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4 Reasons to go on a Hiking Tour

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By: Chad Maurer

If you’ve ridden with us before then you know we love to incorporate other outdoor activities like kayaking, rafting, and hiking into our tours. That’s because we want you to experience our amazing destinations in the best way possible, and sometimes that requires getting off our bikes and taking a closer look.

It turns out that we are more than just a bicycle tour company, we’re adventure travel enthusiasts, and we’re very excited to expand our hiking tour destinations and offerings.

Still skeptical? No problem. Here are some great reasons to choose a hiking tour with Bicycle Adventures!

 

1. Tour Dates

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Our tour dates are selected to maximize your experience.

For instance, on our Olympic Peninsula Hiking Tours we look at more than just the calendar – we choose our dates based on low tides, so we can thoroughly explore beaches and coastline. To avoid the weekend crowds from nearby big cities, we operate our Mt. Rainier National Park and Columbia Gorge Hiking Tours only on the weekdays.

 

2. Local Naturalist Guides

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It is easy to appreciate the amazing scenery at these destinations, but what about the story behind the beauty? All our hiking tours are interpretive and led by local naturalist guides whose goal is to create a deeper connection between you and the natural history of the area.

If you are inclined to wonder: How did that mountain get there? What was this place like 25, 100, 1,000, 10,000, or even a million years ago? Is Mt. Rainier an active volcano? Who lived here? How did they survive? Is that Mt. St. Helen’s in the distance? What tree, plant, bird, or animal is that? Why is it here? What is its role? How does it survive? Is this plant edible, medicinal, useful, poisonous, or dangerous?

No problem! Our knowledgeable naturalist guides have the answers to these questions on our Mt. Rainier Tour, and even more to share about the other wonderful ecosystems we visit!

 

3. Lodging

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Location, location, location.

Wherever possible we choose hotels which allow you to go for hikes or walks right outside your door, giving you the opportunity to explore and practice your newly acquired knowledge on your own. That’s why we stay at incredible places like the Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark perched upon the flanks of Mt. Hood, on our Columbia Gorge Hiking Tour. And even though there are several lodging options near Mt. Rainier National Park, the only one located at the aptly-named Paradise Visitor Center and trailhead is the historic Paradise Lodge – and we spend 2 nights there.

We’re all about incredible views, but also being up close to the amazing nature we’re there to explore. And don’t worry, we also build time into our itineraries to allow for self-exploration, or just plain relaxing.

 

4. Small Groups

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No one wants to push their way through a crowd to see the views from Hurricane Ridge, and when you hike Olympic National Park with us, you won’t have to. We keep all our tours intimate and small (7 or less), so we can offer personalized service and great interpretation on the trail without affecting the experience of others or destroying the inherent peace of the places we visit.

 

Ready to Hike?

Our tours explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer! Often the most beautiful places are found beyond where the pavement ends, especially in our National Parks.

We hope to see you out on the trail this summer!

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The ultimate bicycle ride: 10 questions with bicycle tour outfitter Brad Barnard

Browns Guides’ Fred Brown chatted recently with Bicycle Adventures’ Vice President and co-owner Brad Barnard.  Who are your customers? What are your most popular trips? Is there a ‘biking season’? What’s your favorite tour?

Read on for his answers. http://brownsguides.com/the-ultimate-bicycle-ride-10-questions-with-bike-tour-outfitter-brad-barnard/

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Speak Up: The John Wayne Trail

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As most of you know, our Rails-to-Trails tours have been a huge success.  We have sold out dates in in North Idaho utilizing the Centennial Trail, Hiawatha and Coeur d’Alene bike trails.  In South Dakota we are on the Mickelson Trail.  In Missouri, the Katy.  In Western Washington, the John Wayne.

In Washington we have an opportunity for the longest continuous Rails-to-Trails in America.  It will run from the lush green Puget Sound over the snowy Cascade range, through the longest tunnel in North America available by bike (bring a coat), past wind farms, over the mighty Columbia river, through the alien scab lands and finish in the rich farm lands near the Idaho border.  It’s there and it’s available, but some access issues and land management hurdles are preventing us from offering amazing tours on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

We have a lot of momentum and the interest is huge.  And when the gaps are filled in, we will be proud to show the world our most beautiful state from the seat of the bike.

Want to help? If you are interested in learning more, or writing to interested parties, here are some valuable resources.

I wrote to Randy Kline and he was very quick to respond and asked that I introduce myself at the next event. I can’t be at either of the two scheduled for this week, but I’m staying in touch. If you’re in Cheney, Washington tomorrow night – or Ellensburg, Washington on Wednesday March 9 – please feel free to show up and speak up. Details are on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail website.

See you on the bike – on the road, the trail or in the mountains –

Matt Paul

Operations Director | Bicycle Adventures

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Above: Picture Gorge, Oregon (photo by Sumio Koizumi) 

Wallowa County, a spectacular area where we ride on the Hells Canyon bike tour, is considering a new idea: a Rail With Trail. 

The concept: Build a bike path near the 63-mile recreational train line that runs between Joseph and Elgin, Oregon. It would take time and not be cheap. But besides leaving a great legacy, a path like this will provide jobs for the community during construction – and then income, as companies like ours take advantage of riding it, bringing guests who need to eat, drink and sleep to small towns that don’t typically see a lot of tourism. It’s always great to have the option to ride a paved path with no cars – especially through the power-packed scenery of the areas where rails-to-trails options typically exist.  We’re definitely keeping an eye on it!

For the full article, click here.

Integrating Travel Into Life

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Chelsea Krost’s Lisa Crocco shares some great ideas for putting more ‘life’ in your life by making travel a priority…something we all need to do more of.

It’s about that time to start working on your New Year’s list of resolutions you wish to accomplish in 2016. When looking back at your experiences in 2015, is there anything that you really enjoyed that you want to continue into 2016 or maybe some things you wish you could do differently? For some, that may mean losing weight, writing more letters or getting a new job. For wanderlust lovers like myself, that means thinking of ways to integrate more travel in my life this upcoming year.

There are hundreds of ways to make traveling a priority in 2016…click here to read the rest.