Hey folks! So we are going ahead with our Cycle Wild Labor Day Coast Tour. Full details are below.
It’s a four-day bike tour from-and-to Hillboro, out to the Oregon Coast! Here’s the route.
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The entire route is approximately 220 miles over four days. This is the basic outline of the tour:
- Fri Aug 31: Stub Stewart State Park, 25 miles from Hatfield MAX in Hillsboro. Riders would be responsible for getting out to Stub Stewart on their own (after work), there will be no “official” ride out there.
- Sat Sept 1: camping behind a residence in Wheeler, approx 75-80 miles. We’ll be using the Nehalem River Road for a good half of it, which is mostly gravel.
- Sun Sept 2: The Short Day. To Cape Lookout, approx 35 miles.
- Mon Sept 3: Back home. The main way would be over Cape Lookout and via Nestucca River Road, about 85 miles. There is about a two mile section of dirt/gravel on the Nestucca River Road. If people have an extra day off, we could break this segment in two and camp at the BLM campsites along the Nestucca River. Those who want a shorter, faster way back can use Route 6/8 back to Hillsboro, about 70 miles with moderate-to-heavy traffic.
This mini-tour is recommended for experienced bike campers/tourers, and due to the nature of it, we are going to limit participation to ten people.
But why do this tour? Why put up with long days and gravel? Why put up with 13,000 feet of cumulative climbing? There are several reasons:
- We’ll be going to places we haven’t been to before, using routes we haven’t used before.
- The places we would camp are destinations where we wouldn’t have to worry about it being a busy holiday weekend: Stub Stewart’s walk-in sites shouldn’t be too bad on Friday, we’ll be staying at someone’s house on Saturday, Cape Lookout has hiker/biker sites for Sunday, and if we choose to camp on Monday night, the BLM sites on the Nestucca River Road will be quiet.
- Quiet, little used roads to and from the coast.
- Minimizes 101 riding to the sections between Garibaldi and Tillamook (about 10 miles) and a section around Beaver (5 miles)
Camping cost is estimated at $20 per person for the tour, not including firewood. You would be responsible for all food costs, and transportation for getting to/from Hillsboro.
For basic information regarding Cycle Wild trips, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.