Hood River

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Transportation to, from and around Hood River


    Biking from Portland to Hood river

    • WARNING - Due to the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017, the Historic Columbia River Highway is closed for a major section of this bike route, Bridal Veil to Cascade Locks and , and the only alternative is biking on the Interstate. If riding next to 75 mph semi trucks is your idea of fun, proceed with extreme caution. From Cascade Locks to Hood River, you get a mixture of shoulder riding on side roads, dedicated bike trail, but again, most of the route is on Interstate-84. Map of Historic Columbia River Highway closures.
    • Alternatively, the Columbia Gorge Express, can accommodate 3 bikes on board, and CAT can accommodate 2 (both listed below). Bike route to Portland's Gateway Transit Center.

    biking from hood river to mosier and the dalles

    • The bike route between these 3 cities is some of the best in America. The route is predominantly car-free, paved Historic Columbia River Highway Trail between Hood River and Mosier. Otherwise, you'll be riding on the shoulder on calm, rural Historic Columbia River Highway. Expect jaw dropping scenery.

    biking around hood river

    • Hood River is very, very hilly. We recommend a super light bike with 8 or more gears or an electric bike (see rentals below). In general, people driving are used to sharing the road with people biking and are courteous.
    • WARNING - bikes are not allowed on the Hood River Bridge to Washington.

    Bike routes


    transit, bus & Shuttles

     Free trolley between Hood River's waterfront, downtown and The Heights.

    Free trolley between Hood River's waterfront, downtown and The Heights.

    • Columbia Area Transit (CAT) - Providing a fixed schedule, Tuesday-Thursday, service between Hood River and Portland; and, Monday-Friday service between Hood River, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Parkdale and Odell. Use Google Maps transit directions for real-time information.
    • Columbia Gorge Express - Beginning May 25, 2018, Columbia Gorge Expresses daily service will take you from Portland's Gateway Transit Center to Rooster Rock State Park, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks and finally Hood River.
    • Greyhound Bus - service from Portland to Hood River and The Dalles. Bus does not allow bikes.
    • MountNBarrel Bike Tours - with the reservation of a bike tour, this tour company will pick you up in Cascade Locks and bring you to Hood River.
    • MountNLoop - a Friday and Saturday shuttle service between participating Hood River hotels and wineries.
    • Weekend Trolley by Gray Line (schedule)- free trolley with a fixed route between Hood River's waterfront, downtown and The Heights. See fixed route in map image to the right. Saturdays 9a-6:45p, Sundays 10a-6:45p


    • Amtrak - Empire Builder service from Portland's Union Station to Bingen, WA. From, Bingen, you can call Hood River taxi or walk to the Hood River bridge and hitch a ride (socially acceptable). Although bikes are allowed on board, there is no bike service to Bingen. However, folding bikes are accommodated to this station.
    • Mount Hood Railroad - more of a tour than transportation, this train will take you from the historic train depot in downtown Hood River to Parkdale, at the base of Mount Hood.

    TAXi & car rentals

    • Hood River Pedicab - human and electric powered transportation between the waterfront, downtown and The Heights
    • Lyft - one way only from Portland to Hood River
    • Uber - one way only from Portland Hood River
    • Hood River Taxi - on-call taxi for in trips or pre-scheduled rides to and from Portland Airport
    • Enterprise Rentals - very nice car rental office offering local or one-way rentals





    Tour Operators

    Mountnbarrel bike tours

    "As Hood River’s premier wine country bike tour, we work hard alongside our partners to offer an exclusive way for our guests to experience the best of what The Gorge has to offer – like a local! We make your safe planning and satisfaction our priority, so all you have to do is show up."


    Mount Hood railroad

    Scenic train ride with seasonal themes from historic Hood River depot to Parkdale.

    sol rides ebike tours

    "  As we begin pedaling East away from Hood River, the propulsion of an eBike instantly creates a satisfying exhilaration, from that point on we are to discover the majestic bounty of the Columbia River Gorge..."


    Tasting the Gorge by ebike

    An Airbnb Experience lead by Bikabout.com's founder and ColumbiaGorgeCarfree.com's web designer. This 15 mile electric bike tour includes a bike rental, 1 cider tasting, 1 wine tasting and 1 snack.

    Vintage tour bus company

    "The beautiful Hood River Valley is world famous for its apple, pear, and cherry orchards. For the last 30 years, pioneering winemakers also realized that the soils and weather were ideal for growing wine grapes.

    Bike Rentals

    Oregon ebikes

    Electric bike rentals for singles and families - $20+/hr

    razztazz ebikes

    Electric bike rentals - $25/hour

    Hood River Bicycles

    Kids, Adult hybrids, Mountain and Ebikes - $25+/4 hrs

    Discover Bicycles



    Electric and regular bike rentals

    Mountain View Cycles

    Kids, trailer bikes, trailers, hybrid, ebike, road and mountain- $25+/day

    Local Resources

    tourism and chamber of commerce

    Hood River Chamber of Commerce