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New huts make off-road, family-friendly Mt. Hood bike adventure possible

Posted by on April 25th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Your hut awaits.
(Photos: Cascade Huts)

Mountain biking on Mt. Hood isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a family-friendly summer bike adventure; but that might change thanks to Cascade Huts.

Since their launch five years ago, the founders of Cascade Huts — James Koski (yes that James Koski) and Don Bain — have attracted quite a bit of media attention. Earlier this month, Outside Magazine named Cascade Huts the 2nd best hut-to-hut mountain biking system in America.

And now, in partnership with the US Forest Service, the company has announced the addition of two new huts that are set to open for riders this summer. The new huts are in the Surveyor’s Ridge area to the east of Mt. Hood.

Koski says the new huts have enabled them to offer rides for riders of all abilities and they’ve announced a new, three-day, 26-mile Surveyor’s Ridge package. “This can be a family-friendly ride with limited climbing and rides of less than 12 miles per day. Or, it can be an exhilarating and exhausting exploration of singletrack riding,” says Koski.

Given the short distance between these new huts (about 5 and 1/2 miles), Koski says they make, “This kind of bike touring available to a wider audience.”

If you want something more challenging, Cascade also offers a six-day, 160-mile “Grand Tour” that takes you on a loop from Hood River that goes around the entire mountain. Sounds great to me. Check out for more info.

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  • dan April 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I assume they’d be open to having hikers do the Surveyor’s Ridge route? The huts are perfectly spaced for hiking with a light daypack.

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  • anthony sands April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    really dan cant something out there just be for cyclist. they probably are since nobody excludes hikers anyway

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  • GlowBoy April 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’m sure if you’re willing to shell out $200/person for a 3-day hike, they’ll be willing to take your money.

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  • Dan Kaufman July 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    We just wrapped up a video focusing on the Surveyor’s Tour for those who’d like to take a closer look

    Thanks for the space to promote this, Jonathan!

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