Sept 15-16 Bike Camping! (Clackamas River in Mount Hood N.F.)

Cycle Wild Presents: Bike Camping!

When: Saturday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 16
Where: Clackamas River – Mount Hood National Forest
Distance / Elevation Gain: 44.7 miles / 3,039′
Cost: <$10 per person
(Note: Cycle Wild does NOT charge for events – cost is campground fees and payable individually to the campground vendor)

Meet: Saturday, 9am (riding at 9:30am)
Location: Cleveland Avenue MAX Station, Gresham (end of the BLUE line MAX)

(Note: MAX fare $2.50 one-way, official TriMet policy is no trailers, cargo bikes, recumbents or tandems)

Route / Cue Sheet:
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Route to Cleveland MAX Station:
(for those who cannot / don’t want to ride MAX)

Moderate Skill, semi-exploratory

Hello again, campers!  It’s time for another Cycle Wild trip into the woods!  This will be our first trip this year up the Clackamas corridor.  It’s after Labor Day, so traffic is expected to be somewhat light.  We’re looking for a new camping location along the Clackamas River since officially we cannot use Alder Flat due to bicycle restrictions on the Alder Flat trail.  So on this trip, we’ll be scouting the trail between Rainbow and Riverside campgrounds for a suitable camping location.  We will probably camp at Rainbow, and then those of us who want to ride it will ride the trail unloaded to scout.  If Rainbow is full, we will check the 2 nearest campgrounds for vacant spots or camp outside of a designated campground – so if you choose to come along, you should be prepared to be a bit flexible in the choice of a campsite and for primitive camping.  This means you should have a shovel, a roll of toilet paper, and ample water containers, just in case.

Estacada is our “supply” stop.  Estacada has a Thriftway grocery, Hi-School Pharmacy, and Ace Hardware – food, tubes/tires, etc.  We plan on a 30-45 minute stop in Estacada.  Please be prompt showing up for the ride so we can ride on-time.  Remember, if we have to wait for you, you are inconveniencing 4-12 other people.  The plan is to leave promptly at 9:30, arrive in Estacada about 11:30, leave Estacada about 12:15, and arrive at Rainbow campground about 3-3:30pm.  That gives us plenty of time to set up camp and then go bike/hike the trail.  The campgrounds in the MHNF typically do not sell firewood, so if we want a fire, we’ll need to cart it in ourselves from Estacada.  We’ve done that before, but it’s close to 30 miles from there to the campground.  If everyone has a couple bungies, we could get a bundle or two and divide them up so everyone is carrying a couple small logs – we’ll figure out in Estacada what folks want to do.  We’re not expecting rain on this trip, but it’s Oregon after Labor Day, so be prepared for heat, cold, rain, sun, and bugs. (i.e. rain gear, warm clothing, sunscreen, bug spray)  Bring a camp stove, we can’t promise there will be firewood.

In short, be prepared to possibly go without a campfire (or having simply a small fire from scrounged wood), be prepared to be flexible, and have enough containers for water for the evening and morning.  (we will fill up water at Rainbow campground or the Ripplebrook Guard Station)  These “adaptable” trips are frequently some of the most fun trips we do.

I hope you will choose to join us!