Now that spring is finally here, those outdoor activities that we love so much are finally possible! Many of Celilo Inn’s guests are avid cyclists, and with good reason! The Dalles is home to a number of cycling trails for all levels of experience. With good weather on the way it’s time to get back out there and explore, and we suggest doing it by bike!
For cyclists looking to take in the town and the beauty of the Columbia River, we suggest taking the River Front Trail to the Discovery Center. This route allows for the leisurely cyclist to discover The Dalles at their own pace; the route is a little over 10 miles long.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge however, we would suggest the Cherry Heights Loop. This trail is 17.4 miles long and has an 1800’ elevation gain. For those cyclists up for the challenge this trail is a must. With stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, this trail not only captures the natural beauty of the surrounding area, but also provides an excellent work out.
Another great trail that experience wise is similar to the Cherry Heights Loop is the Deschutes River Trail. This trail provides cyclists with a different view of the area. Not only is the scenery beautiful, many cyclists have the opportunity to see spectacular wild life roaming around. The Deschutes River Trail is definitely a very fun trail!
For those cyclists looking for an even bigger challenge we suggest the Mosier Loop. The Mosier Loop is 33.6 miles long with a 2980’ elevation gain. The topography of the terrain begins to slowly change the farther east one goes, and this becomes evident on this trail. If you’re looking for a fun and beautiful trail that provides a bit of a challenge, you will definitely want to try out the Mosier Loop.
However, if you’re looking for an even more challenging trail, you need not worry. The Dalles-Hood River trail is one of the most challenging trails in the area. It is 46.5 miles long and has a 3760’ elevation gain. This rout, as the name suggests, runs from The Dalles to the neighboring city of Hood River. Cyclists that take this route will be challenged while being provided the best views of the area. If you’re up for the challenge, we highly recommend this trail!
For a map of the trails in the area you can visit www.thedalleschamber.com/cycling_map.pdf
For more information on cycling routes in The Dalles and surrounding areas be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.
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