Oregon, Washington, USA

Volcanoes of Washington Tour

DURATION

8 Days

PRICE

$3,996

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

DAILY DISTANCE

40-70 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Biking (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. Eight days. A million memories. Crafted for solid cyclists, our bicycle tour of four volcanoes 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

Day 01

Ride from Salmon la Sac to Cle Elum.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Iron Horse Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Start on Saturday morning with a complimentary ride in our van from Seattle over the Cascade Mountains. Begin cycling on the eastern slope of the Cascades, following country roads through the woods to Cle Elum in the Wenatchee National Forest. Spend the night at the Iron Horse Inn, a bed and breakfast with an outdoor hot tub and rooms filled with railroad memorabilia. The inn is adjacent to a major rails-to-trails bicycle path that crosses Washington State and is near a former railroad station/roundhouse recently converted into a railroad museum.

Day 02

Pedal a scenic by-way along the glittering Yakima River.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Birchfield Manor

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Bicycle from the forested hills down into open cattle country near Ellensburg. Ride beside the Yakima River as it exits the Cascades and cuts through a beautiful, winding canyon before curving into the apple orchards near Yakima. Spend the night at the Birchfield Manor, a luxurious inn with an award-winning wine list.

Day 03

Cycle beneath basalt cliffs along the Naches River on your way to Whistlin' Jack Lodge.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Whistlin’ Jack Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Use “The Mountain” (Mt. Rainier) as your guide today as we pedal west out of Yakima. Follow the Naches River, gently ascending the wooded eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. Continue along the river to Whistlin’ Jack Lodge.

Day 04

Ride over Chinook Pass, past the Grove of the Patriarchs and up through Stevens Canyon to dramatic Paradise Lodge on the slopes of Mt. Rainier.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Paradise Inn, Mt. Rainier

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Most of the cycling today is within Mt. Rainier National Park.  Climb 30 miles to Chinook Pass. Reward yourself with a 12-mile downhill through Cayuse Pass (yes, down to a pass) and along the Ohanapecosh River. Then it’s back to climbing again — 24 miles on a spectacular road up the eastern flank of Mt. Rainier. This is a challenging but very rewarding day as you work your way up the mountain through virgin evergreen forests, past waterfalls from streams fed by snow and glacier-melt.

Day 05

Go for a hike in Paradise!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Paradise Inn, Mt. Rainier

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Spend two nights at Paradise Lodge, a national park lodge located in the middle of the park (at 5,200 feet) on Mt. Rainier. The classic lodge has been beautifully redone over the last two years. Wednesday, hike a gorgeous trail through meadows of wildflowers, beside sparkling streams, and up to commanding views stretching for 100+ miles. Prefer to ride? Head down to the mineral hot springs of Longmire, then back up again to Paradise.

Day 06

Ride south, skirting the flanks of both Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Skamania Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Ride beside 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 you’ll notice pebbles of white pumice on the forest floor. Further along, some trees have lost branches.  Standing dead trees appear, then trees that were knocked down by the blast. They lie like spilled toothpicks on the hillside, trunks all neatly pointing to the still smoldering crater.

Devastation seems complete until you crest a ridge and view the ultimate — no trees. Here, 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 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, van to the Columbia River and elegant Skamania Lodge for the night.

Day 07

Ride Mt. Hood to Timberline Lodge.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Timberline Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Advanced

Friday’s ride is through the apple and pear orchards of the Hood River Valley. Pass through thick forests of tall firs in Mt. Hood National Forest as you 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. Enjoy a superb meal in a spectacular setting: at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the views are majestic.

Day 08

Ride down Mt. Hood to a gourmet picnic among the red cedars.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Today, ride a lovely long downhill from Mt. Hood, followed by a beautiful ride 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.

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As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night.

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