Oregon, Washington, USA

Volcanoes of Washington Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$3,278

LEVEL

Advanced

DAILY DISTANCE

40-60 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included) & hiking

INCLUDED MEALS

All except one lunch and one dinner

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Two wheels. Four mountains. Six days. A million memories. Mt. Rainier National Park limits both the number of tours we can operate (two) and the number of cyclists per tour (ten), so reserve early to be one of the 20 lucky cyclists per year who get to take this tour! Crafted for solid cyclists, our route is not for the faint of heart, but it’s infinitely rewarding. You’ll immerse yourself in the ultimate Cascade Mountain bicycle experience, riding through vast reaches of dense forests, along sparkling rivers, past snow-crowned summits, wildflower-strewn meadows and volcanic moonscapes – some of the Pacific Northwest’s most dramatic terrain.

National Parks on This Tour: Mt. Rainier National Park | Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument | Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia Gorge NSA, Mt Rainier National Park and Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Ride from White River to Sunrise

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Quicksilver Lodge

Distance

58 miles (or more)

Elevation

+5954 ft / -4851 ft

We will be riding in the National Park before noon! Our first ride takes us first along the White River and then high up onto the north side of Mt. Rainier to the Sunrise Visitors Center at 6400 feet. Pedal up through dense forests to the tree line. Once on the ridge, pedal past alpine meadows while admiring the views that extend northward almost to Canada, and southward to the Tatoosh Range, Mt. Adams and beyond. Do your best to stay on the road! The mountain is so close you can feel the cooling breezes from the glaciers. After lunch at Sunrise, cycle back down and then up to Crystal Mountain ski resort where we spend the night at Quicksilver Lodge.

Day 02

Pedal around Mt. Rainier National Park

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Paradise Inn

Distance

57 miles

Elevation

+7,348 ft / -6,270 ft

Again, virtually all the cycling today is within Mt. Rainier National Park. Once we’ve descended from the ski area, we climb to Chinook Pass and Tipsoo Lake – arguably the prettiest pass in the Cascade mountains. After the pass, we coast downhill for 15 miles, losing 3500 feet of elevation. Have lunch beneath – and take a short walk through – the oldest grove of trees in the park before starting the climb to Paradise on a spectacular road that wends its way up the mountain from the southeast. Ancient trees tower overhead, waterfalls plunge over cliffs, streams cut through gorges and lakes reflect stunning mountain views. Traffic is less here, too, as most vehicles approach from the west. End the day at historic Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier, which has hosted the likes of skater Sonja Henie and President Harry Truman. The accommodations at this classic National Park Inn have been beautifully redone over the last two years – come see the improvements!

Day 03

Spend the day in Paradise

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Paradise Inn

Paradise defies all superlatives and is simply too amazing to miss. The revered naturalist and National Parks advocate, John Muir, described Paradise as “… the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” Local natives referred to these gardens as Sahalee Illahee, “land of peace”. We find it hard to come up with any higher recommendations. Hiking trails abound at Paradise. Marmots, black bear mountain goats and black-tailed deer abound as well. Go for a walk or hike on your own. Spend some time at the Visitors Center. Or just relax, read a book and soak up the views from the Inn. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 04

Ride along a river through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest towards Mt. St. Helens

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Skamania Lodge

Distance

To Packwood: 28 miles

To Windy Ridge: 11 miles

Elevation

To Packwood: +271 ft / -4618 ft

To Windy Ridge: +1716 ft / -609 ft

Ride alongside a river through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest along a little-used country road heading toward Mt. St. Helens. Approach from the northeast, cycling straight into the route that the exploding gases and ash took during the eruption of May 18, 1980. At first the evergreen forest looks normal, but then we notice pebbles of white pumice on the forest floor. Going further, we see that some trees have lost branches. Then standing dead trees appear, then trees that were knocked down by the blast. They lie like spilled toothpicks on the hillside, their trunks all neatly pointing to the still smoldering crater. Devastation seems complete until we crest a ridge and view the ultimate — no trees. Here the hot volcanic gases blasting at over 500 miles per hour not only knocked everything down, but literally blew it all away. From a vista overlooking log-filled Spirit Lake, a park ranger tells us the incredible story of the explosion, the current buildup of a cinder cone in the volcano’s crater, the dramatic increase in volcanic activity since September 2004, the amazing reemergence of life in the 1980 blast zone, and the possibility of a future eruption. Awesome! From Mt. St. Helens we van to the Columbia River and the elegant Skamania Lodge – a full service resort where we spend the night.

Day 05

Ride through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Timberline Lodge

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+8233 ft / -2703 ft

Friday’s ride is through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley. Later, pass through thick forests of tall firs in Mt. Hood National Forest as we wind around the mountain and finish the day with a climb to Timberline Lodge (famous for its place in The Shining). Spend the night here and enjoy a superb meal in a spectacular setting: at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the views are majestic.

Day 06

Cruise down the flanks of Mt. Hood

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

40 miles

Elevation

+1463 ft / -6413 ft

Enjoy a lovely, long and well-earned cruise down the flanks of Mt. Hood to a gourmet picnic among the red cedars of Meinig Park. After lunch continue on winding roads beside a river and through a wooded canyon in Mt. Hood National Forest, all the way to the outskirts of Portland. Take a short shuttle to the Portland airport, airport hotels, and downtown Portland hotels.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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