Mt. Hood MTB Loop – Hut to Hut
Ride a 4-day, 3-night, 140-mile hut-to-hut route around spectacular Mt. Hood. The loop, beginning and ending in the beautiful town of Hood River, will take you through the stunning scenery of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood National Forest, and along the historic Oregon Trail.
The route is managed by Cascade Huts (www.cascadehuts.com/summer_routes.php), and includes:
- Huts supplied with propane stove, lamps, kitchen utensils, sleeping bags and pads
- Huts stocked with food, drinks and water
- Access to huts, and directions and GPS files detailing the route
- Maximum 8 riders per group
Note: The adventure mapped out should not be taken lightly. With preparation, most physically active people will have a challenging but enjoyable trip. Every mountain biker should spend several hours “in the saddle” in the weeks leading up to the ride—preferably with some hilly training routes. The bottom line for a fun and safe journey is to be in good physical condition, and properly equipped and prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature delivers.
This four-day, three night loop starts and ends in Hood River, one hour east of Portland on I-84. The best place to park is the small parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 35 and State Street (across from the China Gorge restaurant). If you stay at the Hood River Inn they will typically allow you to leave your car while making your trip. Several people, including us on several occasions, have parked on neighborhood streets just outside of the metered parking areas in downtown Hood River without incident.The parking area at the trailhead to the Hatfield Trail is typically not available for multi-day parking (although some groups have sweet-talked the ranger).