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Mount Hood leaders map their course to become a bike-recreation Mecca

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Sandy Ridge loop-6
The Sandy Ridge MTB Trail System is one of the Mount Hood area's many bright spots.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

WELCHES - The slopes south and west of Mount Hood could become Oregon's next great bike tourism destination, Clackamas County leaders said Saturday at a half-day conference here in the old volcano's foothills.

"We are tourism-driven," said George Wilson, a director of the Villages at Mount Hood and the organizer of the event. "It's our only industry."

It's also an industry that currently booms each summer and winter and slackens during the "shoulder seasons," as fall and spring are sometimes called in the Mount Hood area.

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Stars aligning for a bike tourism boom in the Mt. Hood area

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Sandy Ridge loop-5
Riders scope out routes at Sandy Ridge, a popular trail-riding
destination built specifically for mountain biking.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Nobody in Oregon gets more of its tourist dollar from bikes than the Mount Hood region, and people in eastern Multnomah and Clackamas counties are taking notice.

Whatever happens in the controversy about a planned mountain bike park near Timberline Lodge, the area seems to be thinking more and more about biking. Consider a few elements:
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