As of Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Oregon’s Cascade Huts came under new ownership March 30. Local mountain bike enthusiasts who started the successful adventure business in 2004 have decided to pursue other interests and are selling to two Oregon natives.
New owners Derek DeBorde and Jason Taylor, who also own Lost Lake Resort, are planning a smooth transition, including keeping the website with its online reservation system active. The Lost Lake Resort manager, Trent Weseman, will oversee the integration of the hut system. They hope to encourage visitors to see Cascade Huts as an opportunity for a new experience, whether they mountain bike or not.
“We look forward to helping people experience the beauty and wildlife of the area where we ourselves grew up. We spent thousands of hours hiking, riding, and skiing these trails as kids, and I hope others will take a little time to come see it for themselves,” said Taylor, a native of the Hood River area.
Cascade Huts offers a unique experience, allowing families or groups to carry as little as possible and rely on food and supplies available in the huts which are placed regularly along trails around Mount Hood.
Available year-round, the huts have been especially popular with bikers and skiers, but new owners hope others will see the hut system as a great way to plan a multi-day hike without a huge outlay of time, equipment, or cost.
Packages range from three- to six-night trips and are scalable, ranging from 25 to over 150-mile treks.
Here is how the hut system works: Reserve an adventure, which includes detailed maps and a reserved hut along the path each night. The hut is furnished with places to sleep, a propane stove, utensils, food and water. All an adventurer needs to pack is a sleeping bag liner and personal amenities. It’s a simple solution to the challenge all hikers, bikers and others face on multi-day adventures: How do I pack everything in?
The hut system also provides a convenient solution for those bringing children along who want to skip setting up a tent and starting a campfire at the end of a long day.
DeBorde and Taylor believe their experience in outdoor tourism and personal knowledge of the Mount Hood area will boost interest in the region and inspire more visitors to get out and see stunning Oregon treasures like Surveyors Ridge, the Pacific Crest Trail, and Lolo Pass. The huts remain available year-round, regardless of snow level, but snow usually melts by late April or early May.
More information and reservations available at cascadehuts.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.