Jim O’Horo Memorial Columbia Gorge Explorer ’17 (Vancouver)
May 26 - 29, 2017
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Day 1. (51 miles) Vancouver to Home Valley Park. We’ll head out via local roads through Camas and Washougal, along forested Washougal River Road, then pass Beacon Rock, Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, Bonneville Dam, and the town of Stevenson, taking in the views of scenic Gorge peaks before camping at a small county park just past the turnoff to Carson.
Day 2. (63 miles) Home Valley to Deschutes River State Park. Continue past stunning cliffs and peaks, through a series of tunnels and passing Catherine Creek scenic area, the small towns of Bingen and Lyle, and the pictographs at Horsethief Lake State Park. Then climb through open hills with expansive Gorge views to Maryhill Winery and Maryhill Museum of Art (extensive collection of Rodin sculptures) before crossing the Columbia into Oregon and heading to our campsite on the Deschutes River.
Day 3. (55 miles) Deschutes SP to Viento State Park. Warm up with a short ride to The Dalles for a hearty breakfast. Then we’ll join the Historic Columbia River Highway for the steady climb to the Rowena Crest viewpoint, continuing on a car-free multi-use path through the spectacular Mosier tunnels, then via Hood River to our forested campsite.
Day 4. (64 miles) Back to Vancouver, mostly along the HCRH including recently added car-free paved trail sections, through Cascade Locks, past seven waterfalls including Multnomah Falls, with a climb to yet another spectacular viewpoint at Crown Point before descending to ride along the Columbia and back to our starting point.
Ride Leader: Dave McQuery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 747-6575