|we did a 3.5-day bike tour of about 6000'+ elevation gain (total) and 155 miles. We had a friend pick us up back in Stevenson at Walking Man Brewery. You do not want to be biking west on highway 14 in the summer-headwinds galore. If you could add an extra day, you could camp at Paradise Creek on night 4 and bike all the way back to Portland/Gresham MAX the next day.
Day 1: bike over Crown Point to camp at Ainsworth State Park. Exciting things: Sandy River (swimming when it's hot enough), views at Historic Women's Forum and Crown Point, amazing waterfalls along the Historic Highway (Latourell, Shepperd's Dell, Multnomah, Horsetail falls)
Day 2: Bike through Gorge, turn north on 141 to Trout Lake. We intended to go further, to the forest service campground 5 miles away, but we were too wiped from the long day & climb, and enjoyed eating dinner in town and buying coffee and groceries before we left in the morning. Exciting sights: People selling smoked salmon at Cascade Locks, Stevenson (restaurants, ice cream, brewery, grocery), views of the gorge as you head east, 5 tunnels, the forest-meets-desert landscape when you turn north, the beautiful White Salmon river (stop at the park at BZ corner and walk down to it), the scenic rolling farmlands around Trout Lake, Trout Lake (very small grocery, community hall, coffee shop, breakfast-lunch-dinner-pie restaurant).
Day 3: Trout Lake to Lower Falls Campground. Exciting sights: Beautiful views of Mt. Adams, tons of creeks and rivers when you get into the National Forest, waterfalls including Langfield Falls, really nice waterfalls at the campground as well as wading/swimming.
Day 4: Lower Falls Campground back to Stevenson. Exciting sights: riding through beauitful woods along the Lewis River valley, magnificent views of Mt. St. Helens, steep descent into Paradise Creek campground, rollers then downhill back to the Gorge. |