Five miles of fern-whacking single track with a few steam crossings. A big climb and one wide-smile, twisting downhill … long enough to sing all the Barenaked Lady songs you can remember. And … wildflowers!
Loop: 32 miles / 3400 feet
Surface: ~ 35% gravel, 12.5% single track, 52.5% tarmac
Where: ~ 45 min northeast from Hood River, OR / ~ 1 hour, 10 min from Portland, OR
One of the many reasons to do this ride is the Hillbilly Weather Station. The others: incredible views of the Hood River, a few miles of the Klickitat Trail, a switch backy and viewy climb up Fisher Hill, rolling farmland, and a blasting-fun paved downhill. Oh, and lots of wildlife which for us included deer, wild turkeys, and a bear. And let’s not forget the vineyards.
Lollipop: 48 miles / 4400 feet
Surface: ~ 62.5% gravel, 1% Roubaix, 36.5% tarmac
Where: ~ 15 min east of Hood River, Oregon
The Panther is just one cool cat … and so is this ride which includes meandering along and past Panther Creek, Panther Creek Falls, a whole lot of lush forest including the Wind River Experimental Forest and … a stop along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Loop: 21 miles / 2600 feet
Surface: ~ 22.5% gravel road, 78.5% tarmac
Where: ~ 40 min from Hood River, OR / ~ 1 hour, 10 min from Portland, OR
You will need mind altering drugs or a tremendous vision to think the rock formation on this ride looks like sleeping beauty, but this ride is still very much a fairytale …
Loop: 34 miles / 3000 feet
Surface: ~ 40% gravel road, 60% tarmac
Where: ~ 35 min north of Hood River, OR / Trout Lake, WA