The Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Mt Adams Backcountry is a major contender for best places to ride. After 5 years of exploration, we’re finally at a point where we can show you around. This band of the Cascade Range that surrounds Mt. Adams provides some of the deepest and most unique single track opportunities in the PNW. Big Rides and Huge views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens to be expected. Enjoy this adventure as you’ll be sampling one of the most remote regions in the Cascade Mountain range…where few go.
Distance (per day)
Estimated Mileage: 20 + Miles
3 Day Trip Includes:
- Professionally guided tour of remote single track
- Shuttles and Transportation
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner prepared by a private chef
- What we think is a pretty good time riding your bike in the woods
- Tent and Sleeping Pad
- CLIF Bar Trail Snacks
- Beer/Wine, Lacroix and other tasty beverages
- Hot Shower Daily
MSR Tent with Sleeping Pad
We supply you with a two person MSR tent and Thermarest camping pad. Campground fees included. Van/RV Glamping welcomed. You’ll still need to bring a sleeping bag rated for below freezing and your pillow.
Canvas Tent with Full Size Bed
For those who want hotel amenities in the backcountry. Your tent comes fully furnished with a full size bed with a memory foam mattress, a nightstand, personal lighting and your own little room to get away. We require a minimum of 6 to make this work and the upgrade is $1000 per person.
Food and Drinks
We partner with a number of Oregon’s Top Chefs to provide you with an incredible culinary experience throughout your trip. Carnivorous , Vegetarian and Vegan menus are available. Each morning you’ll wake up to a hot or cold breakfast of your choice. Lunch and Snacks are prepared for you to take on your ride each day. After a good day of riding the bike, we’ll sit down by the table to eat a well prepared meal with each other. The menu also includes beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages to quench your thirst. We want to get this right, so please let us know what you’d like to see so we can make it happen.
Need a ride from Portland?
Shuttle Departs: 7:00AM Friday Morning
Meet at 5830 N Commercial Ave at 6:45 AM. You’ll be leaving your car in a safe, NE Portland neighborhood. To be safe, we recommend you leave your car empty of valuables while you’re on your trip.
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Saturday, August 18th – This day includes a proper exploration of the Timpanogas Lake area trails. We start by climbing up to Indigo Lake. This trail winds through open stands of mountain hemlock, Pacific silver fir and high mountain meadows before reaching Indigo Lake. This lake is named after its deep blue color and lies nestled below Sawtooth Mountain. From here we’ll work our way up and around Sawtooth twice, taking all of it in. This ride offers close views of Diamond Peak and a unique view of the Willamette National Forest only few see. Because of the limited season in this area, you’ll be sampling some of the finest dirt on some of the Willamette’s finest trail systems.
Sunday, August 19th – This day will be a combination of Timpanogas Lake area Trails plus two of our favorite descents in the Willamette National Forest. We start our day by climbing to the top of Sawtooth Mountain. From here we have a ripping descent that flows along the perfect gradient combined with a loose but predictable pumice dirt mix and then down into middle of two steep and jagged ridges. We find our way up the following ridge to the start of our next big chunk of descending. From this ridge line, you descend from a high elevation alpine setting through old growth forest and spicy singletrack all the way down by Lake Indigo, Lake Timpanogas and the Middle Fork River before finishing in what can only be descrived as a Rhododendron Rain Forest. We have a small liason on our way to the Trans-Cascadia van for our next shuttle, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. This section of forest is full of unique flora and fauna and is the perfect setting to soak it in. Once we reach our shuttle, we’ll load up and drive to the top of our final descent, a mind blowing 3K of elevation loss to end your day and the weekend. Post ride we have the chance to dunk in the river and plenty of time to get you back to town to catch some of Jeff Lee’s Chinse cuisine before you hit the road. “LOVE LIFE!“ Jeff Lee