Dates: 8/27 - 9/9, 2017
(13 days, 13 nights; Sun. - Sat.)
Assembly Point: Morton, WA
(Timberline van shuttle is included between Portland International Airport and the tour)
Not included: Airline service to Portland, OR; Guide Gratuity
,Meeting time: airport 1pm, hotel 1:30 pm
Drop off time: 5 pm
Tour Cost: $5,600
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, park entrance fees, support van, leaders, tour maps and narrative.
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $1,600
The Great Lodges Odyssey Segment 3 presents a dramatic illustration of the geographic diversity of the Cascade Range. A product of the region's intense volcanic legacy, the Cascades began to take shape 15 to 17 million years ago. As the landscape rose, the Columbia River, with its vast area of drainage, began to carve its course through the basalt bedrock on its way to the Pacific, a process that was dramatically accelerated at the end of the last Ice Age when the Missoula Floods cut the dramatic walls that exist today. The result of those floods is the 80-mile gorge that at times reaches depths up to 4,000 feet. The many streams that drain the region's abundant snowmelt were left hanging by this cataclysmic event, and account for the 77 spectacular waterfalls that today pour hundreds of feet from the basalt cliffs into the Columbia below. Perhaps the best measure of the force of these floods is a comparison of landform elevations within a 40-mile radius of the gorge: Hood River, on the Columbia, at 400 feet, Mt. Adams to the north, at 12, 251 feet, and Mt. Hood, to the south, at 11,240 feet.
The gorge today presents the only navigable breach in the Cascade barrier between the Columbia Plateau to the east and the Pacific. Its role in the settlement and economic development of the Pacific Northwest has been profound. The gorge also illustrates the prudent governmental management and oversight that has created an environment in which economic, recreational and environmental interests can successfully co-exist. The U.S. Forest Service's efforts to rehabilitate the Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area resulted in the creation of a bicycling corridor through the gorge that is truly extraordinary. It is through this corridor that we will launch the third segment of the Great Lodges Odyssey.
We'll spend our final night at the magnificent Crater Lake Lodge, on the brink of the caldera, and then launch into an exciting downhill plunge along the beautiful North Umpqua River toward Roseburg prior to our van shuttle return to Portland.
|Pre-Tour||Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, orientation dinner|
|Day 1||Morton, WA - Spirit Lake Hwy - Mount. Saint Helens, (van to) Hillsboro, OR||37|
|Day 2||Hillsboro, OR - Astoria, OR||100|
|Day 3||Astoria, OR - Cannon Beach, OR||28|
|Day 4||Cannon Beach, OR - Tillamook, OR||42|
|Day 5||Tillamook, OR - Lincoln City, OR||62|
|Day 6||Lincoln City, OR - Florence, OR||78|
|Day 7||Florence, OR - Bandon,OR||68|
|Day 8||Bandon,OR - Brookings, OR||83|
|Day 9||Brookings, OR - Morrisons Lodge, Galice, OR||71|
|Day 10||Galice, OR - Ashland, OR||70|
|Day 11||Ashland, OR - Flying Y at Klamath Falls, OR||69|
|Day 12||Klamath Falls, OR - Crater Lake National Park||65|
|Day 13||Crater Lake - Ride around lake||33|
|Day 14||Crater Lake - ends near Gugene to Dry Creek Cabine Store||54|
Total cycling mileage: 860
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.