Cycling the Columbia Gorge Highway

The Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway has many areas that offer great opportunities to road bike.  Cycling along the highway is great almost anywhere from Portland to the Dalles.  This ride starts in the  Dalles and and climbs through Mosier to Hood river and back.  The entire ride is just over 50 miles and follows lesser traveled parts of the Gorge.  The course is hilly and mixes long flat stretches after the  Dalles with hills climbing in and out of Hood River.   This ride is great in late fall to Spring because there is substantially less rain in this region of the Columbia Gorge.  You can often get warm sunny weather here if it is raining in Portland.

You can park in the Dalles at several public lots near 10th street.  Most public lots allow parking.  You can alternately start at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, park, enjoy the facilities and view of the river, and start the ride.  Our Interactive map’s icon routes you here to start but some like to start this ride in town.  You will ride with the directions below to Hood river then loop around town and return back.  Views of the River are great.

More Cycling Beta for the Gorge

If you scroll over the little yellow man icon in the  upper left of the map above, you can drag him until the map is highlighted in blue and scroll over the roads you will bike on this ride.  This will give you a street view of the ride so you  can advance the view over your entire ride.  Pretty cool huh?

Fun Fact

Also, Google’s server farm is located less than one mile from the start of this ride.  Virtually everything searched by Googele on the interwebs is stored in these buildings in the Dalles.  This means when you’re using their and our cool map API for this ride,  it’s probably gone through their Dalles server farm.

Ride Details

1. Head west on E 10th St toward FirSt

2. Turn right to stay on E 10th St

3. Take the 2nd right onto Union St

4. Turn left onto W 4th St

5. Take the 3rd left onto W 3rd Pl

6. Slight right onto W 6th St

7. Continue onto U.S. 30 W/1st Ave

8. Slight right onto Rock Creek Rd

9. Slight right onto Hood River Rd

10. Continue straight onto Old Dalles Dr

13. Turn left onto Eastside Rd

14. Take the 1st right onto Whiskey Creek Rd

15. Turn right onto OR-35 N

16. Turn left onto U.S. 30 W/E State St

17. Turn left onto 9th St

18. Continue onto Park St

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