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Oregon Bike Tours

Lizard Head Cycling Guides offers three very different Oregon bike tours in the Pacific North West, each with their own unique take on a state renowned for it’s world class cycling.

First, we offer the Willamette Valley Bike Tour which covers the upper to middle portion of the verdant Willamette Valley of northwest Oregon, a region known for world class wines, farm fresh foods and it’s easy going and gentle cycling terrain. This tour is geared towards intermediate cyclists looking for a relaxing and leisurely Oregon cycling tour.

Second, we offer the Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour which takes you along the Columbia River Gorge from the lush rain forest environment near Portland up to the near arid high desert region above Hood River along more aggressive terrain. This tour is geared towards intermediate to advanced cyclists looking for more climbing and more diverse terrain.

And finally, we offer our most challenging Oregon tour, The Cascade Cols, which takes you up to some of the most highest passes and elevations in the Cascade Mountain Range in the southeast region of the state including Crater Lake and McKenzie Pass. This tour is geared towards more advanced cyclists looking for a more challenging yet rewarding cycling tour.

Please see below for a brief synopsis of each tour and please feel free to contact us for more information. We can even combine any two of these tours to make an epic 2-week grand tour of Oregon. Please inquire!

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Oregon Bike Tours: Highlights

Willamette Valley Bike Tour

Willamette Valley Bike Tour

Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour

Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour

Cascade Cols Bike Tour

Cascade Cols Bike Tour

Oregon Bike Tours: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2017 Summer Tour Dates

  • June 17 to 23, 2017 Cascade Cols TOUR FULL

Willamette Valley Bike Tour: Overview & Itinerary

The Willamette Valley Oregon Bike Tour offers miles and miles of quiet rural roads along gentle rolling terrain weaving through the farmlands and vineyards of the fertile Willamette Valley with some of the tour following the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. The Willamette Valley is a quality wine producing region on par with California (but far less known) with riders enjoying great riding and exceptional wine on this tour.

Wineries abound in the Willamette Valley

Wineries abound in the Willamette Valley

Beautiful roads, beautiful skies

Beautiful roads, beautiful skies

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

Starting & Ending Town: Portland, Oregon | Portland International Airport (PDX)

Tour Length: Standard tour provides 6-Days of cycling with options for 4-Day and 5-Day tours
* The option for tour length is determined when a tour is originally opened by a guest.

Total Miles: 310 Miles, 6-Day. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Level: 2 (Intermediate) – Mostly rolling terrain with a few short climbs.

Tour Cost: $2,750 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: $100 per night for a private room on tour.

Standard 6-Day Tour Includes:  5-nights of exceptional lodging, guide service, all meals (aside from 1 dinner), forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Accommodations (subject to change): McMenamins Hotel Oregon or McMinnville Inn in McMinnville, Oregon; Silverton Inn & Suites in Silverton, Oregon; Holiday Inn Express in Corvallis, Oregon.

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Overall Route Map

Sample 6-Day Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

  • Day 1 – Vernonia to McMinnville (60 miles): Shuttle from Portland to Vernonia, Oregon to ride the car-free Banks-Vernonia State Trail in the morning and then into the upper Willamette Valley in the afternoon to end the day in McMinnville, Oregon. We will have several opportunities to visit wineries along the route. We can even visit a world class sake brewery!

    60 miles +1720 ft / -2175 ft

  • Day 2 – McMinnville to Silverton (46 miles): Ride through the heart of the Willamette Valley from McMinnville, visit a world class winery for lunch, take a ferry across the Willamette River and end the day in Silverton, Oregon.

    46 miles +1105 ft / -1020 ft

  • Day 3 – Silver Falls State Park Loop (35 miles): Refresh your legs with a leisurely morning loop ride along extremely smooth roads up to Silver Falls State Park and then back. We will have lunch at the park and do some hiking to explore several of the amazing waterfalls.

    35 miles +2770 ft / -2770 ft

  • Day 4 – Salem to Corvallis (49 miles): After a short morning shuttle, ride from Salem, Oregon to Corvallis, Oregon along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

    49 miles +1275 ft / -1195 ft

  • Day 5 – Corvallis Loop (62 miles): Enjoy a mostly flat ride continuing along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway to our lunch stop and a tour of a local winery.

    62 miles +2145 ft / -2145 ft

  • Day 6 – Corvallis to Dayton (54 miles): On the last day, we’ll pedal back north through the Willamette Valley to Dayton, Oregon and then to the Dundee Bistro to end the week with an exquisite meal… and more wine, of course!

    54 miles +2160 ft / -2215 ft

More Information

For more information on the Willamette Valley Bike Tour including a more detailed multi-day itinerary, accommodations, tour costs and tour dates, please call us at 970.728.5891, or send email to info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com

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Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour: Overview & Itinerary

Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River offering exceptional cycling and recreational opportunities along its remote, hilly terrain with its magnificent scenery, lush rain forests, abundant waterfalls and majestic views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Portland and even as far as Mt. Rainer and Mt. Saint Helens in adjacent Washington State. Orchards and wineries abound in this region and we plan to visit many during the course of our journey.

The Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge

Mt. Hood as seen from Lost Lake

Mt. Hood as seen from Lost Lake

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

Starting & Ending Town: Portland, Oregon | Portland International Airport (PDX)

Tour Length: Standard tour provides 6-Days of cycling with option for 4-Day and 5-Day tours
* The option for tour length is determined when a tour is originally opened by a guest.

Total Miles: 305 Miles, 6-Day. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Level: 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced) – Several long climbs to higher elevations.

Tour Cost: $2,750 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: $100 per night for a private room on tour.

Standard 6-Day Tour Includes: 5-nights of exceptional lodging, guide service, all meals (aside from 1 dinner), forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Accommodations (subject to change): McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon; Hood River Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Overall Route Map

Sample 6-Day Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

  • Day 1 – Larch Mountain Out & Back (40 miles): We will embark on a rigorous ride up Larch Mountain to be rewarded by vast views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier near Seattle and even Mount St. Helens. We guarantee that the views from here will not soon be forgotten!

    40 miles +4245 ft / -3525 ft

  • Day 2 – Lolo Pass and Mt. Hood (60 miles): Taking on a more challenging ride, we’ll pedal up into the remote confines of Lolo Pass offering tremendous views of Mt. Hood. We will then descend along the banks of the Sandy River to end in Troutdale, Oregon.

    60 miles +4980 ft / -6260 ft

  • Day 3 – Columbia Gorge (47 miles): Perhaps providing the most awe inspiring ride of this tour, we will cycle up through the Columbia River Gorge through dense rain forests and past myriad waterfalls. We then cross into Washington state over the Bridge of the Gods to ride along the Columbia River and finish near Hood River, Oregon.

    47 miles +2220 ft / -2930 ft

  • Day 4 – Lost Lake Loop & The Fruit Loop (56 miles): Starting with an early morning shuttle to the start, we ride deep into the forest to Lost Lake with it’s stunning and dramatic views of Mt. Hood. Afterward, we descend to ride along “The Fruit Loop” thus named for it’s numerous fruit farms, many of which we will visit!

    56 miles +4610 ft / -5415 ft

  • Day 5 – Scenic Gorge Loop (42 miles): Today provides fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge as it travels on a portion of the car-free Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Between Hood River and Mosier, the five-mile Twin Tunnels segment passes between two climate zones with rainforest on the Hood River side and semi-arid terrain on the Mosier side. Spectacular geologic formations tell the story of the gorge’s creation. This is a must-do ride for any cyclist!

    42 miles +3865 ft / -3865 ft

  • Day 6 – Columbia Hills Loop (58 miles): Today’s ride takes us deeper into the semi-arid terrain, but this time just across the river in Washington state. We start by gently pedaling along the Klickitat River and then take a dramatic climb higher up onto the plain. From here, it’s relatively flat for the middle of the ride and then we descend back down a fun, twisty road to end the ride.

    58 miles +3340 ft / -3340 ft

More Information

For more information on the Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour including a more detailed multi-day itinerary, accommodations, tour costs and tour dates, please call us at 970.728.5891, or send email to info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com

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Cascade Cols Bike Tour: Overview & Itinerary

The Cascade Cols tour is the Oregon equivalent to our extremely popular Colorado Cols tour. This tour covers some of the most remote, car-free challenging terrain within the Cascade Range of southeast Oregon traveling between three national forests, visiting Crater Lake, riding through dense old growth forests and offering stunning views around every turn. This should be every cyclists bucket list tour!

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Aufderheide Scenic Highway

Aufderheide Scenic Highway

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

2017 Summer Cascade Cols Tour Dates

  • June 17 to 23, 2017 Cascade Cols (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!

Starting & Ending Town: Eugene, Oregon or Portland, Oregon

Tour Length: 7-Days of cycling including one layover day

Total Miles: 380 Miles, 7-Day. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Level: 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced) – Several long climbs to higher elevations and overall higher mileage days.

Tour Cost: $2,850 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: $550 for a private room each night of the tour.

Tour Includes: 6-nights of exceptional lodging, guide service, all meals (aside from 1 dinner), forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Accommodations (subject to change): Steamboat Inn in Idleyld Park, Oregon; Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park; McMenamins Old St. Francis School or The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon; Belknap Hotsprings and Lodge in McKenzie Bridge

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Overall Route Map

Sample 7-Day Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

  • Day 1 – Cottage Grove to Steamboat Inn (50 miles): Following a short shuttle from Eugene, Oregon, we tackle the first day starting from Cottage Grove, Oregon soon finding ourselves deep in the dense Oregon forest. About halfway into our ride, we hit our first big climb of the tour up a Category 1 hill with an average grade of 10% and then enjoy a rapid descent to our accommodations at the Steamboat Inn.

    50 miles +4120 ft / -3650 ft

  • Day 2 – Steamboat Inn to Crater Lake (63 miles): Today offers a deceptively challenging ride as we gradually attain an elevation gain of nearly 8,000′ over the course of the day until we reach the indescribable beauty of Crater Lake. We then ride around the western rim of Crater Lake stopping to enjoy the views along the way and then end the ride at Crater Lake Lodge.

    63 miles +7940 ft / -1990 ft

  • Day 3 – Layover, Crater Lake Loop (33 miles): Today is the day to take in the entire splendor of Crater Lake with a casual loop ride around this magnificent natural wonder. We ride in the morning and then take an afternoon water cruise to Wizard Island.

    33 miles +4020 ft / -4020 ft

  • Day 4 – Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (69 miles): Today is all about the beauty of the Cascades as we ride along the gorgeous Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway with magnificent views of it’s many lakes and stunning views of Mt. Bachelor. We finish in Bend, Oregon and check into our quirky accommodations at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, our home for the next two nights.

    69 miles +3450 ft / -4345 ft

  • Day 5 – Layover, Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway (35 miles): After four days of challenging riding, today is a perfect day to give the legs a well deserved rest as you explore the town of Bend and simply relax. There will be an optional on-your-own 35 mile Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway ride for those looking to keep on pedaling.

    35 miles +1615 ft / -1615 ft

  • Day 6 – McKenzie Pass (38 or 58 miles): Departing from Bend, the morning offers an easy 20 mile ride to Sisters, Oregon from where we ride up to McKenzie Pass and amaze in it’s otherworldly volcanic beauty. Those looking for a shorted distance can shuttle to Sisters. We then enjoy a 23 mile descent to end the day at Belknap Hotsprings and Lodge to take a well deserved dip in the refreshing warm waters.

    38 miles +2325 ft / -3870 ft

  • Day 7 – Aufderheide Scenic Highway (69 miles): Saving the best for last, our final day starts from Belknap Hotsprings to the start of the Aufderheide Scenic Highway where we meander deep into the old growth forest riding along perhaps the best kept secret in all of Oregon. We end in Westfir, Oregon and then shuttle back to the starting town to end our tour.

    68 miles +3630 ft / -4205 ft

More Information

For more information on the Cascade Cols Bike Tour including a more detailed multi-day itinerary, accommodations, tour costs and tour dates, please call us at 970.728.5891, or send email to info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com

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