Gorge Challenge

Maryhill, Washington

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The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most magnificent natural features in the Pacific Northwest. The gorge, more than 1,000 feet deep, cuts through the high prairie of eastern Washington and Oregon. It's a region of geologic drama and cultural diversity. The rolling hills are covered with farms, ranches, and timberlands, peopled with the rough-and-tough workers on which such industries depend. The gorge, with towering sandstone cliffs and water sparkling under a steady wind and sun, offers spectacular vistas. It's a popular tourist destination, with a variety of recreational attractions to enjoy. Terrain: one major climb during the first 5 miles and several small hills farther along. Roads are generally good, with light traffic or smooth and wide shoulders.
Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest

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Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest

by Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most magnificent natural features in the Pacific Northwest. The gorge, more than 1,000 feet deep, cuts through the high prairie of eastern Washington and Oregon. It's a region of geologic drama and cultural diversity. The rolling hills are covered with farms, ranches, and timberlands, peopled with the rough-and-tough workers on which such industries depend.

The gorge, with towering sandstone cliffs and water sparkling under a steady wind and sun, offers spectacular vistas. It's a popular tourist destination, with a variety of recreational attractions to enjoy. Terrain: one major climb during the first 5 miles and several small hills farther along. Roads are generally good, with light traffic or smooth and wide shoulders.

©  Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Maryhill
Length: 70.9
Elevation Gain: 2,225 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 625 feet
Top Elevation: 1,500 feet
Local Contacts: Klickitat County Visitor Center at Maryhill 509-773-4395
Topo Map: Gorge Challenge Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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