West Cascades Bike Camping 2016


All five in group photo

George biked from home to Jazzy Bagel in Gresham for the 8:00 a.m. rendezvous with Bob, Don, John, and Scott. Although the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club runs primarily day trips, this was one of their few bike camping trips. My last serious bike camping trip was over thirty years ago; however, our baby boomer group had several years of bike camping experience. Don's route was exceptionally beautiful. Much of the route followed these five rivers:  Clackamus, Breitenbush, North Santiam, McKenzie, and Willamette. We gained over 13,000 feet in elevation during our six-day trip. After finishing in Eugene, four of us toured the Co-Motion bicycle factory and rode back to Portland on Amtrak. Instead of taking the train, Scott rode his bike back to Portland.

Day Date From To Miles
Sunday 26-Jun-16 Jazzy Bagel in Gresham (breakfast at Harmony in Estacada) Riverside USFS Campground near Ripplebrook 47
Monday 27-Jun-16 Riverside USFS Campground (Lunch at The Cedar in Detroit Lakes) Detroit Lakes State Park 45
Tuesday 28-Jun-16 Detroit Lakes State Park (Breakfast at Marion Forks) Belknap Hot Springs 57
Wednesday 29-Jun-16 Belknap Hot Springs (breakfast at Tadoda's in McKenzie Bridge) Kiahanie USFS Campground 50
Thursday 30-Jun-16 Kiahanie USFS Campground Dexter RV Park 52
Friday 1-Jul-16 Dexter RV Park (breakfast at sports bar in Eugene) Eugene 22

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  • A quiet road in the PGE hydro project is closed to motor vehicles. This begins about 20 miles north of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station.
  • Don, John, and Scott riding on Hwy 224 along the Clackamus River
  • View from the Riverside Trail at Riverside Campground


  • The Austin Hot Springs along Hwy 224 in the Clackamas River are about 12 miles south of the Ripplebrook Ranger Station.
  • We tried to pack light, but everyone brought a stove on this trip.
  • We walked along the beach at Detroit Lake enjoying a good view of Mt Jefferson.


  • Breakfast at the restaurant in Marion Forks after riding about 20 miles.
  • Black lava rocks on Hwy 22 near Santiam Pass.
  • Don enjoying a downhill stretch on Hwy 22


  • John riding over the Cougar Dam in front of the reservoir
  • Reading break at Cougar Reservoir
  • Scott riding on Aufderheide Drive near Cougar Reservoir


  • George on the Office Covered Bridge, Oregon's longest covered bridge at 180 feet.
  • Biking on HWY 158 during a break in traffic along the Dexter Reservoir
  • Our campsite at Dexter RV park was very quiet except for the karaoke in the bar next door.


  • Don and Scott looking for the back road through Jasper that connects to the bike trail leading to Eugene
  • Bob and his Surly Long Haul Trucker at the Co-Motion factory
  • George and Don celebrated the end of our trip in Eugene by posing with a very large duck.