Biking from Portland to Hood River
WARNING – Due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017, the Historic Columbia River Highway is closed for a major section of this bike route, Bridal Veil to Cascade Locks and, and the only alternative is biking on the Interstate. If riding next to 75 mph semi trucks is your idea of fun, proceed with extreme caution. From Cascade Locks to Hood River, you get a mixture of shoulder riding on side roads, dedicated bike trail, but again, most of the route is on Interstate-84. Map of Historic Columbia River Highway closures.
- Alternatively, the Columbia Gorge Express, can accommodate 3 bikes on board, and CAT can accommodate 2 (both listed below). Bike route to Portland’s Gateway Transit Center.
Biking from Hood River to Mosier and The Dalles
- The bike route between these 3 cities is some of the best in America. The route is predominantly car-free, paved Historic Columbia River Highway Trail between Hood River and Mosier. Otherwise, you’ll be riding on the shoulder on calm, rural Historic Columbia River Highway. Expect jaw dropping scenery.
Biking around Hood River
- Hood River is very, very hilly. We recommend a super light bike with 8 or more gears or an electric bike (see rentals below). In general, people driving are used to sharing the road with people biking and are courteous.
- WARNING – bikes are not allowed on the Hood River Bridge to Washington.