot and great for biking

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles, 400 feet (Carlton)

    25 miels, 700 feet (WilaKenzie)

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

    Challenge
    75 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    McMinnville

    McMinnville is at the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country and the largest town in the area – but still not so big. It has a historic downtown with maple-lined streets. Attractions include galleries, an aviation museum, tasting rooms, breweries, and a couple of excellent restaurants. There is a farmers market every Thursday.

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    Day Two - 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 the snow-capped peak of Mount Hood and you have the chance to visit a host of family run and organic wineries. Towns you visit include Dayton and Lafayette – both of which have good lunch options. Alternatively, take a picnic to one of the wineries. Stoller Estate is a great choice: on a hill with stunning views. 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 exhibits 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 Range for a series of ups and downs through forests 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.

    Stunning views across fields of vines to the snow-capped peak of Mount Hood

    McMinnville Oregon Cycling Loop

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    10 miles, 150 feet of climbing (Space Museum)
    30 miles, 1,000 feet (Stoller direct)

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 1,300 feet

    Challenge
    80 miles with 2,700 feet of

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    McMinnville

    McMinnville is at the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country and the largest town in the area – but still not so big. It has a historic downtown with maple-lined streets. Attractions include galleries, an aviation museum, tasting rooms, breweries, and a couple of excellent restaurants. There is a farmers market every Thursday.

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    Day Three - Cooper Spur 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 transfer to Cooper Spur – a cluster of cabins at the base of the Mount Hood Ski area. From here you descend down the Hood River Valley past orchards, wineries and lavender farms. The area is famous for growing apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits. The many fruit stands make great rest stops.

    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 4,000 feet. From here, you ride around the southern flanks of Mount Hood. The ride peaks at 4,600 feet before descending down to join the Intermediate route at Cooper Spur.

    Those looking for an Epic ride will start in Welches to Hood River; riding up Highway 26 to Government Camp and joining the Challenge route there.

    Descend past the bucolic orchards, wineries and lavender farms of the Hood River Valley

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 920 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 950 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 3,300 feet

    Epic
    65 miles with 5,600 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Hood River

    Outside magazine named Hood River one of America’s Best Towns. There is plenty to do with antique stores, wine bars, shops and galleries. It is also a haven for wind surfers, kite surfers, whitewater rafters, hikers and mountain bikers. There are several craft beer brewers and wine makers in and around the town.

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    Day Four - Hood River Loops (A)

    All today’s rides start by heading west along the spectacular Columbia River Gorge; along a route described by Bicycling magazine as one of the greatest rides in 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 take 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 around in the town of Mosier. A small café here provides a pleasant rest stop.

    Challenge riders will ride the HCRH all the way into The Dalles. You then return either along the Gorge or over the aptly-named 7-mile hill.

    There is also an Epic ride that follows the route of the Hood River Grand Fondo – all 100 miles and 7,500 feet of it!

    A route described by Bicycling magazine as one of the greatest rides in the United States

    Hood River Oregon Loop A cycling tour segment

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 3,100 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 3,500 feet (HRCH)
    50 miles with 4,100 feet (7-mile Hill)

    Epic
    100 miles with 7,500 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Hood River

    Outside magazine named Hood River one of America’s Best Towns. There is plenty to do with antique stores, wine bars, shops and galleries. It is also a haven for wind surfers, kite surfers, whitewater rafters, hikers and mountain bikers. There are several craft beer brewers and wine makers in and around the town.

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    Day Five - Hood River Loops (B) & Transfer to Stevenson

    You spend the first part of the day riding out of Hood River and then meet your guide for your 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 the Hood River Valley on the routes 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 aptly-named Lost Lake. On this ride you climb on car-free National Forest Development Roads and through countryside little changed since Lewis and Clark came exploring here.

    Ride the Fruit Loop passing many fruit farms, some wineries and a lavender farm

    Hood River Oregon Loop B cycling tour segment

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    40 miles with 3,000 feet

    Challenge
    60 miles with 4,700 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Stevenson

    Stevenson is an unassuming town on the Washington side of the Gorge. The small downtown has nice views of the river as well as an antique store, an art gallery, a pub, and nice café. There are activities at the Skamania Lodge including zip lining, an aerial park and axe throwing!

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    Day Six - Stevenson to Troutdale – Last Day

    You return to Oregon for the final leg of your journey; crossing the Gorge on the impressive Bridge of the Gods.

    The Intermediate route follows the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. This starts as a bike path through forests and then becomes a quiet lane that passes many waterfalls: Moffett, Horsetail, Bridal Veil, Latourell and Multnomah Falls. At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls are the highest in the state and can be seen from the road. There is also a short hike up to a viewing bridge. After the falls, a beautiful twisting lane brings you to Crown Point. This imposing bluff stands over 700 feet above the river “guarding” the entrance to the Gorge. A great place to snap an iconic photograph before descending into Troutdale to meet your guide for your end-of-tour transfer.

    The Leisure route follow the Intermediate route to the Multnomah Falls where the ride ends. Here you can either hike up to the falls and enjoy lunch at the historic lodge before being collected by your guide.

    We have a route that takes you all the way into Portland, for those looking for an Epic urban ride to end their tour.

     

    At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls are the highest falls in the state

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 850 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

    Epic
    55 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    McMinnville:

    A ‘Tuscan Estate
    Stay as guest of Erin Gilchrist at the A’Tuscan Estate in McMinnville. The 1928 colonial-style house is tastefully decorated in a European style and is located just five blocks from McMinnville’s historic downtown. The grounds include gardens, porch and patio to relax in. The three-course breakfast features many local-grown ingredients.

    Hood River:

    Inn at the Gorge
    This well-run B&B is in a 1908 Queen-Anne-style house set in pleasant gardens with a large wrap-around porch. The property is within walking distance of the downtown though the return is up a steep hill. The rooms are generally spacious and nicely appointed with many having a sofa and sitting area.

    Stevenson:

    Skamania Lodge
    Set in a 175-acre woodland in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, facilities include an indoor swimming pool, saunas, tennis courts and hiking trails. Rooms are well appointed and many have views of the Mountains. NOTE: The hotel is a mile from the center of Stevenson but has the best restaurant in town.

    McMinnville – Upgrade:

    Atticus Hotel
    A boutique hotel in the heart of McMinnville’s historic downtown. Owner, Erin Stephenson has personally crafted each room using local artisans in a style she describes as, “a sexy spin on an Oregon vibe.” Service is attentive and discrete. NOTE: the hotel does not have a restaurant for breakfast, so we provide vouchers for a nearby eatery.

    Oregon Classic Hotel Features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes
    A hotel upgrade is available in McMinnville to the Atticus Hotel for an extra charge.

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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