Hood River to the Dalles

Portland, Oregon

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This is the classic cycling route in the Columbia Gorge: a nearly perfect combination of low traffic, spectacular scenery, and enough climbing to be a challenge—especially if you make it a round-trip. It works well as a quick one-way, a straight out-and-back (the scenery doesn’t get any worse the second time around), or a hillier round-trip lollipop loop via the fairly fearsome 7-Mile Hill. Climb your way out of Mosier to a short section of flat road, then begin a long, steady ascent through the fertile land of the renowned Hood River Valley. The orchards here are so plentiful and bountiful that a local tourist trail is called the Fruit Loop. All in all, it’s about 10 miles of up, but again the grades are humane, and the surroundings are captivating.
75 Classic Rides Oregon

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75 Classic Rides Oregon

by Jim Moore (The Mountaineers Books)

This is the classic cycling route in the Columbia Gorge: a nearly perfect combination of low traffic, spectacular scenery, and enough climbing to be a challenge—especially if you make it a round-trip. It works well as a quick one-way, a straight out-and-back (the scenery doesn’t get any worse the second time around), or a hillier round-trip lollipop loop via the fairly fearsome 7-Mile Hill.

Climb your way out of Mosier to a short section of flat road, then begin a long, steady ascent through the fertile land of the renowned Hood River Valley. The orchards here are so plentiful and bountiful that a local tourist trail is called the Fruit Loop. All in all, it’s about 10 miles of up, but again the grades are humane, and the surroundings are captivating.

© 2012 Jim Moore /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 20.2
Elevation Gain: 1,407 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Hood River to the Dalles

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