Get a taste of mountain biking on the easyCLIMB trail

The Columbia River Gorge is full of top-notch mountain biking terrain — and not just for experienced riders.

The easyCLIMB trail in Cascade Locks offers more than two miles of “smooth, flowy singletrack with short descents and very little climbing,” along with incredible views of the Gorge and access to the popular swimming hole at Government Cove.

This trail is perfect for first-time mountain bikers and other beginners who want the fun and thrill of trail riding without too much of the hard work.

Why we love it

Build your skills on a course for beginners. You don’t need expensive gear or years of experience to get started on the easyCLIMB trail — and if you decide mountain biking isn’t your thing, you can simply ride to the beach at Government Cove and enjoy some R&R instead.

Go as hard (or as easy) as you want. The trail has enough sharp turns and descents to keep things exciting, especially for thrill-seekers willing to go hard on the pedaling. But beginners can take it as slow as they like, and there are plenty of scenic spots along the trail to pull aside and take a breather.

What you can see and do

easyCLIMB trail. The trail is a destination of its own, with elevated views of the Gorge and frequent bald eagle sightings during the winter months. The best viewpoints are on the northeast side of the trail system, less than 100 yards from the main parking area.

Government Cove. This Columbia River inlet is a popular place to kayak, paddleboard, and soak up the sun during the summer months, and you’ll go right past the access point as you ride along the southeast side of the trail system. (Check out Otter & Osprey if you’re interested in water sports rentals at Government Cove.)

What type of rental you’ll need

E-bikes are not permitted on the easyCLIMB trail, but we plan to begin offering recreation bike rentals in summer 2023 — and you can sign up here for updates.

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