Cascading Rivers Rides 2017

March 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

  • Cost:
    Choose one of four rides: prices vary
  • Nearby Cities:
    Estacada, Sandy, Eagle Creek
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge
  • Attributes:
    All Ages, Road, Rural, Wilderness

Stay Safe

In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

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Contact Info


Estacada Cycling Station at Estacada City Hall, 475 SE Main St., Estacada, OR 97023Cascading Rivers Rides

For our third year we have put together a selection of rides that provide relief from your busy life with a weekend of a timeless interlude on nationally designated wild and scenic rivers, in majestic forests along volcanic wonders. Showcasing the rugged and primitive Cascade Range’s waterfalls, hot springs, ear splitting whitewater, and crystal clear pools the solitude will fill you with peace and well deserved hard-earned memories. You can feel good knowing that not only have you met a personal challenge but also you can feel good knowing that you are supporting a worthy cause of revitalizing small towns and preserving these wondrous places.

This year we return with several popular routes and add a new challenging option unlike any ride offered. As in prior years we not only immerse you in nature we allow you to experience two quaint and colorful small towns and mountain stores. Choices include rides for beginners and well-seasoned road warriors. All routes are supported with sag wagons, EMTs and satellite communications with rest stops every 15 miles.

Getting here: All rides start at the Estacada Cycling Plaza at City Hall (475 SE Main St., Estacada) where you will be directed to free parking. Estacada is 30 miles SE of Portland in Oregon, USA. If driving exit East from Interstate 205 on Highway 224 and follow the signs to Estacada. All rides are on paved roads, some have limited bike lanes.


Killer Fang Ride: arrive 7:30AM on Saturday, 9/16/2017. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet and drop luggage and gear to be portaged. Start is at 8:00 AM to 10AM. On Sunday, 9/17 leave Detroit at 8:00 to 10:00 AM for return trip.

Bagby Spa Ride: arrive 7:30AM on Saturday, 9/16/2017. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet. Start is at 8:00 AM to 10AM. Leave Bagby by 2:00 PM for return to Estacada.

Raging Rapids Rides: Arrive 9:30AM on Sunday, 9/17/2017. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet. Start is 10AM to 12Noon with return to Estacada by 5PM

Little Riffles Ride: Arrive 11:30 to 1:30PM on Sunday, 9/17/2017. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet. Start is 12 Noon to 2:00 PM with return by 5PM.

Ride Descriptions

Killer Fang: Aptly named for a treacherous rapid where the Clackamas River dives beneath a house sized boulder to reappear a hundred feet downstream this route is designed for seasoned riders with some time devoted to ascending and descending in mountain terrain. The route follows highway 224 East to Ripplebrook store beside four nationally designated wild and scenic streams and then heads South on Forest Road 46 along the cascades backbone where the Clackamas’ threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead still spawn onward to Detroit a distance of 72 miles. The routes elevation gain is 3,100 feet from Estacada and 1,900 returning from Detroit but mostly of 6 to 7% grades. After an overnight stay in a state park or lodging in Detroit the route returns to Estacada on Sunday. The ride includes 2 boxed lunches, a dinner and breakfast in Detroit and an evening meal with beverage in Estacada. A shuttle provides service between the campsite and Detroit Saturday night.

Bagby Spa Ride: A challenging one day 77 mile ride to Oregon’s most popular public hot springs along the Clackamas and Collawash rivers with a leisurely and lazy return to Estacada. Following the scenic bikeway past Ripplebrook to the junction with The Collawash River the cyclist heads South on Forest Road 70 along one of the Cascades most beautiful streams with boulder gardens, waterfalls, brisk rapids and placid swimming pools to the Hot Springs Fork, Pegleg Falls and the Bagby Hot Springs parking area an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. At the parking area lunch stop you may choose to hike 1.4 miles through a beautiful old forest along the hot springs fork to the bathhouses. If the wait is not too long you may bathe in the natural springs in your birthday suit (bathing suit optional). After the short walk back, mount your bike and cruise back to Estacada where a massage and meal with beverage is awaiting.

Raging Rapids: You have two choices of 35 or 52 miles east on the scenic bikeway along shaded rivers and rollicking rapids. You begin cruising leisurely along Faraday Road, North Fork Lake and east where the waters begin to quicken and the rafts and kayaks begin to dominate the frothy waters to Carter Bridge, home to the Northwest’s largest whitewater festival that occurs each May. For a cedar lined mountain stream choose the Fish Creek spur and turn right for 1.5 miles along this steelhead hideaway. Or choose to follow the bikeway through spectacular overviews of the Narrows, past the mountain community of Three Lynx and then make a stiff mile climb to the Ripplebrook store. Having arrived your work is done, pedal easily back to Estacada for a meal and beverage in a restaurant of your choice.

Little Riffles: This is a flat social ride mostly along a gated road for casual riders and children. You have a choice to begin at City Hall Cycling Station or at the Faraday West Hydro parking area, the latter is away from the highway. This is a perfect ride for the whole family including Young children. You will ride past three lakes through shaded maple and alders past Faraday, Cazadero and North Fork Dams all on a gated car free road. Keep your eyes peeled for water fowl, the occasional osprey or bald eagle. The turnaround is at the North Fork Lake lower boat ramp.


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