We’re excited to host you for your e-bike ride in the Gorge! The following itinerary is our recommendation for a two-hour ride, but you’re welcome to choose any route you want.
If you have questions about this itinerary or other options, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your Bike the Gorge host for suggestions when you check in.
Before your ride
A little preparation can go a long way toward making your experience in the Gorge a success. Here’s what we recommend doing before your rental:
Read and sign our rental agreement. The confirmation email you received includes a link to our rental agreement and liability waiver. Please share that link with everyone in your group and ask them to read and sign it ahead of time so that there aren’t any delays getting you out on the roads.
Pack the essentials. We recommend bringing a water bottle and sunscreen, especially on hot summer days, and a snack in case you decide to extend your rental beyond two hours.
Dress for the conditions. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and breathable clothing — and bring a light jacket if there’s any chance of rain in the forecast.
Your ride route
Total distance: 10.4 miles round trip
Destination: Wyeth Campground and Emerald Falls
Itinerary: The ride itself takes most people about 60-75 minutes to complete, so you should have plenty of time to hike to Emerald Falls and (if you’re brave) put your feet in the water. Here are the step-by-step directions:
Start. As you leave our rental location, cross the railroad tracks on Herman Creek Lane and turn left onto Forest Avenue.
Ride 0.6 miles. When you reach the T-intersection, turn left onto Frontage Road.
Ride 0.9 miles. Follow the signs for the Historic Highway and turn right onto Wyeth Road / Herman Creek Road.
Ride 3.4 miles. This is a good time to turn up your pedal-assist to level 3 or higher, as the road climbs steeply for more than a mile before descending into Wyeth, where you’ll see the trailhead parking lot on your right. Lock your bike(s) to the bike rack in front of the restrooms at Wyeth Trailhead.
- Your Bike the Gorge host will text the bike lock code to the phone number used to make your reservation.
Walk 0.1 miles. After locking up your bike, continue east along the Historic Highway State Trail and then turn right into Wyeth Campground.
Walk 0.2 miles through the Wyeth Campground until you reach a small car parking lot. The trailhead for Emerald Falls is on the far side of that lot.
Hike 0.5 miles along the trail to Emerald Falls, keeping left at the trail junction to avoid crossing the creek.
Pro tip: Depending on the water levels (and your scrambling ability), it may be possible to hike another 1/4 mile beyond Emerald Falls to reach Gorton Creek Falls, one of the Gorge’s hidden gems.
- Note: The section of trail between Emerald Falls and Gorton Creek Falls is challenging even at the best of times, and it may be inaccessible due to downed trees, rockslides, etc. Please use extreme caution if you attempt it.
Need assistance? If you get a flat tire or experience any other issues with your bike, you can call your Bike the Gorge host at 503-489-9348 and they’ll assist you.
After your ride
Your Bike the Gorge host will usually be there to meet you at the end of your ride, but occasionally they get called away. If that’s the case, please lock your bike to door of our shipping container and text a photo of the secured bikes to 503-489-9348.
Got more time in Cascade Locks? Here are just a few of the eateries, destinations and activities we recommend:
- Gorges Beer for the rooftop patio and our favorite tacos in town.
- Thunder Island Brewing for outdoor seating, great burgers, and a family-friendly environment.
- Eastwind Drive-In for the massive ice cream cones and sandwiches to go.
- Brigham Fish Market for the fish & chips and Coke in a glass bottle.
- Cascade Locks Ale House for pizza and pub grub.
- Marine Park and Thunder Island for views of the river and Bridge of the Gods.
- Dry Creek Falls, Punchbowl Falls and Wahclella Falls for popular waterfall hikes that take between 45 minutes and 2.5 hours.
- Government Cove and Blackberry Beach for cooling off in the river and laying out in the sun.