May 26, 2018
Bike Friendly Business in the Upper Hood River Valley
By: Mary Pellegrini
As a Bike Friendly Business we welcome cyclists of all terrains to the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast. And Parkdale is a quite the bike friendly hamlet with a great BBQ, a craft brewery, grocery store and yes, even a Bike Shop, Cloud Cap Cycles
In September 2017 the Eagle Creek fire consumed much of the forest between Larch Mountain and Hood River, making quite a few trails closed to both Hiking and Biking.
Hood River County caters to road cyclists and mountain bikers alike. You can ride scenic roadways and single track all in one weekend. Road cyclists often head east along the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail, and continue along the Historic Columbia River highway to the scenic overlook at Rowena Crest.
Our cycling guests can ride off from the Old Parkdale Inn toward the Mt Hood National Forest where forest roads and mountain bike trails await. Then there's always the option of riding the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a scenic ride along the backroads through orchards, forests and small communities.
Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail – America’s first scenic highway, this bicycle route includes some car-free sections. It’s praised for its breathtaking waterfalls, architectural genius and magnificent views of the Columbia River Gorge. Might be a few years before the whole trail is done but when it is it will be an innovative 74 mile road-to-trail conversion constructed on portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The section east of Hood River, the Mark O. Hatfield Twin Tunnels, is a 4.5 mile auto-free, paved road. After the Tunnels you can share the road and ride all the way to The Dalles.
Let the Old Parkdale Inn be your home base when exploring the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge or the Mt Hood National Forest. Whether your idea of a good vacation is fresh tracks on Mt Hood or relaxing in our gardens with a good book and your favorite beverage, there's something near by for everyone.