There’s not much point to this ride until they finish connecting Hood River to Portland with a bike trail, but… it ends with a delicious milkshake, so what the heck!
Distance: 27 miles
Climbing: 1100 feet
Freeway riding: 3 miles or so each way (yuck)
Drive to Cascade Locks and park someplace close to the East Wind Drive-In. Get on your bike and ride west along the bike path out of town. A serious of bike paths combines with a couple miles on the freeway before Warrendale (get off I-84 there and get on the Old Highway 30) for a mostly-nice ride to Multnomah Falls.
For a longer ride with more climbing, continue 8.5 miles past Multnomah Falls to Crown Point for stunning views of the Gorge and 43 miles round trip.
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This ride’s an out-and-back, so turn around wherever and head back to Cascade Locks. Stop at the East Wind (you’ll see the line and smell the burgers) for an oversized soft-serve cone or over-malted malted milkshake. Super yummy.