With amazing singletrack for mountain biking, paved car-free historic highways for road cyclists, and scenic backroads and byways for electric-powered pedalers, cycling the Gorge and Hood River has more than a few options for visitors looking for a two-wheeled adventure.
Whatever your style of riding, STOKED ROASTERS has a blend for every track. With their Certified Organic lineup of six signature series blends, all roasted on-site in their roaster that’s affectionately named Pearl, it’s easy to see why STOKED is known as “The Official Coffee of the Outdoors.” Start the morning with a bulletproof coffee or one of their many other options, paired with a convenient bite for breakfast.
Ride Post Canyon. Start up high and either run a few shuttles or earn your turns by linking together downhill trails with the uphill connectors, then work your way down to the bottom. Or hire a local guide to lead the way and eliminate the guesswork, including Hood River Mountain Bike Adventures.
After a ride, swing by Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen for lunch. Inspired by their travels as professional mountain bikers, owners Nick & Kim Hardin have created a community-focused restaurant that emphasizes local ingredients in Pacific Northwest eats with a global twist.
After lunch, head out to ride the trails off Forest Road #44, a paved Forest Road in Mt. Hood National Forest with access to a number of singletrack trails in the area.
Local Tip: For information on trail systems, conditions, and potential voluntourism opportunities, check out the 44 Trails Association.
End the day with sweeping views of the Columbia Gorge when you dine and drink at the waterfront flagship pub of pFriem Family Brewers, where award-winning beers await along with great food to refuel after a long day. Don’t forget to order the truffle fries and pickle plate!
Built in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hood River Hotel is vital to the community’s heartbeat from its beginning as Hood River’s only true downtown hotel, which continues to be the cornerstone of the town’s epicenter.
The following morning, look no further than Hood River Hotel’s beloved on-site restaurant, Broder Øst. Famed for its Nordic-inspired brunch and an array of morning beverages and libations, it’s a can’t miss when in the hood.
Stretch your legs after breakfast and enjoy the scenic wonder as you road cycle or e-bike along the car-free Twin Tunnels segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This 4.5-mile segment connects the communities of Hood River and Mosier, with trailheads and parking at either end. This popular section features views of the river below and a walk or rides through the Mosier Twin Tunnels, which were filled with rock when Interstate 84 opened but have been carefully restored to their former glory.