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Oregon Bike Tours

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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.

Third, we offer the Wallowa Mountains Bike Tour to alpine mountaintops, along the raging Snake River, through Hells Canyon (North America’s deepest river gorge), high into the Wallowa Mountains and through ghost towns, bustling villages, and the painted hills of ancient fossil beds in between. This tour is geared towards intermediate to advanced cyclists looking fair amounts of climbing along remote back country roads.

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!

Oregon Bike Tours: Highlights

Willamette Valley Bike Tour

Willamette Valley Bike Tour

Columbia River Gorge Bike Tour

Cascade Cols Bike Tour

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

Tour 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

2020 Willamette Valley Tour Dates

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

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

Tour Length: 6-Days Cycling/5-Nights Lodging (Our standard tour provides 6-Days of cycling with options for 4-Day and 5-Day tours. The option for the 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 Levels: Intermediate (2/3) , Upper Intermediate (3) – 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.

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

Holiday Discount: Take $150 off 6-Day 2020 Road tours plus a $50 bike rental discount, or $100 off 2020 MTB tours for reservations made thru December 15, 2019. (NOTE: Western US tours only; this discount is not stackable with other discounts)

Single Room Supplement: Add $500 ($100 per night x 5 nights) for a private room on each night of the tour.

Standard 6-Day Tour Includes: 5-nights of exceptional lodging, bike rental included on Oregon tours for rentals made 60 days in advance, 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.

5-Nights Lodging: (subject to change)

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: In 2020 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 carbon road bikes for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 32mm tires, and disc brakes. Altogether, the Scott Addict provides a smooth and comfortable ride for our guests. Rental bikes include pump, tools, and spare tubes. NOTE: Bike rentals can be limited, so please reserve in advance.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals. If you need more info on our bike rentals, please email info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call 970.728.5891

If you liked your bike rental, you can take that bike home! Please see this page for more information.

Electric Bike Rental (E-Bikes): 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. Pedal bikes only, E-Bikes excluded).

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

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

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

 

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

Tour 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

2020 Columbia River Gorge Tour Dates

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

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

Tour Length: 6-Days Cycling/5-Nights Lodging (Our standard tour provides 6-Days of cycling with options for 4-Day and 5-Day tours. The option for the 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 Levels: Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4) – 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.

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

Holiday Discount: Take $150 off 6-Day 2020 Road tours plus a $50 bike rental discount, or $100 off 2020 MTB tours for reservations made thru December 15, 2019. (NOTE: Western US tours only; this discount is not stackable with other discounts)

Single Room Supplement: Add $500 ($100 per night x 5 nights) for a private room on each night of the tour.

Standard 6-Day Tour Includes: 5-nights of exceptional lodging, bike rental included on Oregon tours for rentals made 60 days in advance, 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.

5-Nights of Lodging: (subject to change)

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: In 2020 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 carbon road bikes for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 32mm tires, and disc brakes. Altogether, the Scott Addict provides a smooth and comfortable ride for our guests. Rental bikes include pump, tools, and spare tubes. NOTE: Bike rentals can be limited, so please reserve in advance.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals. If you need more info on our bike rentals, please email info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call 970.728.5891

If you liked your bike rental, you can take that bike home! Please see this page for more information.

Electric Bike Rental (E-Bikes): 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. Pedal bikes only, E-Bikes excluded).

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

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

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

 

Wallowa Mountains Bike Tour: Overview & Itinerary

The Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, sometimes referred to as the “Alps of Oregon”, offer very remote riding through dense alpine forests and steep canyons which spill out into large open valleys. This region was the ancestral home to the Wallowa band of the Lower Nez Perce who once held one of the largest Native American reservations here until the push of settlers heading west reduced the size of the reservation instigating the Nez Perce War in 1877. Times are more peaceful these days and the myriad friendly small and old western style towns, even a few ghost towns, dot the region between the vast openness of the wide valleys and high mountains.

Highlights of the Wallowa bike tour include the charming artist’s town of Joseph, the Snake River Canyon, Rattlesnake Hill and much more…

Cycle Oregon spent a night in Joseph many years ago and we had the opportunity to cycle a couple of days in the Wallowa. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve cycled and totally unknown to most people. Like Big Bend National Park, it’s not easy to get to but it should be a great trip. – Karl M.

Hell’s Canyon

Welcome to Joseph, Oregon

Snake River Canyon

Chief Joseph Monument

Tour 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

2020 Wallowa Mountains Tour Dates

  • September 27 to October 3, 2019 (Book Now!)

Basic Overview

Reptile Rewards

Starting & Ending Town: Boise, Idaho (Boise Airport – BOI)

Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/6-Nights Lodging (Our standard tour provides 7-Days of cycling with options for 5-Day and 6-Day tours. The option for the tour length is determined when a tour is originally opened by a guest.)

Total Miles: 300-420 Miles, 7-Day. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Levels: Upper Intermediate (3) , Advanced (3/4) , Expert (4)

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

Non-Riding Spouses & Partners on Tour: If a non-riding spouse or partner would like to join you on tour and they have their own transportation, they can stay in your room for the cost of the tour's single room supplement. Non-Riding spouses and partners can join a tour's meal plan of three meals a day for $85 per day.

Holiday Discount: Take $150 off 6-Day 2020 Road tours plus a $50 bike rental discount, or $100 off 2020 MTB tours for reservations made thru December 15, 2019. (NOTE: Western US tours only; this discount is not stackable with other discounts)

Single Room Supplement: Add $450- (total for all 6 nights) for a private room on each night of the tour.

Standard 7-Day Tour Includes: 6-nights of exceptional lodging, bike rental included on Oregon tours for rentals made 90 days in advance, guide service, all meals (aside from 1 dinner), entry fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

6-Nights Lodging: (subject to change)

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: In 2020 Lizard Head Cycling is renting a fleet of Scott Addict 10 carbon road bikes for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. The Scott Addict offer full carbon frames, Shimano Ultegra components, 34x32 low gearing, 32mm tires, and disc brakes. Altogether, the Scott Addict provides a smooth and comfortable ride for our guests. Rental bikes include pump, tools, and spare tubes. NOTE: Bike rentals can be limited, so please reserve in advance.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals. If you need more info on our bike rentals, please email info@lizardheadcyclingguides.com or call 970.728.5891

If you liked your bike rental, you can take that bike home! Please see this page for more information.

Electric Bike Rental (E-Bikes): 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. Pedal bikes only, E-Bikes excluded).

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

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

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 – Snake River (40-miles): Following a morning shuttle from Boise, Idaho into eastern Oregon, we begin the riding for the week from the small town of Cambridge, Oregon. After a gradual climb for the first 15 miles, we then plunge down towards the Snake River, the largest tributary of the Columbia River, and then end the day in the tiny town of Copperfield, Oregon.

    40 miles +2380 ft / -3325 ft

  • Day 2 – Hells Canyon Out & Back (47 miles): With a layover in Copperfield, Oregon, today’s ride is a leisurely out and back ride through Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, North America’s deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. The route takes riders into Idaho, across the Hells Canyon Dam, and then to the Hells Canyon Visitor Center on the Oregon side. The ride returns along the same route and ends in Copperfield, Oregon.

    47 miles +3320 ft / -3320 ft

  • Day 3 – Wallowa Mountain Loop (60-Miles or E.F.I 80-miles): Starting from Copperfield, Oregon, our ride today involves some long alpine climbs, but the views are magnificent! Riding along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway we make a stop at the Hells Canyon Overlook with it’s breathtaking views of Hells Canyon far below. We then traverse across the Wallowa Mountains to end the day in either Joseph, Oregon or Enterprise, Oregon.

    80 miles +7800 ft / -5820 ft

  • Day 4 – Rattlesnake Canyon (55-miles or E.F.I. 85-miles): After a short morning shuttle, today’s ride starts from the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint and heads north into Washington state along an amazing stretch of road with more than 130 turns. Lunch is at Fields Spring State Park nestled within the scenic Blue Mountains. The ride then returns to the Joseph Canyon Viewpoint along the same twisty route.

    55 miles +6260 ft / -6260 ft

  • Day 5 – Wallowa River to Grande Ronde Valley (50-miles or 70-miles E.F.I.): The first half of the ride this day follows a downhill route next to the Wallow River along Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. Then after a short, steep climb to Minam Summit, the route follows Cricket Flat to eventually empty out into the vast Grande Ronde Valley and ends at La Grande, Oregon.

    70 miles +2580 ft / -3565 ft

  • Day 6 – La Grande to Baker City (50-miles or 73-miles E.F.I.): Starting from La Grande, our route takes us across the Grande Ronde Valley to the western foothills of the Wallowa Mountains. Turning south we make our way to Baker City, Oregon, with a stop along the way at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

    60 miles +3520 ft / -2300 ft

  • Day 7 – Baker City to Unity Reservoir (44 miles): The final day of the tour starts from Baker City and heads southwest along the Dooley Mountain Highway (170 curves in 15 miles!) to Dooley Summit. From here it is a screaming 8-mile ride down the other side into the Burnt River Valley. The ride ends at Unity Reservoir where we have lunch and then shuttle back to Boise, Idaho to end the tour.

    44 miles +2650 ft / -2230 ft

More Information

For more information on the Wallowa Mountains 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

 


General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
 

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