Silence and Singletrack

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

May 28, 2009
Outside Magazine

You won't summit, but on International Mountain Guides' two-day primer, guests will learn glacial travel, rope management, and self-rescuing skills at Rainier's Upper Cornice. $355 per person, plus $30 camping fee, meals not included (fill up on grilled salmon at the Copper Creek Inn, two miles away:; June–August;

Bike-mad Portland isn't just prime cyclocross and road-riding territory. Beyond the city limits, killer singletrack abounds. Tops on our list? Mount Hood, the sprawling, 11,249-foot sleeping volcano just an hour outside town. Circumnavigate the big guy on a four-day hut-to-hut trip starting in Hood River. Days are spent covering up to 40 miles of singletrack and logging roads in the million-acre Mount Hood National Forest and gawking at the views of Hood, Adams, St. Helens, and, on a clear day, Rainier. Your digs, courtesy of the Cascade Huts system, are rustic cabins in the forest. The huts are stocked with pasta, plus sleeping pads and bags (tip: bring a liner). By the time you reach Hood River again, you'll be ready for some smooth road riding—and a burger and beer at the Full Sail Pub.

EXPENSE REPORT Huts ( $300, including food. A dozen Clif Bars: $15. Two Crater Lake burgers and four amber ales ( $40. Total: $355

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