Trip Type : Group Tour
Cross Country USA: Portland to Missoula tour

Cross Country USA: Portland to Missoula

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 4,299 $ 430 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the first stage of riding across the USA
  • Enjoy the challenging ride covering more than 700 miles, with four rides of 98 miles or more, and climb over 30,000 feet.
  • Ride on the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway 30
  • Enjoy small hikes along the way to view Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls
  • Enjoy your stay in a hand-built log cabin on the banks of the free-flowing Middle Fork of the Clearwater
  • Conquer Lolo Pass


Short Description

You will begin your trip in Astoria, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. From here, point your bike eastward for 8 more days of gorgeous riding through the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River; the wine country of eastern Washington; the wild open spaces of Idaho; over Lolo Pass and into the Wild West college town of Missoula, Montana. The riding will be challenging, as you will cover more than 700 miles, with four rides of 98 miles or more, and climb over 30,000 feet. Your Trek Travel guides will be with you every pedal-stroke of the way, offering encouragement, mechanical and logistical support, camaraderie, and our renowned Trek Travel guest service. Our signature attention to detail—and exhaustive planning and provisioning—will leave you free to just ride as you take in stunning views of the American West. Your trip will conclude with a final well-deserved gourmet dinner with our intrepid Cross Country USA trip guests. Toast these hearty souls good luck before they press on for another 3000 miles through the heartland of America all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Who knows? Maybe at that point you'll be thinking about going all the way next time.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Astoria
End City Missoula

Trip Includes

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 8 lunches, 2 social hours, 8 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support

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Itinerary

Day 1: Astoria to Fort Stevens Return

Accommodation: Cannery Pier Hotel

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Lucia (400 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Today is the day to get everything in order before embarking on your ride to Montana. After a 2- hour shuttle to the town of Astoria, you will enjoy a hearty welcome lunch and brief introductions, and your guides will take time to ensure you a comfortable fit on your bike. We recommend that you have a professional bike fit early in your training, for the greatest efficiency and to reduce the risk of injury. Please bring all measurements from bike fits, as well as your saddle, pedals, personal GPS unit, and any other equipment you would like affixed to your bike to this meeting so your guides can set up your bike to your requirements. Following the bike fit, safety tips and some introductory information, it's time for a short scenic spin from Astoria to Fort Stevens State Park and down to the Pacific Ocean where you can dip your tire into the water to mark the official start of your journey. Use the rest of this ride to warm up your legs and make sure you are comfortable in your saddle. Your warm-up ride will be followed by a social hour and dinner, during which your guides will discuss your upcoming adventure in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Approximately 30 miles with 550 feet of climbing

Day 2: Astoria, OR to Portland, OR

Accommodation: Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront

Your adventure begins today as you depart Astoria and head for Missoula on your first long ride of the trip! It's time to bid farewell to the West Coast and turn east as you ease into your first pedal strokes along Youngs River and through the beautiful and densely forested Clatsop State Forest. As you ride, the enclosed green canopy and winding roads gradually open up to bring you just north of Portland where you will continue southeast on the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway and directly into downtown Portland. Explore one of America's most bike-friendly cities this evening as you relish the feeling of accomplishment from completing your first full day in the saddle.

Approximately 99 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Day 3: Portland, OR to Hood River, OR

Accommodation: Hood River Hotel

You'll depart Portland this morning on a network of popular bike trails and lanes. Once in Troutdale, you will ride on the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway 30 that separates Washington from Oregon. The north side of this 75-mile scenic byway boasts spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge while the south is blessed with a range of astonishing waterfalls. Take the time to stop at Columbia Point, one of the most scenic outlooks on the journey, and visit the Vista House which was built as a rest stop for early travelers. Don't miss small hikes along the way to view Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls, to name just a few. You'll arrive in Hood River after cycling the 5-mile Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail that passes through two climate zones and is bordered by numerous types of foliage and plants. As you finish your ride, don't forget to look out onto the water, as Hood River is renowned as one of the best windsurfing locations in the U.S.

Approximately 73 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Day 4: Hood River, OR to Boardman, OR

Accommodation: River Lodge and Grill

Depart this wind surfing and mountain biking hotspot to continue following the Lewis and Clark Trail along the water. As you ride, you will see wind turbines harnessing this region's most powerful and clean resource. You will also pass the John Day Dam which features the highest lift of any navigation lock in the United States, as well as a variety of bridges across the river.

Approximately 104 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Day 5: Boardman, OR to Walla Walla, WA

Accommodation: The Marcus Whitman Hotel

Complete your journey along the Columbia River Gorge and continue along the Lewis and Clark Trail as you turn due east onto the well-traveled Hwy 12. This will lead you through high desert sage and the agricultural areas producing the sweet onions, wheat, and wine that characterize the Walla Walla region of Washington. Find yourself in the heart of downtown as you finish your day by venturing out to find a cozy wine tasting and dinner of your choice.

Approximately 91 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Day 6: Walla Walla, WA to Lewiston, ID

Accommodation: Red Lion Hotel

Climb out of Walla Walla on gently rolling hills as you make your way through eastern Washington's beautiful golden fields of wheat. Today you will work hard to get to the third state of your journey, but the effort will be well worth it as you enjoy a long, winding descent into Idaho alongside the gentle Asotin Creek and the powerful Snake River. Shortly after entering Idaho you will find yourself in Lewiston, located at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Due to a system of locks and dams, Lewiston is accessible by some ocean-going vessels and is the easternmost port on the west coast.

Approximately 98 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Day 7: Lewiston, ID to Kooskia, ID

Accommodation: River Dance Lodge

Soon after departing Lewiston you will enter the land of the Nez Perce tribe. Cruise through undulating hills and scattered towns as you discover this magnificent gateway to the west. The Nez Perce have made this area home since before the history of the West was recorded and with many areas to hunt, fish, hike, and harvest berries, it is clear why. Enjoy the striking views from the banks of the Clearwater River into the hills above. Tonight you will stay in a hand-built log cabin on the banks of the free-flowing Middle Fork of the Clearwater. Each cabin has 2 or 3 private bedrooms and shared living spaces, bathrooms, a fireplace, hot tub, and deck to enjoy with your traveling companions turned cabin mates.

Approximately 103 miles with 6,400 feet of climbing

Day 8: Kooskia, ID to Lolo, MT

Accommodation: The Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs

Today you get to conquer Lolo Pass, your first Rocky Mountain pass! You'll follow historic Route 12 as it winds alongside the Lochsa River which is lined by the majestic pines of the Clearwater National Forest. This historic route is a very gentle climb until the last few miles, which greet you with steeper terrain and sweeping views. You'll top out at 5,225 feet at the Montana border. All that's left is a short descent to the Lodge at Lolo Hot Springs. It's a great place to rest and soak your legs after the day's climb.

Approximately 91 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

Day 9: Lolo, MT to Missoula, MT

Accommodation: DoubleTree Hotel Missoula - Edgewater

Enjoy a lazy morning with your fellow riders as you get used to the time change, because your last day is nearly all downhill! Today you finish descending the winding road from Lolo Pass into the town of Missoula--home of the University of Montana. Take a look around at the peaks dominating the horizon, as this town lies at the convergence of five separate mountain ranges. It's your choice for lunch today so enjoy your favorite foods as you soak in the scene in this fun college town. Tonight you will gather for a farewell social hour and dinner at the hotel, as you toast the conclusion of your trip and send your well-wishes along with those riders continuing their cross country journey.

Approximately 37 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Day 10: Missoula, MT

A relaxed breakfast and a leisurely morning in Missoula on the banks of the Clark Fork River provide the opportunity to revisit the triumphs and challenges of the past 9 days. Your ride across a portion of the American West has come to a close, but the friendships and memories produced by this epic journey have just begun.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

The average group size on our cycling vacations is about 12*. Most trips are capped at 20 guests: this ensures each guest receives exceptional individual support, dedicated attention, and uncompromising care from our world-class guides. *Group sizes vary from destination to destination and can be as many as 30+ guests for Race, Ride Camp and Cross Country trip departures.

Accomodations

9 nights of accommodation In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Portland to Portland trip, you will stay in a blend of high-end luxury hotels, resorts, rustic lodges, national chains and some motels. First and last nights of the trip and most rest days are spent in luxurious, full-service hotels. Along the way, use a number of hotels from national chains such as Best Western and Holiday Inn due to their consistent quality and service. Due to the nature of the trip, we also pass through some areas where accommodations are limited, and here we have secured the best local accommodations available - including some basic lodgings in family-run roadside motels. We've provided descriptions of the trip start, end, and rest day hotels on the Hotels tab. PLEASE NOTE: Every effort has been made to secure the best lodging and dining available, but in some rural parts of the country our options are limited and may not meet the quality criteria of every guest. Please consider this in your decision to join the Trek Travel Portland to Missoula tour.

CANNERY PIER HOTEL

ASTORIA, OREGON

Built on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery, the Cannery Pier Hotel is located 600 feet into the Columbia River. From this unique and enviable position, it offers guests unparalleled views of a real working river, as well as views out to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and the impressive Astoria–Megler Bridge. Each room has a private balcony and a fireplace, hardwood floors, and luxurious amenities. Take advantage of the authentic Finnish sauna before embarking upon the first ride of your long journey.

 

DOUBLETREE HOTEL MISSOULA - EDGEWATER

MISSOULA, MONTANA

The Doubletree Edgewater is located in the heart of the college town of Missoula, on the banks of the Clark Fork River. The campus of the University of Montana is only three blocks away and the restaurants and main attractions of downtown are within walking distance. You may decide to take advantage of the world-class fly fishing right out the door, or maybe just kick back and take in the stunning views of Mount Sentinel and watch the river flow past.

Cancellation Policy:

TOUR DE FRANCE & CROSS COUNTRY CANCELLATION POLICY:

Days to Departure         

REFUND                                         

Future Trip
Credit*

More Than 120 Days

$2,000 deposit is non-refundable

100% of deposit

91-120 Days

50% of trip price

75% of trip price

61-90 Days

25% of trip price

50% of trip price

60 Days or Less

No Refunds

No Future Trip Credits

 

Additional Information:

Support:

  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Bontrager merchandise 

Gear
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 USD off any 2015 5 Series or 6 Series Trek Domane including Project One and the Trek Emonda SL6 and SL8 models.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

 

Physical Requirements

Average Daily Mileage | 84

Terrain | Hilly

Average Daily Elevation | 4,000

Cross Country USA: Portland to Missoula is best suited for our Type 4 Riders, due to the extreme physical demands of the trip. The terrain is extremely varied, including rolling roads along rivers, long gradual climbs and descents across the plains, as well as long and steep climbing and descending in the Rockies. Roads are primarily two-lane secondary highways with good shoulders, but include some stretches of primary highways with wide shoulders, and smaller local roads and surface streets with little or no shoulder. Some road surfaces may be rough. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

 

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Trip Excludes

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

Meals Included:

Daily breakfast, 8 lunches, 2 social hours, 8 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day

On our Portland to Missoula trip, you will encounter a broad array of regional cuisine. Following each day’s ride you will dine at the best restaurant the town has to offer (taking proximity to the hotel into account)—from simple, hearty dinners to downright decadent nouvelle cuisine. Breakfast will usually be a hot buffet or, on occasion, from a menu. For lunches, most days your guides set up “feed zones” at designated spots along the route. These are quick lunch stops providing sandwich fixings, light salads, fresh fruits, sweet and savory snacks, energy products and beverages—designed to enable riders to maintain momentum. Trek Travel will also have a range of Clif energy products on hand for whenever you need a boost. If you require a specific brand of energy product we recommend bringing an adequate supply for your personal needs as there will be little opportunity to restock on this trip. Dinners are a great time to refuel while exchanging tales from the day, but we also realize that after long days of riding, rest is best. Therefore, many dinners on long-mileage days will be buffet style, simple and quick, maximizing your time to rest and recuperate. When possible, in larger towns or after shorter days of riding, you’ll dine at finer restaurants selected to showcase the spice and flair of the region. You'll have one dinner and one lunch where you are free to dine wherever you choose. Trek Travel does not provide alcohol with dinner, but we will offer some evening social hours on the first and last evening where wine and beer will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: as with our accommodation options across the country, there will be some meals that may not meet with every rider's quality standards due to limited options in some of the small towns along the way.

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