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Heaven on two wheels. Smooth singletrack through Columbia Gorge old growth forest, steep climbs to amazing mountain views, and easy rambles past Pacific coastline vistas - northwest and central Oregon offers something for everyone. Local mountain biker and author Lizann Dunegan outlines more than forty-five of the best rides in and around Portland, Salem, southwest Washington, Hood River, Mount Hood, Eugene, Oakridge, and Bend.Visit the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, ride the surreal Plains of Abraham trail on the slopes of Mount St. Helens, or check out the imposing scenery of Smith Rock State Park, this guide will give you the inside track on everything from the best time to ride, to local events and attractions, to what bike to take for each route. Insider tidbits about each path's historic background make this more than just a trail guide.Also included: detailed ride descriptions; easy-to-read maps and elevation profiles; ratings for physical and technical difficulty; tips on riding and trip preparation.Wherever you ride and whatever your skill level, let Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest and Central Oregon be your guide to this mountain biking paradise.
Featuring nearly 50 of the greatest mountain bike rides in Northwest and Central Oregon, local mountain biker and author Lizann Dunegan leads cyclists to some of the most scenic and varied landscapes in the state. From the northwest corner of Oregon, where rocky coastline meets the pounding waves of the Pacific Ocean, to majestic Mount Hood in the Cascade Mountain Range, to the dry sagebrush desert near Bend--this part of Oregon mesmerizes everyone who passes through. Areas covered include: Portland/Salem, Columbia River Gorge/Hood River/Mount Hood, Eugene and Oakridge, Bend and Central Oregon, the Oregon Coast, and Southwest Washington.
Readers will find comprehensive trail descriptions, from beginner to advanced, GPS-quality route maps, accurate route profiles showing the ups and downs of each ride, detailed directions to each trailhead, mile-by-mile directional cues, difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail contacts, local information, and much more.
Portland resident Lizann Dunegan is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in writing outdoor guidebooks and travel articles on the Pacific Northwest. For more than ten years, she has been mountain biking in Oregon and is often accompanied by her partner Ken Skeen and two border collies. She has written many books for Falcon Publishing and Globe Pequot including, Hike Oregon, Mountain Bike America: Oregon, and The Insiders' Guide to the Oregon Coast.