The people behind the scenes


Northwest Excursions is a small Hood River local business. The folks behind the scenes here are genuinely stoked to share some of the best parts about the place they call home. Your positive experience matters, and that’s what Northwest Excursions is here to create.


Lydia Lehner

Owner/Operator of Northwest Excursions

Lydia is the founder of Northwest Excursions. She is also a realtor at John L. Scott Columbia Gorge and co-owns Mountain View Cycles bike shop in Hood River with her husband Rafe. She and Rafe share a passion for cycling and living an outdoor focused lifestyle. Lydia is an advocate for women’s cycling, and hosts women’s group mountain bike rides and clinics for all skill levels throughout the summer. She also enjoys other activities besides cycling, such as paddle boarding, hiking, wine tasting and visiting the many orchards in the valley. She and Rafe love living in Hood River, where they are raising their young family. Her goal with Northwest Excursions is to share this great outdoor lifestyle and welcoming community with other likeminded people.


Bekah Rottenberg

Professional Guide and Instructor

Bekah initially came to mountain biking by exploring the logging roads with her dog near her rural western Massachusetts home. Despite her early love of bikes, trails took a back seat during high school and college as she played Division I lacrosse at Brown University. Post college, Bekah fell back in love with bikes and started racing in 2009. She raced at the professional level from 2014 – 2018, competed internationally, and emerged as one of the premier riders in the Pacific Northwest. Bekah loves the community around bikes and has been excited to transition from racing bikes to helping others feel more confident riding bikes. Bekah is the head coach for the Cooper Spur Mountain Bike Program, teaches classes at The Power Station gym, and coaches lacrosse for the Hood River Valley High School. She is a certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor (PMBI) a Wilderness First Responder, and a certified USA Weightlifting coach. Bekah lives in Hood River, OR with her wife, dog, and 6 chickens.