Our biggest fund raising event of the year to Restore & Reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail to create America's Best Scenic Bikeway !
The 10th annual Gorge Ride sponsored by the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016, beginning at the Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles, Oregon. It extends 19.25 miles along the historic highway and State Trail west to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead, just east of Hood River.
This route is a combination of historic highway that is open to motor vehicles, with very low traffic, and the HCRH State Trail that is open only to hikers and bicyclists. It's an out and back route of 38.5 miles. This ride is supported with water stops, snacks, mechanical support and SAG wagons. Maps with cue sheet and elevation chart are provided.
- Experience the panoramic view at Rowena Crest.
- Visit the grounds of the historic Mayerdale Estate.
- Travel through the restored Mosier Twin Tunnels.
The terrain really isn’t as tough as it looks on this elevation profile -- the HCRH was built with no grades exceeding 5%. (Folks of all ages & physical condition have ridden it.) When you encounter a hill, just ‘gear down’, take it one pedal stroke at a time, and remember that it’s taking you to a view even nicer than the ones on the way up! The variety of scenery is amazing!
Online registration will close at 11:59 PM, Monday, June 13th with a non-refundable, online, advance registration fee per rider: Ages 12 & up = $35. Ages 6-11 = $15. Under 6 are free. Add $10/rider for day-of-event registration. Online registration is the only advance registration method.
A sack lunch from the Basalt Rock Café, within the Gorge Discovery Center, will be available for purchase during on-line registration for $14. Lunches may be picked up: 11 AM until 4 PM.
Very nice, Centennial Commerative, Hi-tech fabric 100% polyester T-shirts (men's & women's styles) featuring Gorge Ride graphics are available for purchase during on-line registration for $25 as a special order item. (The women's version of this shirt has a gently contoured silhouette and a slight scoop neck.)
ALL T-SHIRT SALES END at 11:59 PM, JUNE 8th
Pick up your shirt order on the day of the ride when you pick up your packet.
Packet pickup will be at the Gorge Discovery Center on June 18th from 7 AM to 10 AM.
Course opens at 7 AM and closes at 4 PM. Participants will be required to sign our waiver and release form at packet pickup. Riders under 18 years-of-age must be accompanied on the ride by a registered adult and their waiver and release form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Participants must wear a CPSC/ATSM/ ANSI/Snell approved helmet. (If your helmet is more than 5 years old, you really should replace it.)
For more information about the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, go to: www.hcrh.org
For a great video about the Historic Columbia River Highway and the project to restore the abandoned trail sections to provide a 73 mile continuous route from The Dalles to Troutdale without having to be on Interstate I-84, go to: Grant's Getaways
For detailed information about the restoration project, go to: The Historic Columbia River Highway
Watch the Oregon Department Transportation video of the Historic Columbia River Highway
For a video of this event, go to: Gorge Ride - 2011 Video
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Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway
Our Vision is to educate the public about the historic highway, advocate for the restoration and preservation of the existing drivable portions to their splendid 1920s appearance, and link drivable portions with pedestrian and bicycle accessible connections to create a continuous route through the Columbia River Gorge.
Our Mission: Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway support the restoration and reconnection of the historic highway through the Columbia River Gorge.
How will we do that? By raising funds and building partnerships with both private groups and government agencies to reclaim the road that has been called a “Poem in Stone.” Our task is to raise money to support continuing public efforts for the work of restoration and reconnection.
Ours is a private voice to advocate for the road.
We invite you to share in this landmark endeavor by making a gift today to the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway. Just go to www.hcrh.org to find out more about us, and click on "We need your help!".