Mt Hood Loop Mtn Bike Ride Guide by jennyyingdi

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									                                                                   Cascade Huts LLC
                                                                          PO Box 5126
                                                                  Beaverton, OR 97006
                                                                     971.322.3638 (p)
                                                                 www.cascadehuts.com




Dear Adventurer,

Cascade Huts offers self-guided, multi-day trips in the Mt. Hood National Forest. In the
summer, cyclists can ride our Mt. Hood Loop – mountain bikers can ride forest roads
and singletrack; road bikers have paved road routes. In the winter, snowshoers and
cross-country skiers glide along Barlow Ridge and through the White River Valley.


Our system of huts allows outdoor enthusiasts a convenient way to enjoy the natural
beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Adventurers can focus on the thrills of the journey in
the Mt. Hood National Forest with accommodations and supplies awaiting your
arrival.


Details to plan and prepare for biking the Mt. Hood Loop are on the following pages.
Please visit our website for more information, photos, and press about our
adventures.


We hope you can join us for a trip to the Mt. Hood National Forest.



                             Happy Trails!


                             Don Bain and James Koski
                             Cascade Huts LLC
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Bike the Mt. Hood Loop!

Bike a 4-day, 3-night, 140 mile ride around the
spectacular Mt. Hood. The loop, beginning and
ending in the beautiful town of Hood River,
Oregon, will take you through the stunning
scenery of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood
National Forest, and along the historic Oregon
Trail.

The adventure we have mapped out should not
be taken lightly. With preparation, most physically                 Biking the Mt. Hood Loop
 active people will have a challenging but enjoyable trip. Every mountain biker should spend
several hours "in the saddle" in the weeks leading up to the ride – including as many hills and
climbs as possible. The bottom line for a fun and safe journey is to be in good physical condition,
and properly equipped and prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature delivers.

                                                The cost for the Mt. Hood Loop is
                                                $300/person and includes:
                                                • Huts supplied with propane stove, lamps,
                                                kitchen utensils, sleeping bags and pads
                                                • Huts stocked with food, drinks and water
                                                • Access to huts, and directions and GPS files
                                                detailing the route
                                                • 4-day, 3-night, 140 mile ride around Mt. Hood
                                                • Maximum 8 riders per group


                  Lolo Pass Hut

Reservation Policy

For the Mt. Hood Loop, Cascade Huts requires a 50% deposit per rider at the time of
reservation. The balance of the payment is due 60 days prior to your start date. If you have not
fully reserved the hut with 6 riders (although each hut sleeps up to 8 people, we consider 6
people in one group as a full hut), we reserve the right to add riders to the same start date up to
a maximum of 6 people per hut.

All credit card transactions are handled through PayPal, which accepts Visa, MasterCard,
Discover, and American Express. We also accept checks, which can be mailed to our PO Box.

All payments are non-refundable. If a cancellation is necessary, a credit will be issued for the
amount paid and will be valid for two years from the original reservation date. We regret that
we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies or weather as a cause for refunds. For this
reason, we recommend travel insurance - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_insurance.


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Upon receipt of payment, you will receive additional information about your trip:
       • Participant release form, which each participant must complete and submit prior to
           the trip
       • Electronic map files detailing routes to and between huts, with GPS coordinates
       • GPS files with “tracks” and “waypoints” that can be uploaded to your GPS unit

If Cascade Huts cannot operate due to snow, forest fire, or for unforeseen reasons, we will fully
refund payments made.

Cascade Huts is a proud partner and supporter of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Three percent
of all rental revenues support the National Forest.

Travel Information

The City of Hood River, Oregon, the start and end point for the Mt. Hood Loop, is a convenient
one-hour drive from Portland and its international airport. The drive is spectacular and takes
you through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - don’t forget to stop at
unforgettable Multnomah Falls! There is a multitude of hotel and dining options in Portland or
Hood River. If you need a bike or other equipment for purchase or rental, there are options in
either city.

Travel Links:
Portland Airport – http://www.flypdx.com/
Portland Oregon Visitors Association – http://www.travelportland.com/
City of Hood River – http://www.ci.hood-river.or.us/
Hood River Chamber of Commerce – http://www.hoodriver.org/

Getting from Portland to Hood River:
You have a few options.
   1. Car - it’s an hour drive straight out I-84 from Portland to Hood River.
   2. Bus – http://www.greyhound.com/ (there’s no Amtrak service to Hood River).
        Greyhound is typically about $30-$40 roundtrip from Portland and it drops you off
        within walking distance of the Hood River Inn along the river or downtown Hood River
        on the other side of the freeway. Call for details about bikes, but the rule has been that
        they must be boxed.
   3. Bike from Portland to Hood River – there’s great map and info for making this trek made
        available by the Oregon DOT -
        http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/HCRH/images/HCRHbikemap.pdf
   4. There are three companies that provide various shuttle services catered to bikers:
            • Portland Sag Wagon - http://www.portlandsagwagon.com
            • Ride Division - http://www.ridedivision.com/
            • Epic MTB Tours - http://www.epicmtbtours.com/




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Parking in Hood River while you ride the Mt. Hood Loop:
The best place to park is the small parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection of
Highway 35 and State Street (across from the China Gorge restaurant).

If you stay at the Hood River Inn they will typically allow you to leave your car while making your
trip. Several people, including us on several occasions, have parked on neighborhood streets just
outside of the metered parking areas in downtown Hood River without incident.

The parking area at the trailhead to the Hatfield Trail is typically not available for multi-day
parking (although some groups have sweet-talked the ranger).

Hood River Lodging:
There are plenty of places you can find online, but the Best Western Hood River Inn
(800.828.7873, www.hoodriverinn.com) is recently renovated and a reasonable price. It’s right
on the Columbia River, you get a nice breakfast in the morning, and if you talk to the front desk
they will likely let you leave your car in the parking lot during the bike ride. The only thing bad
about the location is that you’re not right in the main part of Hood River near restaurants,
shops, or the micro-breweries right in town. However, the bar at the Hood River Inn has good
local beers on tap.

Columbia River Gorge:
US Forest Service – http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/forest/
GORP – http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_national_forest/or_colum.htm

Historic Oregon Trail, Barlow Road, and Columbia River Highway:
America’s Byways – http://www.byways.org/browse/byways/2141/overview.html
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Highway
Oregon Trail History Library – http://www.endoftheoregontrail.org/histhome.html
Oregon Trail History Library, Barlow Road –
http://www.endoftheoregontrail.org/road2oregon/sa21barlowrd.html
National Park Service, Barlow Road – http://www.nps.gov/whmi/educate/ortrtg/1or13.htm
Pioneer Woman’s Grave - http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/61400/places/61460/

Mt. Hood and the Forest:
Mt. Hood Overview and Geology –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hood
Mount Hood History –
http://mounthoodhistory.com/
Mt. Hood National Forest –
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/about/

Wildlife:
Mt. Hood National Forest Wildlife –
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/wildlife/index.sht
ml                                                            James and Don at Trillium Lake
Cascade Birding Trail – http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/cascades.htm.


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Other:
Full Sail Brewing, Hood River - http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/
Double Mountain Brewery, Hood River - http://www.doublemountainbrewery.com
Ski Bowl, Government Camp (bike supplies and trails) - http://www.skibowl.com/
Mt. Hood Brewing Company, Government Camp - http://www.iceaxegrill.com/

Bringing your bike to Portland
If you fly with your bike, the Portland International Airport now has an assembly area in the
terminal for riders to reassemble their bikes. See further details here -
http://www.portofportland.com/Notices/PDX_Bike_Assmbly_01_BLT.htm

Rental Bikes
Supplies and bikes are available at several bike shops in the Portland area and in Hood River,
several of which provide bike rentals if needed. There are two bike shops in Hood River where
most riders go for rentals. Tell them you are a Cascade Huts customer and they will be sure to
outfit you accordingly.

         Hood River:
         Discover Bicycles - http://www.discoverbicycles.com/ - Hood River, OR - 541.386.4820
             • Rental prices are $125 for 4 days, which includes bike pump, helmet, and water
                bottle. All of their bikes are full-suspension bikes and they have a good selection
                so sizing shouldn’t be a problem. There will likely be a small fee for adding a
                seat-post rack to the bike. They will accommodate different types of pedals
                depending on type of clip in shoe or if you want platform pedals.

         Mountain View Cycles - http://www.mtviewcycles.com/ - Hood River, OR -
         541.386.2453
            • The standard rental price is $40/day, but if you book early to ensure availability
                and tell them you are a Cascade Huts customer they will rent 4 days for the
                price of 3 days ($120). Rental includes helmet and water bottle. They offer both
                full-suspension and hard-tail bikes. They will accommodate different types of
                pedals depending on type of clip in shoe or if you want platform pedals. They
                will likely install a seat-post rack if you let them know in advance.




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                  Mt. Hood Loop Route Overview

The Mt. Hood Loop is a challenging, demanding, and epic ride. Although the entire trip can be
completed on roads – mostly unpaved forest roads – additional factors, such as the intensity
and duration of climbs, the length of each day’s route, and the altitude, require a high degree of
physical and mental stamina. We strongly recommend that you train for this ride by completing
                                             several long training rides with as much elevation
                                             gain as possible.

                                                      For those looking for a more technical ride, some of
                                                      the best singletrack trails in the Pacific Northwest
                                                      can be incorporated into the route. These highlights
                                                      include Surveyors Ridge, Gunsight Ridge, Pioneer
                                                      Bridle Trail, Waucoma Ridge, and Post Canyon.
                                                      Many of these trails parallel the main route, so
                                                      riders can easily pick the level of technical
                                                      challenge, and meet up further along the main
                                                      route.

                                                      Plan on 6 - 7 hours of riding each day. The roads
                                                      are mostly unpaved, and the sustained gain in
                                                      elevation, especially on Day One, result in a lengthy
                                                      trip. Plan to take several breaks along the way, and
                                                      include a “safety factor” of at least an additional
                                                      hour for unanticipated events such as bad weather,
                                                      bike repairs, etc.
         Singletrack on the Mt. Hood Loop
                Photo by David Reid


                                 Mt. Hood Loop via Main Route
         Route                                           Distance       Ascent     Descent        Elevation
Day 1    Hood River to Surveyors Ridge                      28 miles      6,000’     2,100’       100’ to 4,000’
Day 2    Surveyors Ridge to Barlow Road                     37 miles      4,500’     5,300’     4,000’ to 3,200’
Day 3    Barlow Road to Lolo Pass                           41 miles      5,000’     4,700’     3,200’ to 3,500’
Day 4    Lolo Pass to Hood River                            34 miles      1,900’     5,300’       3,500’ to 100’
                                            Totals          140 miles    17,400’    17,400’




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                            Day One – Hood River to Surveyors Ridge Hut

Distance                28 miles from downtown Hood River to Surveyors Hut
Route                   The Mt Hood Loop begins with a few beautiful miles through the Columbia
                        River Gorge. After passing the city of Mosier, the elevation continues to
                        increase until you reach the Surveyors Ridge Hut (elev. 4,000 feet).
Duration                Fitness Ride: 3-5 hours
                        Scenic Ride: 5-8 hours
Climbing                Hood River is about 100 feet above sea level. The Surveyors Hut is just about
                        the high point of the day at a little over 4,000 feet.
                                         Vertical Profile of Day One




Mosier is the only town you will pass through on Day One. Be sure to bring enough water and
food to sustain you until reaching the Surveyors Ridge Hut.

Day One’s route includes many unmarked Forest Service
roads and intersections to navigate. Please pay careful
attention to the directions. We highly recommend the use
of a GPS device used with the files we provide. At a
minimum, you should have an odometer to track miles to
follow along with the detailed directions we provide, but a
GPS will make your life much easier.

The spectacular Surveyors Ridge singletrack trail is only
about ¼ mile from the Surveyors Hut. If you want to ride
some singletrack on Day One we recommend arriving at the
hut to unload and refuel, and then tackle some of the
Surveyors Ridge Trail on a 6.5 mile loop that allows you to
ride some downhill singletrack for about 3 miles and then

climb back up via a Forest Service Road.                                      Surveyors Ridge Trail
                                                                            Photo by Johnathon Allen




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                         Day Two – Surveyors Ridge Hut to Barlow Road Hut
Distance                37 miles from Surveyors Ridge Hut to Barlow Road Hut
Route                   The first 10 miles of Day Two are fairly level along Surveyors Ridge, whether
                        on the Surveyors Ridge trail or Road 17. You will then climb to the high point
                        of the 4-day loop (elevation 6,000 feet). After several more miles of tame hills
                        (and an opportunity for a challenging singletrack ride on Gunsight Ridge), you
                        will have a thrilling descent to the White River Valley and the historic Barlow
                        Road – the overland route of the Oregon Trail. From there, it’s a slight climb
                        up to the Barlow Road Hut (elev. 3,280 feet).
Duration                Fitness Ride: 4-6 hours
                        Scenic Ride: 6-8 hours
Climbing                After some gentle ups and downs you will have a steep 5 mile climb (gaining
                        about 1,700 feet) to High Prairie at 6,000 feet. It’s a tough climb after all the
                        climbing on Day One, but you are rewarded with a lot of downhill later in the
                        ride.
                                           Vertical Profile of Day Two




There are some excellent options for singletrack riding on Day Two: Surveyors Ridge Trail and
Gunsight Ridge Trail.

We recommend that you ride the singletrack Surveyors Ridge Trail for the first several miles.
You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Hood and the upper Hood River Valley on a fun trail ride. It
begins almost immediately upon leaving the first hut. Heading south, this trail is approximately
10 miles long, and includes some ups and downs, but for the most part is a fairly level and
intermediate-level ride.

Mid-route, you’ll have the opportunity for another 5.3 mile section of singletrack along Gunsight
Ridge. The Gunsight Ridge Trail is more technically demanding than Surveyors Ridge, but again
offers some beautiful views.

Once you reach the Barlow Road Hut, you can take a short hike through nearby old growth
forest or take a dip in the creek adjacent to the hut.




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                            Day Three – Barlow Road Hut to Lolo Pass Hut

Distance                41 miles from Barlow Road Hut to Lolo Pass Hut
Route                   You’ll cross over two passes today, but it’s not as tough as it sounds. Continue
                        on the historic Barlow Road over Barlow Pass (elev. 4,200 feet) – the first road
                        over the Cascade Range established in 1845. After passing Trillium Lake and
                        the town of Government Camp, there is a long descent via forest road or the
                        Pioneer Bridle Trail to the town of Rhododendron. There is a final steep climb
                        (about 2,000 feet) up to Lolo Pass. Your ascent is rewarded with spectacular
                        Mt Hood views from the Lolo Pass Hut (elev. 3,400 feet).
Duration                Fitness Ride: 4-5 hours
                        Scenic Ride: 6-7 hours
Climbing                The climb up to Barlow Pass is rugged and very steep at the end, but you’ll be
                        able to regain strength during the long downhill to Rhododendron. The climb
                        to Lolo Pass is also steep, but it’s on paved road so it’s not as difficult as the
                        climbs on Days One and Two.
                                         Vertical Profile of Day Three




Day Three is a great ride with wonderful vistas. Although the hardest climbs are behind you,
today you climb over two mountain passes – Barlow and Lolo. You will have the opportunity to
visit the historic Pioneer Woman’s Grave, and a refreshing swim and photo opportunity at
Trillium Lake.

If you need the comforts of civilization, there are stores and restaurants in Government Camp,
Rhododendron, and Zigzag, all of which are located along Highway 26. Government Camp has a
bike shop (at Ski Bowl on the south side of Highway 26 from Government Camp), a general
store, liquor store, and the Mt. Hood Brewing Company. Rhododendron also has a grocery store,
Mt. Hood Foods, where you can stock up on any special items you might want for a last night
feast or celebration.

This day’s singletrack option, the Pioneer Bridle Trail, offers steep and thrilling downhill runs,
banked turns, and a short tunnel. You can also take your bike on the chairlifts at Ski Bowl for a
small fee.




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                                 Day Four – Lolo Pass Hut to Hood River

Distance                34 miles from Lolo Pass Hut to Hood River
Route                   The main route is a comfortable descent back to the town of Hood River (elev.
                        100 feet). Along the way, the agricultural bounty of the Hood River Valley
                        stretches out in a beautiful vista.
Duration                Fitness and Scenic Ride:2-4 hours
                        Via Waucoma Ridge - Fitness Ride: 5-7 hours
Climbing                The main route is downhill to Hood River. If riding Waucoma Ridge Trail, you’ll
                        reach a low point of about 1,350 feet before climbing back up to almost 4,500
                        feet over 15 miles on paved roads. It’s a bigger climb than up to Lolo Pass, but
                        like that climb it is paved.
                               Vertical Profile of Day Four direct to Hood River




                 Vertical Profile of Day Four via Waucoma Ridge and Post Canyon




                                           There are two options on your last day. You can stay on
                                           the main route, which are mostly downhill, and arrive in
                                           Hood River with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon.

                                           If you still have some strength for some climbing, take the
                                           Waucoma Ridge Trail, and you’ll be rewarded with
                                           beautiful sights, as well as a great descent through Post
                                           Canyon. Post Canyon is regionally famous for its system
                                           of man-made ramps and jumps and offers a wealth of
                                           singletrack biking. This route includes 15 miles of paved
                                           road with an elevation gain of almost 4,500 feet. Taking
                                           this route adds 14 miles (total 51 miles) and another 4
                                           hours to the trip.




           Waucoma Ridge Trail



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Preparing for the Mt. Hood Loop

Below is a checklist of recommended items to prepare for and bring on your trip. However, you
best know what you need. Think through your trip carefully before departing.

Checklist for Trip

  First aid kit (see elements of kit below)

  GPS and extra batteries (odometer is useful as backup to GPS)

  Maps (detailed topo maps)

  Cascade Huts directions

  Combination to hut locks

  Clothes and gear

  Sleeping bag liner (and pillow if desired)

  Camera

First Aid Kit

Each group of riders is responsible for bringing a first aid kit. First aid kits are provided at each
hut, but we cannot take responsibility for the contents at any given time. Cascade Huts attempts
to keep them stocked on a weekly basis, but an emergency during the week could empty a first
aid kit prior to your visit. Here are some items each group should bring on a trip:

              Water purification tablets or filters (we provide water at huts but be prepared if
              water is needed on the trail)
              Hydrogen peroxide or iodine
              Adhesive tape
              Antibiotic ointment
              Bandages and gauze pads of assorted sizes
              Aspirin or Ibuprofen or equivalent (check for allergies among group)
              Benadryl or equivalent for bites and allergic reactions
              Snake bite kit
              Sunscreen
              Lip balm with sunscreen protection
              Insect repellent (bugs typically aren’t bad, but just in case….)




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It is the responsibility of your group’s leader to collect allergy or medical information and share
with the group. If a rider does have a condition or allergy, make sure the group is aware for
future precaution and recognition of distress.

For needed medications of any kind – make two separate, duplicate kits containing needed
items and pack them in separate places in your travel gear.

Directional Devices (GPS, Odometer, Additional Maps)

We cannot overstate the importance of bringing a GPS for this trip. Some portions of the route
can be confusing, even with directions, especially after a full day of biking. Cascade Huts
provides GPS files (.gpx) with tracks and waypoints for each day’s main route as well as for the
alternate singletrack routes. Many handheld units cost under $200, and it is worth the
investment to keep you on track during your trip. An odometer is absolutely necessary if you do
not bring a GPS and is useful to bring as a backup even if you have a GPS.

Uploading GPS files. You need GPS software to upload the .gpx files to your unit. When you buy
a device it’s typically going to come with software. Often times these software programs are not
very user friendly and do not handle outside files very well.

If you have problems with the software that came with your device or if you don’t have GPS
software, it is highly recommended that you download a free software program EasyGPS -
http://www.easygps.com/. This is an excellent program that will allow you to open up the GPS
files Cascade Huts provides and to upload those files to your GPS device.

  A note of caution from our IT Department (James):

  I have a Garmin ETrex Venture, which doesn't have a large amount of memory, so it restricts and/or truncates
  some larger files. When I upload a file that is too big it beeps and displays a note that the file is "Truncated". Take
  this note seriously if it happens on your GPS device. It may simply crop off a portion of the file leaving the "track"
  short of the destination.

  If you run into this problem you may be able to "simplify" the file with your GPS software and eliminate some of
  the many points that are included along the track and reduce the file size. If you don't have GPS software (or
  even if you do, but want to compare software) check out Expert GPS at http://www.expertgps.com. You can
  download a 30 day free trial of this software. There's also an Easy GPS version that is free, but has less capability.




Buy topographic maps. There are excellent topographic maps provided by Adventure Maps
that cover most of the area of the Mt. Hood Loop. They are a great resource for your ride,
especially if you plan to ride the singletrack routes and Post Canyon. Adventure Maps can be
purchased in several Oregon bike and outdoors shops or you can order them online at
http://www.adventuremaps.net/browse.php. The Hood River and Mt. Hood maps cover most of
the area of the Mt. Hood Loop.




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Clothing

Bring clothes for changing weather conditions. Summers in Oregon are typically warm and dry,
but this is the Pacific Northwest and any day of the year has the potential to be cool and rainy.
You will also reach elevations of 6,000 feet and spend the night as high as 4,000 feet. Pack a set
of clothes that will keep you warm and dry. Layer clothing so you can adapt to changing
conditions.

Gear

              Mountain bike (preferably full-suspension – people have completed the ride
              without any shocks, on a folding bike, and on cyclocross bikes, but a full-suspension
              will eat up the bumps and best handle the singletrack)
              Helmet
              Large hydration pack (i.e., Camelbak – recommend 100 oz.)
              Water bottles (use Camelbak for water and bottles for sport/energy drinks)
              Backpack or rear rack and panniers (small to medium size should be adequate)
              Sunglasses
              Lighters and/or waterproof matches
              Headlamp
              Sleeping bag liner
              Cell phone (reception is spotty, but worth having in case of emergency)
              Batteries for GPS, headlamp, and other devices

Bike Tools and Supplies

              Tire pump
              Tire patch kits
              Extra tubes (recommend 2 per rider)
              Extra chain or chain links
              Chain lubricant
              Bike tool kit or multi-tool, which should include
                  o Chain tool; various sized allen wrenches; tire levers; spoke wrench; various
                      wrench sizes; screw drivers
              Consider
                  o spare spokes and nipples; spare rear derailleur; spare brake and derailleur
                      cables; pump for air shocks; spare brake pads; Leatherman or other multi-
                      tool; duct tape; small coil of medium to heavy gauge wire; bike repair book,
                      if necessary; extra tire

Other Items to Consider

              Swimsuit
              Towel



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Participant Agreement Form

All riders are required to sign and submit a Participant Agreement Form before the trip, which
states that you understand the adventure you are undertaking. Please contact us if you’d like to
see a copy of the Participant Agreement Form.

Riding the Mt. Hood Loop

The adventure is meant to be self-powered and self-sustaining. We do not provide support or
transportation along the route. Be prepared to handle whatever events the weather, bikes, or
your body inadvertently experience.

Except for Day Three, when you pass through the towns of Government Camp and
Rhododendron, nearby services are nonexistent. While it’s not uncommon to come across
others while you are riding, there are no guarantees of assistance.

Things to Keep in Mind While Riding

    ♦ Motorized vehicles are allowed on many of the same roads. Ride single file when
      encountering vehicles and ride on the proper side of the road on curves.
    ♦ Keep your group in contact. Don’t make turns without everyone being aware of the
      proper turn. Make sure everybody in the group has a map.
    ♦ Be aware of animals. There are bears, cougars, snakes and other animals that can pose
      threats along the ride.
    ♦ Be courteous to other hikers, bikers and horseback riders along the roads and trails.

Cellular phone service is spotty, but exists to the point that it is worth bringing a phone in case
of an emergency. The bike route parallels highways 35 and 26 for much of the trip. So, it’s
typically not too difficult for a rider to reach a well-traveled road and seek assistance if needed.

Hydration is of critical importance during your ride. Begin the trip with plenty of water to get
you through the entire day. It is possible that you will not come across any water along the
route until reaching the White River towards the end of Day Two.

Keep in mind the warning signs of dehydration - Fatigue; loss of appetite; flushed skin; heat
intolerance; lightheadedness; dark urine with a strong odor. A good rule of thumb is to take a
few gulps every 10 minutes.

Use a hydration pack (e.g., CamelBak) for easier access and more carrying capacity (100 oz
reservoir recommended). We also suggest carrying two bottles on your bike, one with water,
the other with an electrolyte drink.

To have access to additional potable water along the route in the case of an emergency, we
advise carrying water purification tables or a water filter.



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Weather during the summer months in Oregon are typically dry and warm, there will always be
a couple of storm systems that bring rain and potentially lightning or snow. Additionally, if you
make the trip early in the season there is a possibility that you will come across unmelted
snowpacks at higher elevations that you may have to walk over.




Average Summer Weather Conditions at Hood River – Elevation 100 feet

                        June     July        August        September     October
Avg High (F)                75        82           82              76           65
Avg Low (F)                 50        53           52              44           37
Avg Rain (In)             0.79      0.31         0.49            1.15         2.21

Average Summer Weather Conditions at Government Camp – Elevation 3,888 feet

                        June     July        August        September     October
Avg High (F)                59        67           68              63           53
Avg Low (F)                 41        46           47              43           36
Avg Rain (In)             3.80      1.36         1.61            3.60         6.51




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The Huts

The huts are 256 square feet and
sleep up to 8 people. Each hut has
a kitchen counter area with a
propane stove and lamps. Each hut
is supplied with pots, pans, and
various kitchen utensils needed for
the preparation of meals. Sleeping
bags (rated to zero degrees) and
pads make for a comfortable night
in the wilderness. There is an
outhouse at each hut location.

The huts are abundantly stocked
with non-perishable staples –
pasta, rice, canned meats and
                                                                Hut Interior
soups, energy and candy bars, etc.

There are plenty of items that will satisfy vegetarians. We're not up there every day so we can't
make any promises about exactly what will be in the huts at any given time, but there’s always
plenty of food to eat.

Hut Rules

    ♦ Turn off propane tanks at night and when departing.
    ♦ Conserve water: Limit water use to 2 gallons/rider/day, including for drinking, cooking,
      and cleaning. Wasting water can create a dangerous situation for riders coming after
      you.
    ♦ Keep the critters away: Secure all food waste and trash inside the huts. Keep food and
      supplies locked up when not in use.
    ♦ Campfires are not allowed: Campfires are not permitted and could lead to our services
      being suspended by the United States Forest Service.
    ♦ Do not smoke in the huts. If you smoke outside, please dispose of butts properly.
    ♦ On your day of departure: clean the dishes, sweep the floors, roll up the sleeping bags,
      and be sure the hut is at least as clean as you found it for the next group of visitors.
    ♦ Depart the huts by noon.

Food

Riders typically prepare breakfasts and dinners at the huts. You are encouraged to pack a lunch
and bring snacks from the huts for the day’s ride. There is one opportunity to visit a grocery
store (Mt. Hood Foods) in Rhododendron on Day Three, if you are craving something special.

Note: don’t forget to provide your own breakfast and lunch on Day One!


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The following is a list of items typically available in the huts:

Breakfast - pancake mix, oatmeal, breakfast bars

Lunch and Dinner - canned meats (chicken, tuna, beef, spam), canned beans and soups, rice,
pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, ramen, a variety of energy, granola &
protein bars, mixed nuts/trail mix

Beverages – teas, coffee, soda, sports drinks, water

Lamps and Stove

The stoves and lanterns use propane. Instructions for the use and replacing, as needed, of the
propane tanks are included at each of the huts. Fire extinguishers are included in each hut for
your safety.

Emergency Contact Numbers and Locations

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital (24 Hour Emergency Services)
Call 800-955-3911 or 541-386-3911
810 12th St., Hood River OR 97031

Hood River County Sheriff - (541) 386-2098

Clackamas County Sheriff - (503) 655-8211

Cascade Huts – Don - 971.322.3638

Cascade Huts – James - 503.564.8116


                        Have fun, be safe, and enjoy the adventure!




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