Eagle Creek camping for the win!
Next up: Milo McIver

In case you were curious what a Cycle Wild trip looks like, last weekend’s trip to Eagle Creek with our five awesome campers looked a little like this:

What started with an auspicious roadside blackberry-picking stop…

roadside blackberry picking

..ended up with some amazing biking, great hiking, a side trip to Thunder Island Brewing for some, and a blast had by all:)

Columbia River Gorge Bike Path(cruising the bike path along the Columbia River Gorge)

Oneonta Gorge mug shot

(unflattering but perhaps obligatory mug shot at Oneonta Gorge:)

Oneonta Gorge

(an awesome hiking/wading/swimming stop up to Oneonta Falls)

Historic Highway

(cruising the Historic Highway by Vista House–look for Chris’ bunny ears!:)

If you missed it, don’t worry: coming up soon is our trip to Milo McIver Park, with a delicious breakfast included! Check out the details down on our last post.

See you there!

Come along to Milo McIver bike camping, August 22-23

Clackamas River at Milo McIver

Join Cycle Wild for a fun social weekend jaunt out to Milo McIver State Park. Riders will be treated to breakfast at the leader’s house on SE Flavel & 60th (exact address will be emailed to registered riders). 30 miles and mostly flat terrain make this a beginner rated trip, but experienced loaded tourists will enjoy it too. The campground has hiker/biker, and camping will be $5/person, payable at the campground. The park also has swimming spots in the Clackamas and disc golf!

As with all Cycle Wild trips, you must be a member to come along and you must register online here.

Come check out the beauty of the Clackamas River and Estacada with us.

Your co-leader for this trip is the inimitable Maria Schur. Contact her with specific trip questions!

Explore the Columbia River Gorge at Eagle Creek, August 8-9

Who’s ready for a trip to the Columbia River Gorge? Come join Cycle Wild in an intermediate trip to Eagle Creek, August 8-9.

We’ll meet Saturday morning and proceed on a super scenic ride no more than 40 miles, but with around 3,000 feet of climbing. No worries: we’ll take it slow and not leave anyone behind. The Historic Highway will keep us off I-84 and will provide excellent rest stops at Vista House and Multnomah Falls, both of which have restrooms and coffee/snacks for purchase.

Bring your hiking shoes, because once we get to the Eagle Creek campground we’ll be conveniently located for great hiking. We’ll also only be about 4 miles away from Cascade Locks, where there is not only a store and an ice cream shop, but Thunder Island Brewing Co. I know at least one of us plans to head there for dinner and brewskies.

Eagle Creek is a fairly high-traffic trailhead, so we recommend bringing a bike lock or at least all your crafty wiliness to disguise your valuables. Also, we have only one campsite reserved for all of us, so this trip is capped at 10 participants. We’ll be cozy, so please bring the smallest tent/hammock/whatever you sleep in that you can, or we can arrange a tent-share for you. Your trip leaders are Chris and Stasia, and you can email either one of us to ask about sleeping arrangements (or anything else).

There is no cost for this trip except for membership with Cycle Wild though we’d certainly appreciate a few dollars for shared firewood. Registration is required, as is being a Cycle Wild member, and we will send further details to registered participants as we get closer to the travel date. Please register here.

It’s going to be an awesome trip! Hope to see you then!

Join us on our trip to Panther Creek, July 25-26

Join Cycle Wild at Panther Creek Campground, in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest! The campground is beautifully forested, and located directly along Panther Creek.

Our route will take us along the Historic Columbia River Highway, including last year’s new piece of trail, out to Cascade Locks. We’ll then cross the Bridge of the Gods to the Washington side of the river and continue to ride on a beautiful 6 mile stretch of Hwy 14, through Stevenson (where we’ll stop for a pint and snacks at Walking Man Brewing, either out or back or both). We’ll then leave the highway and travel through Carson and up 8 miles into Gifford Pinchot to our campground. The one-way mileage for this trip is approximately 60 miles, with around 3,400′ of total elevation gain. This will be a no-drop trip, but the pace will be semi-brisk (think 12mph average, and remember you’re riding a loaded bike), so this trip is probably not appropriate for children or dogs. Because of the mileage, this is an advanced trip.

For those feeling spunky, we can ride an additional 7 miles up NF-65 to the ah-mazing Panther Creek Falls.

As with all our trips, you must be a Cycle Wild member and you must register on Eventbrite to camp with us. Our starting location will be given out to folks who register.

The leaders for this ride are Erinne Goodell and Maria Schur. We’re happy to answer any questions about the trip!

The trip is limited to 16 people (plus 2 leaders). Register now!

July 4th Camping at Horning’s Hideout

Join us for a holiday excursion to Horning’s Hideout located northwest of Portland!

Just a short 14-mile ride brings you to a lovely little wooded spot with disc golf (3-18 hole courses are free with camp fees, discs can be rented), fishing (rods/tackle available for rent), forests for exploring, paddle boats, and peacocks! At only $6/person/night payable the day-of, it’s a deal for a relaxing nearby holiday getaway.

We have a group site reserved, so we’re ready for lots of bike campers to join us! The Cycle Wild-led ride will leave the morning of Friday, July 3rd from the MAX Station in Hillsboro, ride 14 miles at an easy pace, stay two nights at Horning’s, and depart Sunday around noon. Other campers are welcome to join us only Friday or Saturday night, or to ride all the way from Portland (around 28 miles–we can help with a route). Regardless of how or when you get there, you must be a Cycle Wild member and you must register on Eventbrite to camp with us.

Kids and dogs are welcome! Fireworks are not–they’re forbidden on the property. Because of the very dry weather we’ve had this spring, it’s already fire season and campfires aren’t allowed–so bring your stove for cooking and a lantern for evening hang-out time.

We’ll also be sharing the property with 3 weddings during the weekend–bring earplugs if an early bedtime is important–so there’s a chance we can have a late-night dance party with borrowed beats.

This is sure to be a fun, relaxed Independence Day weekend for those that want to get away from the city.

Register online now!

Stub Stewart- Pedalpalooza Edition!

Join Cycle Wild on our next bike camping trip to Stub Stewart State Park! This is a great trip for beginner and experienced bike campers alike (though we hope to get lots of new people out!). The one-way mileage is only around 23 miles- half(ish) on low-car country roads, and half(ish) on the beautiful Banks-Vernonia Trail. This will be a no-drop trip, so we will have an experienced rider in the back to make sure no one breaks down or gets lost, and we will stop periodically to regroup. There will be a grocery stop a little more than halfway, so you don’t have to carry all your food the whole way.

Stub Stewart State Park has miles of trails for both hiking and mountain biking, as well as a disc golf course (at least a couple of us will definitely play a round for fun, so pack your disc!).

We’ll be camping at the Brooke Creek walk-in campground. The cost per person is $10 plus fees, which covers our reserved campsite costs, as well as firewood. Prepayment is required–if you are unable to pay using Eventbrite/Paypal, please contact the organizers using their e-mails below. Campers are responsible for their own food and cookware, tent or hammock, and other camping supplies. See cyclewild.org for a sample packing list and other resources. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any other questions.

We will provide more details about the trip to those signed up closer to the trip date. 

Your fearless leader for this trip will be Ryan GoodHope you can join us!

Have questions about Stub Stewart bike camping – Pedalpalooza edition? Contact Cycle Wild

Sign up here:


Come along on Cycle Wild’s Annual Tour

CW Eastern OR Tour

Cycle Wild is excited to announce that we will be exploring scenic and wide open Central and Eastern Oregon for an entire week in mid-September!

Where: Bike Tour of Central and Eastern Oregon, starting just outside of Bend.
When: depart Friday, September 11th & return Saturday September 19th. Departure/return locations will be at a central location within Portland.
Who: You and 8 others! There is a chance for more…or less. If we are able to accommodate/shuttle more people, new spots would be offered first to people on the waiting list.
What: A self-supported week-long bike tour to reconnect with nature and take in the serenity of Central and Eastern Oregon while riding and camping with friends along the way.

Transportation costs = most likely less than $100/person (via a shuttle company TBD)
Camping costs = TBD (most likely no more than $50/person)
Food costs = You’ll need to supply your own food
Total cost = most likely between $100-150 + food

Deposit: $50 to secure your spot (refundable ONLY if your spot is filled by another person.)

Registration opens: Tuesday, June 2nd @ NOON!

There will be a pre-ride meetup at Velo Cult on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6-8pm. We are hosting this meetup before the trip so that the entire group can get on the same page about what to expect for this trip. BONUS: Get your bike fixed or tuned up that night! Velo Cult is planning to have enough bike mechanics on staff that night to assist and fix most anything on the spot so our touring rigs can be in tip-top shape.

Trip Details:
Itinerary: That’s still being finalized. We plan to start in Prineville and travel to destinations east via beautiful scenery. The trip is not a loop. The possible ending location may be Heppner, La Grande, or even Baker City. We might pass through the John Day Valley, the Painted Hills, the Elkhorn Mountains, the Strawberry Mountains, or all of the above! No matter the final route, it’ll be a great time.

Skill level: This is an INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED trip. We are likely to encounter gravel, there will be times you will need to carry extra water or food–this won’t be a walk in the park, it’ll be a ride in the desert conditions of Eastern Oregon. And if you are prepared, it’ll be a lot of fun!

Things to note: This tour will likely encounter some unknown elements as we will not be able to pre-ride the route before the tour. It will be absolutely crucial for you to be able to be flexible when issues are encountered. For example, the road we ride on may have terrible conditions, or there won’t be a bike shop nearby to fix a problem with your bike, etc. And there won’t be an easy “bailout” option if anything goes wrong as this is a land of very limited public transportation (but lots of pickup trucks!). Also, expect spotty cell service.

Remember, you must be a Cycle Wild member to join this trip. You can pay your $10 membership fee along with your deposit.

You will have 3 great ride leaders at your disposal: Shawn Granton, Erinne Goodell and Kirk Paulsen.

Register online beginning Tuesday, June 2nd at noon on Eventbrite.

No Memorial Day trip

Hi folks,

Contrary to our announced schedule (now edited), there will be no Memorial Day trip this year. Sorry to anyone planning on that–I hope you’ll all get out on your own trip this weekend! A few of our tried and true bike camping options can be found here.

Stay tuned for information about our Stub Stewart Pedalpalooza trip, our 4th of July visit to Horning’s Hideout, and details about our weeklong tour in central/eastern Oregon in September!

Island Bike Camping at Cascade Locks!


Maria flies a kite off the end of Thunder Island. Bridge of the Gods is in the distance.
Maria flies a kite off the end of Thunder Island. Bridge of the Gods is in the distance.

Come join Cycle Wild May 9th and 10th for a bike camping adventure out to Cascade Locks. Why is it amazing you ask?

#1: Recently completed Historic Columbia River Highway bike path from Troutdale to Cascade Locks makes for an amazing day of biking. This is an intermediate level trip involving hills and a crazy set of stairs. This ~50 mile bike ride will be one to remember.

#2: See Gorge highlights that include; Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Fish Hatchery, and Bonneville HOT Dam!

#3: Camping on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks ($10/per tent, payable the day of). Special permission has been granted to Cycle Wild to allow us to camp on the island for the weekend. Located 1 block off of the main street and under the shadow of Bridge of the Gods. How rad is that!

#4: Located just 70 yards from our camping on Thunder Island is the rad Thunder Island Brewery. Owners Dan and Dave have been notified that we will be visiting Cascade Locks for the weekend and are excited to welcome us.

#5: Fabulous dining opportunities in the town of Cascade Locks, including ICE CREAM! Sam Hill’s Den, Char Burger, Cascade Inn, Cascade Locks Ale House and East Wind Drive-In (ice cream spot). But don’t worry, you can still bring your camp stove and prepare you food at the campground. We’ll leave the eating option to you. (Remember that you are always responsible for your own food on Cycle Wild trips.)

Register for the trip now!


You must be a Cycle Wild member to join this trip. If you’re not already a member, you can become one when you register.

Questions? Please contact ride leaders Paul Zavitkovski (pzavit (at) gmail (dot) com) and Lance Poehler (lancepoehler (at) gmail (dot) com). Thanks and we hope you can join us!

First peek at the 2015 schedule

Howdy campers!

Announcing! the Cycle Wild camping schedule for spring – fall 2015. There are a few details to be worked out–we’ll update you as that comes together.

You can also access our Google calendar here if you prefer to keep track of things that way.

Date Destination Level
April 4-5 Champoeg State Park beginner
May 9-10 Thunder Island at Cascade Locks intermediate
June (Pedalpalooza – TBA) Stub Stewart State Park beginner
4th of July (July 3-5) Horning’s Hideout beginner
July 25-26 Panther Creek Campground advanced
August 8-9 Eagle Creek intermediate
August 22-23 Milo McIver State Park beginner
September (TBA) Battle Ground Lake State Park beginner
Labor Day (Sept 5-7) TBA tba
September 12-20 Central/Eastern Oregon advanced
October (TBA) Oxbow Regional Park beginner

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