OPB Television Segment, February 2009
"Oregon Public Broadcasting TV Program, Oregon Field Guide, highlights the Mt. Hood Loop."

Cyclocross Magazine, January 2011
"This feature article highlights three riders taking on the Mt Hood Loop. Whether you are a cyclocross rider looking to build stamina for race season, a technical rider looking for singletrack, or a general bike rider looking for a backcountry adventure you'll find the the article an entertaining read."

Portland Monthly Magazine, December 2009
"These three recently opened metal-frame cabins set along Forest Service roads in the White River Valley and along Barlow Ridge now accommodate local winter backcountry outings. Hardcore skiers and snowshoers can trek in for a quick overnight stay at one of the cabins or link them up for extended outings."

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of physical shape should I be in?
  2. What are the huts like?
  3. What should I bring?
  4. How do I get there?
  5. How do I sign up?


1. What kind of physical shape should I be in?

The adventures we have mapped out should not be taken lightly. However, with preparation most physically active people will have a challenging but enjoyable trip. Every mountain biker should spend several hours "in the saddle" in the months leading up to a trip on the Mt Hood Loop or Grand Tour - preferably with some hilly training routes. The Surveyors Package can be handled with much less preparation.
In the winter, skiers and snowshoers should be in good physical condition and prepared to deal with the demands Mother Nature can impose.


2. What are the huts like?

Each hut has a kitchen counter area with a propane stove and lamps. A propane heater is supplied in the winter. Each hut is supplied with pots, pans, and various kitchen utensils needed for the preparation of meals. Sleeping bags and pads make for a comfortable night in the wilderness (you bring a sleeping bag liner). There is an outhouse at each hut location.

In the summer, huts are stocked with ample food and water. In the winter, adventurers pack in their own food and water so it's not frozen solid.

In the summer, if you have a small group, you may share the hut with another party. During the winter when you reserve a hut it is yours for the night.

 


3. What should I bring?

You supply your means of travel - a bike in the summer or skis/snowshoes in the winter. If you need equipment, we can provide names of area bike and winter rental shops. Additionally, you will need to carry appropriate clothing and personal items, along with other necessary items to ensure your journey is a safe one, i.e., GPS, spare bike parts, maps, first aid items, sunscreen, water while en route, etc.

Whether you are traveling in the summer or winter, we highly recommend that you bring a GPS. We provide GPS files with “tracks” and “waypoints” to help you navigate your way. You will be in the forest with many unmarked roads and paths. Bringing along a GPS, detailed maps (we have recommendations for you), and a compass are important for a safe journey.

A detailed checklist to help ensure your trip is safe and enjoyable will be sent to you upon booking your reservation.

 


4. How do I get there?

Access to the various start points for summer or winter activities is anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half from Portland and its international airport. There is a multitude of hotel and dining options in Portland, Hood River, or Government Camp. If you need a bike or other equipment for purchase or rental there are options in each of these locations.

In the winter, you can begin and end your journey at any of three SnoParks located along highways 26 and 35 on the southeast side of Mt. Hood. All three SnoPark locations are about a 60 mile drive from Portland International Airport. The drive will take you through the mountain towns of Zigzag and Government Camp, and a short turn off from the famous Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.

Parking at the SnoParks in the winter and some of the trailhead locations in the summer requires a pass that typically costs $5/day. More details are provided in the guides we provide.


5. How do I sign up?

Cascade Huts is accepting reservations.
The target opening date for each year for the Mt. Hood Loop mountain biking trip is June, but this is all dependent on how quickly the snow melts. Mountain biking trips go into early October. For the winter, huts can be reserved from November through April.
Access our online reservation form and we will contact you to confirm your reservation, or you can call us directly at 503.564.8116.