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Bicycle Itineraries

Insider’s Tip:

If you need to put air in your tires, tighten a bolt, or tend to other issues with your bike, the town of Mosier has a self-serve bike fix-it center located along the Historic Highway .25 miles out of town.

Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail

  • Distance: 9 miles out-and-back
  • Paved trail the entire way, closed to traffic
  • Family-friendly
  • Dogs allowed, on leashes only

See and feel what it would have been like to explore the Historic Highway in a Ford Model T on this 4.5-mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail. This part of the highway was abandoned in 1954 with the construction of Interstate 84 and then reopened in 2000 to walkers and cyclists only.

From get there, drive to the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead ($5 day-use fee). The Visitor Center (open 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. every day) offers information about the sites along the trail, as well as historical information about the construction of the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail.

Cyclists can go at their own pace while passing through two climate zones, spectacular geologic formations, wildflowers, scenic overlooks and two tunnels. Drop into the town of Mosier and eat lunch before biking back to the Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead and pedaling the 4.5 miles back to your car.

Insider’s Tip:

During the fall (late October to early November), be sure to look for spawning salmon at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery.

Cascade Locks to Eagle Creek

  • Distance: 7 to 11 miles out-and-back, depending on route
  • Paved trail the entire way, closed to traffic
  • Family-friendly
  • Dogs allowed, on leashes only

See and feel what it would have been like to be one of the first to drive the Historic Highway in the early 1900’s by cycling this bike- and pedestrian-only section of the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail.

Park your car in Cascade Locks at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead and cycle west on the trail. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time as you travel along the path, which after 2.5 miles crosses the Ruckel Creek Bridge. Take a few pictures at Ruckel Falls before hopping back onto your bike and cycling into the Eagle Creek Recreation Area. Check out the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery and the Eagle Creek Campground, which was completed in 1916 (there’s a public bathroom here).

Then, continue west until you encounter a steep staircase equipped with bike wheel grooves for assisting with getting up the steep slope. Continue through the Eagle Creek Viaduct. This was the first sections of the Historic Highway to be abandoned after the opening of I-84 and Bonneville Dam, and also one of the first sections to be restored in the 1990s.

From here, you can take a detour to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery or continue to Toothrock Trailhead, a good turn-around spot. Or, you can extend your ride another 3.2 miles (1.6 miles each way) along a paved trail over the Moffettt Creek Bridge to John Yeon B. State Park. Once back in Cascade Locks, reward yourself with lunch, a local microbrew or ice cream.

Insider’s Tip:

You can easily turn this ride into a loop. Inquire at a local bike shop to determine the best route.

Eastside Road Out-and-Back

  • Distance: 13 miles out-and-back
  • Paved two-lane roads

This ride is loved among locals for its rolling hills, views of Mt. Hood and surrounding orchard farmland, and low-volume traffic during much of the year. Aside from one steep climb and descent (about 1 mile at the beginning and end of the ride), Eastside Road is a moderate road ride. It’s especially spectacular during Blossom Time (April), when all the fruit trees are in bloom.

Start this ride at the bike hub/public restroom in downtown Hood River at 3rd Street and State Street (U.S. Route 30). Head east on State Street until it intersects with OR Hwy 35. Continue east on U.S. Route 30 up a series of switchbacks toward the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead (Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail). At the top of the hill, turn right onto Highline Road. Climb another steep section for .25 miles and then continue until Highline becomes Eastside Road.

After pedaling about 1 mile, you’ll see a turn-off to the right for Panorama Point County Park. It’s worth stopping (even if you have to walk your bike) to get 360-degree views of the Hood River Valley. Once back onto Eastside Road, continue north past historic farmhouses and barns, gardens and more fruit trees until you reach the small town of Pinegrove. You’ll go by the Pine Grove Methodist Church, which was built in 1907 and still serves the town today.

Turn right onto Fir Mountain Road and quickly turn left onto Thomsen Road. Continue about 1 mile and turn left onto Neal Creek Road. Follow Neal Creek Road north for about 2 miles until you get to a Y in the road. Stay left on Forest Road 1710 (paved) until it dead-ends. Turn around and return the same way you came.