From mountain biking, to gravel rides, to scenic bikeways, the Columbia River Gorge has it all. You’ll find steep up-and-downs, rocky and volcanic soil, varied landscapes and long, rugged rides to challenge even the most experienced biker. If the thought of tearing across the mountainside on a bicycle terrifies you, there are plenty of smooth trails that will take you to restaurants and microbreweries as well.
THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE HIGHTLIGHTS
Columbia River Gorge Bike Map (Requires Adobe Acrobat)
A must-have if you are planning a bike trip in the gorge. Comprehensive map Columbia River Gorge biking published by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Route and elevation maps of the Historic Columbia River Highway from Portland to The Dalles, and Washington SR14 from Vancouver to Horsethief Lake State Park. Includes tips for a safe ride, items to bring along, info on lodgings, weather, museums, parks and campsites.
ODOT published a series of three new cycling maps in 2014, which I think are inferior to the original bike map, but here they are:
Columbia Gorge Cycling Map – Troutdale to Cascade Locks
Columbia Gorge Cycling Map – Cascade Locks to Hood River
Columbia Gorge Cycling Map – Hood River to The Dalles
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department site. Includes facilities information and detailed maps of two restored sections of the highway open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Columbia River Gorge NSA Road Cycling Trails
A great way to enjoy the Historic Columbia River Highway is by bicycle. Weekends are a busy time on the Highway for both vehicle and bicycle traffic.
Columbia River Gorge NSA Mountain Biking Trails
CRGNSA has a few trails open to mountain bike use. Please remember to stay on the designated trail — off roading damages sensitive resources. Cross-country ski trails, old logging roads and paved back country roads provide bikers with a wide variety of biking opportunities. Be sure to check with other area Forest Service offices for additional biking opportunities.
There are lots of road and mountain biking trails in the Columbia Gorge area. So whether you’re an experienced cyclist looking for a challenge, or a newbie one who’s simply looking to do a bit of exploring, there’s a trail for you! With the many scenic areas the Gorge is home to, biking around the region is a truly enjoyable experience. So hit the trails to cycle through our beautiful mountain ranges, see our gorgeous waterfalls, and even view some local color.