Portland, Oregon ranks as one of America's top cycle-friendly cities. But even the most seasoned urban rider sometimes craves twisted trails and scenic roadways, and for that they come to the Columbia River Gorge. Both families and the solo adventurist can appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Gorge on a variety of easy to challenging rides across the region.
And to get you cruising, Skamania Lodge offers free bike rentals for guests year-round. Available for check-out at Waterleaf Spa.
Eagle Creek Overlook
Featuring 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps-era architecture in its rock walls, Eagle Creek Overlook has a one-of-a-kind view of the Columbia River, Bonneville Dam and the dramatic mountains of the Gorge. Cycle this paved trail any time of the year except in snow and ice. Hazards may include steel grating going over the Bridge of the Gods before the dam, slippery roads, and traffic.
Technical Rating: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours; 7.8 miles
Scenic Columbia Gorge Highway
Stunning vistas highlight cycling rides along the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway, a gorgeous two lane road and the first National Scenic Highway in the country. This path provides remarkable views of the most scenic aspects of the Gorge and the river as it passes an array of spectacular waterfalls and awe-inspiring overlooks.