Hood River, OR
Long on the watersport enthusiasts' map for the incredible Columbia Gorge wind, Hood River serves it up in the mountain bike category as well.
There are long and flowing trails, tight and twisty concoctions, air opportunities, and entire areas dedicated to rollers and bridges. The terrain is perfect for cross-country and all-mountain riders, and suitable for those wanting to work on more technical descents, as long as they're willing to start the ride with a pedal up or a shuttle.
We run our morning skill sessions at Jackson Park and Collins Field, and then head to Post Canyon for our afternoon rides. There we start from four different staging areas: Seven Streams, Family Man, Post Flats and Binns Hill. As always, we split into groups according to skill level and area of interest, and work to give everyone just what they want.
Big thanks to the local Trek Dirt Series coaches, Hood River Area Trail Stewards, staff at Dakine and Mountain View Cycles, and all our Hood River friends for making this trip one of our favorites each year. For 2018 we have two consecutive camps, as well as a one-day camp on Friday, July 20, so hopefully those left on last year's waitlists will get a chance to join now.
Mountain View is offering participants 20% off apparel, parts, and accessories on the camp weekend, as well as $200 off new bike purchases. They're also offering free bike rentals on the camp weekend, but since this is a busy time of year for them, those rentals will need to be booked in advanced. Please contact Mountain View at 541-386-2453 if you're interested in using one of their bikes.
Lunch Sponsor: New York City Sub Shop
Beer Sponsor: Oskar Blues
There are a number of great hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and camping options in Hood River. Your best bet is to do a general online search, and then get in touch with us or the staff at Mountain View Cycles if you'd like any additional help.