2) Oregon’s Cascade Huts

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Mt. Hood bikers

Bikers with Mt. Hood in the background     Photo: James Koski

The four-day Mt. Hood loop, which circumnavigates the volcano and includes a stay in the eight-person, 256-square-foot Cascade Huts, offers picture-perfect views of the Columbia River Gorge and Oregon’s highest, and most likely to erupt, peak.

Every day of the 137-mile ride has options. You can stick to service roads, or you can dip into more technical terrain, including some extra climbs for the masochistic. This summer, the Forest Service has given the Cascade Huts Organization permission to add two new huts, which will allow for a beginner trip that lasts three days and covers less technical terrain.

When to Go: August has the most consistent good weather (read: no rain), but September brings fewer crowds.
Cost:
$300/person; cascadehuts.com

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