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RIDING TYPE | ◆︎ Advanced

TRIP DURATION | 5-Days

SEASON | July – August

On this trip we ride through the incredible country between Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. These massive volcanoes are surrounded by beautiful old growth forests with great, buff, singletrack trails weaving through them. We begin on the Mt. Adams side with incredible views and beautiful forest camps. Then we head to the famous Lewis River Trail where we swoop and zoom in and around the giant Douglas firs following the course of the river. No trip to Mount St. Helens would be complete without a visit to the Ape Cave Lava Tube, the longest lava tube in the United States. We take a break from our bikes mid-week to explore this amazing geologic feature. We finish with the Ape Canyon ride to the Plains of Abraham right on the slope of Mount St. Helens. This is an incredible mountain bike ride through the forest on the edge of the lava flow with stunning views of the peak and the pumice fields around it. While some of the singletrack is quite technical, the mileage is very reasonable, and the climbing is fun and do-able.

This is a technical singletrack trip. A high level of fitness is necessary and singletrack experience is highly recommended. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride.

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.

Road Surface: Singletrack dirt, gravel, pine needles, double track and some pavement.
Overall Rating: Advanced
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Altitude: 1,300 - 4,500 feet

MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Hood River, OR
This tour will begin at 9:00 AM PST at Dirty Fingers Bike Repair, 1235 State Street, Hood River, OR, 97031, (541) 308-0420. The Dirty Fingers Bike Repair
will not be open by 9 am, but the Kickstand Cafe, which is next door, will be open and serving breakfast. If you have a personal or rental vehicle, you can park across the street at the Tsurta Park parking lot for the duration of the trip.

You will need to spend the night before in Hood River, which is 60 miles East of Portland, OR.

ENDING TIME

We will return to Hood River between 3:00-4:00 PM on the last day.

GETTING TO HOOD RIVER, OR

Driving
Hood River is located approximately 60 miles east of Portland on Interstate 84. If you’re driving, you can park across the street from Dirty Fingers Bike Repair
at the Tsurta Park parking lot for the duration of the trip.

Flying into Portland
Airport Code: PDX
Portland is the closest airport and there are two options from there:

1) AAA Airport Shuttle provides shuttle service from the Portland airport to Hood River. Call 503-544-9949. If you are flying with your bike, please call ahead of time to reserve space for your bike.
2) Rent a car.

TAXI SERVICE

Hood River Taxi: 541-905-8296 or 541-399-9954
Gorge Yellow Cab: 541-490-2497

LODGING BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Hood River is a gateway city to Mt. Hood, and it is very popular during the summer months. It is a good idea to book your rooms several months in advance if possible. Here are a few recommendations:

Sunset Motel
541-386-6332

Hood River Hotel
541-386-1900, 800-386-1859

Oak Street Hotel
541-386-3845

Riverview Lodge
541-386-8719, 800-789-9568

Comfort Inn & Suites
541-308-1000

Best Western Hood River Inn
541-386-2200

Be sure to bring everything on this list. We have carefully developed this list to ensure your comfort on the tour regardless of the weather. If you are prepared for extreme weather, it is an adventure. If you are not prepared it can be a serious problem. We recommend the layering system, including a wicking or long underwear layer, an insulating layer and a weather barrier for wind and rain. This list reflects that philosophy. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so be sure to bring all the warm clothing and rain gear listed!

HOW TO PACK: When you arrive for your tour, you will be given a dry bag in which to pack your gear for the trip. Smaller bags may fit, but very large duffels will not.

To pack efficiently in a dry bag, we highly recommend you compartmentalize your clothing and gear into separate bags. Stuff sacks, reusable grocery bags,
etc. in different colors work great for this (example: cycling gear in blue stuff sack, camp clothes in red stuff sack, etc.).

Your dry bag will ride on the Western Spirit support vehicle and will not be accessible during the day.

For this trip, you will need a riding pack and optional day bag:

  • Your riding pack may be a hydration pack, but needs to carry 2-3 liters of water, rain gear, other warm clothing, and food for the day. You may be
    away from camp and the support vehicle all day and need to be self-sufficient.
  • A small day bag is optional and may be used to store things you’d rather not ride with, but would like to have access to during the day. This daypack will remain with the support vehicle and may not be accessible, depending on the day.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:
✓ meals, snacks, water, electrolyte drinks, non-alcoholic drinks
✓ camp mugs, all kitchen and dining ware
✓ 2 large cycling water bottles
✓ camp chairs
✓ dry bags to pack your gear
✓ solar showers
✓ sunscreen & bug spray
✓ bike stand and lube
✓ guides bring their own tools
✓ first aid kit with basic medications

BRINGING OR RENTING

o bike (Our rentals come with flat pedals. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.)
o helmet (gratis w/rental bike)
o tent
o sleeping bag
o sleeping pad

CYCLING CLOTHING

o cycling shoes
o 3 - 5 pair cycling shorts
o 3 - 5 cycling shirts
o long sleeve cycling shirt
o long sleeve cotton shirt or solar sleeves
o cycling socks
o windbreaker
o tights or leg warmers
o 2 pair cycling gloves (1 pair full length for warmth)
o rain jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
o rain pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
o warm layer (lightweight synthetic puffy jacket or long sleeve fleece shirt)
o sunglasses or other eye protection

CAMP CLOTHING

o camp shorts
o shirts
o warm socks
o long underwear, top and bottom (wicking layer, not cotton)
o 2 pair warm long pants
o long sleeve fleece or sweater
o pile or down jacket (insulating layer)
o warm gloves and hat
o brimmed hat or visor
o bathing suit (for solar showers on the trip and at the hotel before/after your trip)
o hiking shoes
o sandals
o cheap PVC rain gear (to wear in camp)

PERSONAL

o toiletries
o medication (daily and emergency)
o towel
o biodegradable soap
o wet-wipes
o flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
o sunglasses
o optional day bag
o stuff sacks or reusable grocery bags (or separate compartments for your dry bag)
o cash for tipping guides: your guides work as a team and share all of their gratuities. A tip of 10-20% of the price of your trip given to either one of your guides when you return to civilization is a great way to say thanks for a job well done.

OPTIONAL

o camera, extra batteries
o binoculars
o alcoholic or any of your favorite beverages (your guides will pack these)
o books or maps
o we encourage you to turn your devices off, but if you cannot, please bring a way to charge them. We recommend a portable USB charger with 1-2 charges. Also, putting your phone on airplane mode to save power is recommended.

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Lewis River Singletrack

PRICE | $1,495 pp

Private Departures Available
Call  435-259-8732

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BIKE TRIP TESTIMONIALS

“Food was WAY better than I expected. I like to eat healthy and was worried about “camping food.” The guides prepared amazing food. The trip was a blast in general with gorgeous scenery and good campsites. Guides were very friendly, patient and helpful”

~ Erika

“I was tired at the end of each day and to have everything taken care of as far as dinner and cleanup, it was so nice to have that not be my issue. The guides were amazing, simply amazing….the food was always excellent, their personalities are different but blended with everyone perfectly!”

~ Pam

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on any organized event and this one was simply amazing. My skill and fitness level were not up to those as others in the group but never once did I feel intimidated…”

~ Nick

Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!

~ Teri

“This was our 3rd trip with Western Spirit, so we knew what to expect from the guides and the support they’d provide. The trip itself was spectacular – the scenery was unbeatable and the weather was perfect.”

~ Jennifer

Your guides are your ambassadors, they are fun, energetic and very knowledgeable. I would not do anything different.

~ Paul

The food was fantastic! I didn’t expect such meals. The guides were so friendly, helpful, and entertaining. They really worked well together. Also, they made sure that everyone in their various skill levels enjoyed the rides and that there was enough for everyone.

~ Nichole

“To begin with the landscape and scenery was majestic and awesome. The guides were all instrumental in enhancing the experience with their knowledge, skills, and out of the goodness of their character.”

~ Edward

“Warmth, humor, seriously good people skills,professionalism, competence. They execute their very serious responsibilities with confidence-inspiring grace.”

~ David

“The trip was one of the most incredible experiences of my life… the scenery, the views, the guides, and the food! I loved how great the meals were!!! The guides were unbelievable cooks! After biking all day, to be able to sit down and eat a great meal & drink a beer …man, it was great!”

~ Gary

The guides made the trip totally beyond awesome. They were fun, the food was WAY better than I expected, the rides could be were tailored, guiding was superb, trails were a blast, our campsite was sweet. I have zero complaints.

~ Wendy

“Very accommodating of me being vegan, very cheerful and nice.”

~ Jason
“I was worried riding and camping with a group… could I keep up?… would I “fit in”? I was able to keep up and push myself and was challenged by the terrain, I loved it! The group was great I had nothing to worry about, everyone was friendly and supportive.”
~ Robin

“I had been to Canyonlands two years prior so knew scenery was outstanding but it takes on even more magnificence when seen from seat of bike. The guides were awesome and supportive. Food was better than in most restaurants and more than you could eat.”

~ Michael

“Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!”

~ Teri

“Normally I do self supported but having someone else make excellent food makes me want to do it again”

~ Christl

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