Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway 2017 Event Rides
September 16 - 17, 2017
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 tripcheck.com, 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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For the third year we have put together a selection of rides that provide relief from your busy life with a timeless weekend 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 you are also supporting the worthy cause of revitalizing small towns and preserving these wondrous places.
This year we return with several popular routes and have added a new challenging option unlike any ride offered. As in prior years, we not only immerse you in nature but also 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.
Killer Fang – This two-day ride travels the length of the Bikeway in each direction – 72 miles each day, with 3,100 feet of elevation gain from Estacada to Detroit, and 1,900 feet coming back. Includes support, meals and an overnight stay in Detroit – camping or lodging; your choice.
Bagby Spa Ride – Ride 77 miles out-and-back from Estacada to Oregon’s most popular public hot springs; stop for a soak if you want, but either way your registration includes a massage and a meal waiting for you back in town.
Raging Rapids – Two choices here: 35 or 52 miles from Estacada along the Bikeway, and it’s basically all downhill on the way back!
Little Riffles – This family-friendly ride is great for casual riders and kids, going past three lakes on shady roads that are flat, gated and car-free!
Getting there: 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.
Here are more detailed 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.