BIKE CAMPING – Green Canyon USFS campground Oct 6-7

Update: Weather forecast is sunny, clear, high in the mid-upper 60s, and a low of 40 degrees.  Pack for a cold night!
Hello, campers!
The days are getting shorter, but if you thought that camping season was done, I have great news – it’s not!  We still have at least one more decent weekend before the winter rains set in.  So we’re heading up the Sandy River to Green Canyon Campground.
Short version (If you haven’t ridden with us before, please read the WHOLE email.  Thanks)
When & Where:
Meet at 10am Saturday, October 6th at the Cleveland Avenue MAX Station, Gresham (1000 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham)
We ride at 10:30am SHARP
We’re riding to Green Canyon near Welches, Oregon, staying overnight, and returning to Gresham the next day.  Main group will likely depart camp between 11am and noon.

Mileage, Elevation & Links:
Mileage: 36.4 miles
Total Elevation gain: 3,357′ (site at 1,600′ elevation)
If you are riding from Portland to Gresham, here’s our recommended route: (~19 miles)
And the faster/shorter/louder route: (~14 miles)Cost
Cycle Wild does not charge for trips, but the US Forest Service (USFS) does charge for camping.  The cost is $20 per site and we’ll likely have 4 people per site.  Each person is responsible for their own food.  There will be a food stop on the way out at Fred Meyer. (so if you are LATE, meet us at the Gresham Fred Meyer - 2497 Southeast Burnside Rd. Est. departure time 11am)
The forecast calls for daytime temperatures in the high 60s / low 70s and overnight lows in the mid-40s.  Be prepared for colder temperatures and bring rain gear just in case.  We’ll be almost on the slope of Mt. Hood, so rain is always a possibility.  Don’t forget a flashlight – the campground is in a canyon, so the evening will be DARK.  Sunscreen and bug repellant will likely not be necessary on this trip.
Difficulty: 3 (scale of 1 to 5)
A 3 difficulty in this case means moderate distance, moderate climbing, and mostly quiet with short stretches of high-traffic roads
Special Notes:
1. Water on-site smells & tastes bad. Bring adequate water storage to fill up in town, 5 miles from camp. (4-6L)
2. There are 2 routes – The listed route, and Hwy 26.  Highway 26 has a gentler grade, but lots of traffic (but wide shoulders).
3. The ride leader may choose to ride Hwy 26 back to town.  All riders are welcome to choose their own return time and route if they wish.
4. We may or may not have firewood for this trip.
5. The site has vault toilets, but no showers.  Nearest “civilization” is 5 miles away on Highway 26.
6. This site has been visited by Cycle Wild members, but not by the ride leader.  The ride leader *is* familiar with the route.
(end short version)
Hey, I’ve never ridden with Cycle Wild before – what can I expect?  What do I need to bring?  Who ARE you guys, anyway?
Those are great questions!  Cycle Wild was founded in 2008 by Matt Picio, Stephanie Routh, and Tomas Quiñones.  We’ve led more than 50 trips to city, county and state parks, Forest Service campgrounds, and a few primitive camping sites.  Our mission is to reconnect people with nature via the bicycle, and we realize that mission by teaching classes and leading trips and encourage people to use their bike to experience this wonderful natural world we live in.
Cycle Wild is an all-volunteer organization.  We have a board of 6 individuals – 4 men, 2 women. (We are actively recruiting another woman to be on our board – if you’re interested, let us know!)  We are all-inclusive, and while most of our trips have been solely adults, we have had a number of families out with us – and every one of our trips is open to all ages. (we ask for a signed waiver for any unaccompanied minors)  Cycle Wild has seen strong female participation (42% female on most of our trips), and our trip age range spans from 11 months to 70+ years!  (our average participant age is probably about 30)
What can you expect on one of our trips?  You can expect to have a good time! We try very hard to select routes which are uncrowded, quiet, and safe.  When the destination requires us to use a route with is high-traffic, noisy, or potentially hazardous, we’ll tell you in advance – and it will be reflected in the difficulty.  You can expect a campsite which has bathrooms, drinking water, and sometimes other amenities like showers, but where there are also hiking trails, rivers/lakes, trees, or other natural features.  When those are absent, we’ll note it.  Generally, our ride leaders have ridden to our destination at least once (and probably multiple times) before a trip in question.  If not, we’ll put it in the details. (Note – any trip marked “Exploratory” means we have NOT ridden it before. Those trips are NOT recommended for beginners)
What should I bring?  You should bring a tent or hammock, camp pad, sleeping bag, and enough clothes to sleep comfortably for the weather conditions. (see ride description above)  You should bring some sort of container for water.  Most of our trips are a single overnight, so food can be bought prepared rather than cooked.  A plate, fork, and cup are good to have – REI and other camping stores usually carry lightweight versions for a reasonable cost.  Some of our ride leaders (Matt, for example) frequently cook pancakes in the morning for campers, or sometimes bring other goodies – so if you have some utensils, you can take advantage of random goodness when it happens. There’s a lot of other items you can bring, but those are the bare basics.  Camping beginners are encouraged to check out the Bike Camping 101 section of our website:
Cycle Wild is not set up to accommodate all individuals with disabilities, but we will do our best to accommodate you.  We also do our best to accommodate people of all skill and fitness levels.  That said, some rides are more difficult than others, and it is up to the discretion of the individual ride leader as to who is able to participate in a given ride.
Cycle Wild is a no-drop group.  If you are lagging behind, there *will* be someone to ride with you and ensure you can make it to your destination.  If you are a speed demon, you are welcome to venture ahead with the map and cue sheet, but we can’t take responsibility if you miss a turn.
Cycle Wild’s policy on alcohol & pets – if the park allows it (and most do), then so do we (so long as you’re of legal age).  While we will accommodate any pets, please keep in mind that some folks have allergies, and not all animals react well to strangers, the woods, other animals, or being cooped in a tent.  Please take your fellow campers into consideration, but by all means feel free to bring your pets.
Cycle Wild requires a waiver/permission slip for any unaccompanied minors.  This is mainly so we know that you know they’re camping with us.  If you send your 16/17 year old out with us, we will give you the expected schedule, destination, and contact information so you know exactly where your teen is.  We do not allow any unaccompanied minors under the age of 16 on Cycle Wild rides. (but if you’re with them, there is no minimum age)
Cycle Wild otherwise has no waivers, no permission slips, etc.  Here’s our deal from a legal perspective: We will try our best to plan and execute a safe trip – and what we ask from you in return is for you to understand that some things are not in our control, that despite all efforts, serious injury could possibly happen, and you agree not to sue us if it does.  It’s a “gentleman’s/gentle lady’s” agreement.  If you can’t agree to that, please do not come on our trips.  By way of full disclosure, in over 50+ trips with 170+ different participants, we’ve had 1 serious crash (one of our board members at high speed on a steep downhill with curves) and 3 minor injuries. (2 on a wet temporary wooden bridge in a construction zone)