Note: The original route is closed due to a forest fire.
New route information is in the
Pre-ride Report PDF
Also note the new XLS cue sheet (sorry, no html).
Ride: Fried out: Sherars Falls 300K, Now the Columbia Hills 300
Pre-ride Report (PDF): Full information including map, elevation profile, food and lodging tips
Organizer: John Kramer 509-493-2474 and Susan France 503-628-7324
Date: Autust 19, 2006
Start Time: 6:00 am
Note: Oregon Randonneurs membership is required for this event. You can download a membership form and bring it with you.
Start Location: Boat Basin, The Dalles, OR
Directions: From Portland Oregon, Follow I-84 east to The Dalles. Take exit 85 and turn left to The Dalles Marina. Follow the sign to the Boat Basin and park in the west side of the parking lot next to the billboard and the waterfront trail.
Twilight Start/End: 5:39/20:39
Lunar Stage: Waning Cresent (15% visible)
Elevation Gain: 11,000 feet (estimated)
Due to a forest fire the State of Oregon has closed OR 35 indefinitely. We are rerouting the 300k and will get the new route posted by Monday. The new route will start and end at the Dalles Marina boat basin as originally planned but the route will cross the Columbia River and go to Goldendale and follow the edge of civilization over the raging Klickitat River to Trout Lake. From Trout Lake the route returns to the Columbia Gorge and follows the river back to the Dalles. The last 100k is an out and back along the scenic Columbia River Highway 30 and Twin Tunnels State Park to to Hood River. For people who like hills and scenery, you won't be disappointed. This is the Columbia Hills 300k.
Remainder of page refers to original route.
All links and information for new route above.
This ride starts The Dalles and follows I-84 east for ten miles to to Cellilo. The route continues east on OR 206 along the Columbia River turning south on Fulton Canyon road. Fulton Canyon road goes southeast to US 97 and then turns south climbing gently to Grass Valley. At Grass Valley the ride rolls west to meet the Deschutes river near Sherars bridge. The ride follows the river road along the Deschutes river south to Maupin. At Maupin the route climbs US 197 north to OR 216 going west to Mt. Hood. The route joins US 26 west until meeting OR 35 and turning north towards Hood River. The ride crests Bennet and Barlow passes and leaves OR 35 to follow Cooper Spur road to the Mt. Hood Community Store. The ride rejoins OR 35 going North to the Hood River Scenic Highway loops and the Mark 0. Hatfield trail. The final leg of the ride follows the scenic highway east from Mosier to The Dalles and the end of the ride.