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Old 06-20-19, 08:34 PM
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Government Camp Or, Trillium Lake?

I will be in Government Camp in a few weeks, I will be staying at the Best Western so won't be camping. Has anyone made the ride down to Trillium Lake? Looks kind of pretty. Is it worth a ride? How are the roads?
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Problem Solving is part of Bicycle touring, You can sort this out without any internet step by coaching.. (?)
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Problem Solving is part of Bicycle touring, You can sort this out without any internet step by coaching.. (?)
Do you ever post anything useful? Please don't respond to my threads again unless you have a direct answer to my questions.
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Kids What do you want to see most?

I figured all this stuff out before the internet , why has it become such a handicap. ?

Get on the trip, talk to the locals along the way ..
it worked in places where I did not even speak the language .









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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Kids

I figured all this stuff out before the internet , why has it become such a handicap. ?

Get on the trip, talk to the locals along the way ..
it worked in places where I did not even speak the language .

now go back to work..







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I have had enough of your utter nonsense. Welcome to my very short ignore list. You should feel honored. You need to work really hard to get there.

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buy paper maps .. states departments of transportation gives them away.
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I will be in Government Camp in a few weeks, I will be staying at the Best Western so won't be camping. Has anyone made the ride down to Trillium Lake? Looks kind of pretty. Is it worth a ride? How are the roads?
I haven't been to Trilium Lake, and it doesn't look like much of a lake to me, but it's only ~1 mile downhill from GC.

I suggest instead heading up Mt Hood to the Lodge and go skiing. It's not a huge ski area (really just one trail on glacier) but it'll likely be open when you visit, and your only chance to ski in July. I enjoyed it when I was there 20 years ago. The Lodge exterior was part of the basis for the fictional Overlook Lodge in The Shining (the Kubrick version).
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I haven't been to Trilium Lake, and it doesn't look like much of a lake to me, but it's only ~1 mile downhill from GC.

I suggest instead heading up Mt Hood to the Lodge and go skiing. It's not a huge ski area (really just one trail on glacier) but it'll likely be open when you visit, and your only chance to ski in July. I enjoyed it when I was there 20 years ago. The Lodge exterior was part of the basis for the fictional Overlook Lodge in The Shining (the Kubrick version).
Thanks. It is already on my plan. I was considering taking the hotel shuttle instead of riding. Maybe go for a gondola ride if they are running. They also have one of those summer toboggan runs up there somewhere.

I would only do the ride to the lake if I had the extra time.

Yes I am aware of the scene from the movie. It is one of my favorites.
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I have not ridden down to Trillium, but I have skied it several times. It is a nice area, even in the summer IMO you made a good decision not to ride up to Timberline. It is a 5 or 6 mile climb , and time would be better spent checking out the lodge and taking a lift up the mountain. I've skied and climbed there a lot and it is a great place.

View from near the parking lot . This was the picture used on my business cards.



A little different view. It is a little more than a short walk up from the lodge. The little black dots in the middle of the picture are other climbers. They are about at the point when the real climbing begins.



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I have not ridden down to Trillium, but I have skied it several times. It is a nice area, even in the summer IMO you made a good decision not to ride up to Timberline. It is a 5 or 6 mile climb , and time would be better spent checking out the lodge and taking a lift up the mountain. I've skied and climbed there a lot and it is a great place.
Yeah you may have given me the tip on the road to Timberline in another thread. Whoever it was also mentioned it was fairly narrow.


From the photos, I have seen, they make it look like it is just a short walk up to the summit from the lodge. I am sure it was just the angle and it is way more difficult than that.


Did you get a chance to see what the roads are like on the way to Trillium?
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I can't remember going down to the lake when the road was not covered by snow.
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I will be in Government Camp in a few weeks, I will be staying at the Best Western so won't be camping. Has anyone made the ride down to Trillium Lake? Looks kind of pretty. Is it worth a ride? How are the roads?

The Trillium lake loop is a gravel route that is a nice ride; not difficult. Bring a GPS since a there are a few confusing intersections.

There is a lot of great riding around Government camp. OMTM put up a page on some riding there: http://www.omtm.cc/thee-holy-mountain-v2

Ride part or all of it for a great adventure. A road bike with plump tires would work. I especially like the trail section on the south end of the loops (miles 18, 19).
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I will be in Government Camp in a few weeks, I will be staying at the Best Western so won't be camping. Has anyone made the ride down to Trillium Lake? Looks kind of pretty. Is it worth a ride? How are the roads?
Hwy 26 has a good shoulder. I don't think Trillium lake is all that special, but you could ride towards Hood River or Timothy Lake on paved roads.
It'd be nice to ride from Government Camp to Parkdale or Hood River, especially if you had a shuttle to drive you back.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Gove...=en&authuser=0

You may want to bring your mountain bike instead. I believe you can find some trails open to mountain biking near Government Camp. There's a real nice trail system near Mt Hood Meadows - Look up Dog River Trail Oregon. Mount Hood Skibowl has a bike park you may want to check out also.

There's plenty of hiking to be had if you want to leave the bike at home also. Check out Cooper Spur for an interesting hike.

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I will actually be on 36 from Hood River. Then 26 down into the Boring area the next day.

I don't think there is a shuttle from Parkdale to Government Camp is there?

I do plan on taking the shuttle from Hood River to Parkdale. It has been a long time since I have done such an extended climb. I could probably make it but not 100% certain. I figure I have nothing to prove. That section does not seem to look all that interesting anyway. And I understand there are bee hives in that section for the orchard though I don't know if they are active this time of year. But it is still a good excuse to skip the section.

It would be nice to have a backup plan for the Parkdale to Government Camp section. I guess the only option there is the kindness of strangers.

The whole plan is to ride the Columbia River Gorge from Portland. Stay over in Hood River for 2 nights. One day will be spent exploring the section from Hood River to THe Dalles. How much of that will depend on how much wind I will face on the way back. It will be July 4 so no shuttle back from The Dalles.

Then it is off to Government Camp for a night at the Best Western.

Then on to Portland for a night.

Next day jump on the train to Lacy, WA to visit a buddy for a night. Then on to Vashon Island. I have a warmshowers host there. Finally Seattle and the train trip home.

I was going to ride to Seattle but the math just did not work out. The day I got for the train trip back home was an awesome deal so the tour is sort of built around it. Kind of crazy to ship the bike out there and fly out there for such a short tour but I think it will still be fun. And I will have a nice train trip back home and a ride back to my house from the train station.
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I hear there's a nice ride from Hood River to The Dalles via 7 Mile Hill Road. I think this picture posted on BF by a fellow member is from the route:

I remember the climb from Hood River to Hwy 26 taking a very long time from the year I rode the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Bicycle Route. I agree you probably don't want to climb all that way if you don't have to. If you really wanted to climb, ride to Cloud Cap .


I believe there are many good routes from Hood River to Parkdale. I don't believe there's much elevation gain between the two towns. There are many apple orchards in the area and they do use bees to pollinate the trees. If you're not allergic, it shouldn't worry you.

Have a fun trip!
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The Dalles ride is on the list. Why I am staying over in Hood River. How far I go will depend on the wind. I will turn around and test periodically. If I am going backward a foot for every two I pedal then I might turn around early.

And there really is no reason to go to the Dalles. That photo you posted is a bit west.
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Well I did not visit Trillium. I don't think I had one more pedal rotation in me after the climb up Hood. The climb itself was not so bad. It was the wind! It was brutal! In my face the whole time. I would bet a good 10mph, I took the shuttle to Parkdale. I was glad I did as I doubt I would have made it otherwise.

Though the ride was absolutely beautiful. I could not get over the enormity of the mountain once I was nice and up close. This was my first major pass climb. I have never been that up close to a mountain of that size, even in a car.

The gorge itself was also awesome. Difficult but well worth the ride. I am so glad I did it by bicycle. No way would I want to do it by car. The traffic around Multnomah Falls was unbelievable. The only issue was the stairs just before Cascade Locks. An unpleasant surprise after a difficult day.

I also did the section of trail that goes from Hood River to Mosier. I did not go all the way to the Dalles and missed that one scenic overlook that looks so cool. I leaned my bike up against the wall not too far from Mosier. I thought it best to not go too far when tt started to take off on me due to the wind. I was hoping to go all the way to the Dalles and just take the shuttle back if it was windy but it was the July 4th and the shuttle was not running. There were a couple of other places shut down too. I think that will be the last time I will be in the middle of a tour on Independence Day.

Good thing I turned around when I did as I got a flat on the way back. And I got to save up some energy for that climb the next day.

They are supposed to have the trail open all the way to Hood River by 2022. That is going to be awesome.
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Well I did not visit Trillium. I don't think I had one more pedal rotation in me after the climb up Hood. The climb itself was not so bad. It was the wind! It was brutal! In my face the whole time. I would bet a good 10mph, I took the shuttle to Parkdale. I was glad I did as I doubt I would have made it otherwise.

Though the ride was absolutely beautiful. I could not get over the enormity of the mountain once I was nice and up close. This was my first major pass climb. I have never been that up close to a mountain of that size, even in a car.

The gorge itself was also awesome. Difficult but well worth the ride. I am so glad I did it by bicycle. No way would I want to do it by car. The traffic around Multnomah Falls was unbelievable. The only issue was the stairs just before Cascade Locks. An unpleasant surprise after a difficult day.

I also did the section of trail that goes from Hood River to Mosier. I did not go all the way to the Dalles and missed that one scenic overlook that looks so cool. I leaned my bike up against the wall not too far from Mosier. I thought it best to not go too far when tt started to take off on me due to the wind. I was hoping to go all the way to the Dalles and just take the shuttle back if it was windy but it was the July 4th and the shuttle was not running. There were a couple of other places shut down too. I think that will be the last time I will be in the middle of a tour on Independence Day.

Good thing I turned around when I did as I got a flat on the way back. And I got to save up some energy for that climb the next day.

They are supposed to have the trail open all the way to Hood River by 2022. That is going to be awesome.
Thanks for the update!
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