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Winter Cabin Camping: Stub Stewart State Park, December 6-7

(Spoiler: this trip requires you to register. You can do that here.)

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Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of your camping season! Join Cycle Wild on December 6th and 7th for some hearty winter camping at Stub Stewart State Park. Yes, we will be staying in cabins, so you can look forward to a dry roof over your head at the end of the ride.

This is a great ride for people curious about camping in the off-season. Since we’ll be staying in cabins, it’s an excellent introduction to the logistics of a colder trip, without having to worry about being wet all night — no tent required, though you will need to bring your own bedding.

The route is also beginner-friendly, clocking in around 21 miles one way, with half of that spent on the lovely and car-free Banks-Vernonia Trail. We’ll have experienced leaders in both the front and back with a no-biker-left-behind policy, and we will stop to regroup if necessary. Once we get there, Stub Stewart State Park has hiking trails, biking trails, and disc golf, if you’re into winter hiking, biking, or disc golf. Or relax in our warm and cozy cabins with the other awesome people sure to come with us.

Cabins sleep five and we have three of them reserved. Likely we will designate one as the stay-up-late cabin and one as the get-up-early cabin, just to make sure everyone’s happy:)

This trip costs $15 to cover the price of the cabins. And as there are only a certain number of beds, registration is required–register here. We’ll have a wait list if more people are interested than the number of spots available.

You are responsible for your own food, cookware, sleeping bag, toiletries, and anything else you could possibly want. And if you have a fun board game, bring that too:) As always, you can find suggested packing lists on our site, or contact us. Your fearless ride leaders (all three of them!) Are Ed Groth, Ryan Good, and Stasia Honnold, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have. We’ll give out more details to registered riders closer to the date of the trip.

Escape your normal life for a weekend and come join us for a cozy time in the wintery woods!

Columbia Gorge mini-tour, September 19-21

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*Please note, the original post had incorrect days listed in the description. This trip is Friday through Sunday.*

Let’s explore this gorgeous local treasure together! Come with us on a 3-day, 2-night trip along both sides of the Columbia River.
Friday we’ll ride eastbound on the Washington side – 60 miles with about 3800′ of elevation gain. We’ll stay in the beautiful Home Valley campground, very near the Columbia River Gorge. We’ll also be very near Stevenson, Washington, with Walking Man Brewing and other restaurants. Saturday we ride over the Bridge of the Gods, into Cascade Locks and then east to Viento State Park – 34 miles with 6000′ of climbing. Sunday we’ll ride back to Portland (or the MAX in Gresham) along the Historic Columbia River Highway for 67 miles (or 56 to the MAX).

This is an intermediate rated trip due to the distance on days 1 and 3, and the amount of climbing on day 2. There will be lots of places to eat and/or buy groceries along the way.

The estimated cost for camping and firewood both nights is $20. (Extra money can be refunded to campers at the end of the trip, or contributed to the campsite reservation fund.) Our start location will be e-mailed to folks who register via Eventbrite. If you are unable to payonline using PayPal, please contact the leaders and we’ll figure something out.

A final note: Cycle Wild discourages the use of personal automobiles for all our trips. This is especially true since we will be staying in a hiker/biker site, and we should respect that campsite’s intended use for people arriving by bike or foot. Please help us respect this use and our purpose by riding/taking public transit for this and all our trips.

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Labor Day trip to Cape Lookout (via Nestucca) – Aug 30 – Sept 1

We are again going to Cape Lookout State Park for Labor Day! Cape Lookout has a really fantastic hiker/biker site, just a few yards from the ocean. There is lots to explore along the beach, and a hiking trail that goes up to Cape Lookout itself. We will ride out Saturday, August 30th, spend Sunday as a rest day at camp, and ride back Monday, September 1st.

Cycle Wild is leading a group via Nestucca River Road. This is an advanced trip–one-way mileage is 85 miles with 5000′ of elevation gain. But in return, you get a beautiful route that runs along the Nestucca River, with almost no cars for nearly 50 miles! Register for this trip here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cape-lookout-labor-day-camping-via-nestucca-tickets-12621149197

The hiker/biker site has potable water and a nearby port-a-potty, and the nearby regular camping loop has hot showers and flush toilets. Camping is $5/person, payable upon arrival. Firewood is also for sale–bring a few dollars cash to pitch in for a group fire.

Highway 6: Folks are welcome to join us at Cape Lookout’s hiker/biker campsite by riding out Highway 6. We will provide you with a route, but there is no leader for the Highway 6 route, and all riders taking this route are responsible for themselves. This is still an intermediate route, with one-way mileage of 70 miles with 2800′ of elevation gain. Another option folks could try is taking the Tillamook Wave bus out to Tillamook, and riding the last 12 miles to camp. Please note: the Wave does not run on Labor Day, so you will still have to ride your bike home.

If you will be joining us at camp via Hwy 6 or the Wave, please do not use Eventbrite to register. This is only for people riding the Nestucca River route.

A final note: Cycle Wild discourages the use of personal automobiles for all our trips. This is especially true since we will be staying in a hiker/biker site, and we should respect that campsite’s intended use for people arriving by bike or foot. Please help us respect this use and our purpose by riding/taking public transit for this and all our trips.

August 16th-17th primitive bike camping

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/primitive-hike-and-bike-camping-exploration-trip-tickets-12413098913

 

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We’re going camping and riding gravel roads in the Mt. Hood National Forest!

This is an exploration trip, we’re going to scout out a neat place to camp somewhere near Zigzag.

Interested in bikepacking but a bit overwhelmed by the idea?  Now’s your perfect chance to try it out. Although fatter tires and lighter gear will be nice, it’s not required.

Please keep in mind dispersed camping means there are no pit toilets, no showers, and no electrical outlets.  This is really roughing it, but with an easy out back to an established campground if things get dicey for anyone.

The ride will be about 45 miles with 3,800ft of climbing
Dates: Saturday, August 16th through Sunday, August 17th
Departure Time: Arrive by 8:00 AM, Leaving 8:30AM SHARP
Departure location:Gresham (registered riders will recieve start location)
Arrival back in Gresham: late evening Sunday

 

Panther Creek, WA camping – August 2nd-3rd

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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 the 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 49 miles, with around 3,000′ of total elevation gain. Because of the mileage, this will be an intermediate to advanced trip.

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

Our starting location will be given out to folks who register via Eventbrite. If you are unable to pay online using PayPal, please contact the leaders, and we’ll figure something out.

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

Midweek Camping: Cold Creek CG (Yacolt Burn SF), Tues 1 July-Wed 2 July

Please note: This trip is NOT a Cycle Wild trip, but one led by our friends over at the Urban Adventure League. This one is definitely an “advanced” level excursion, due to the distance/elevation change to be encountered, gravel roads, and campgrounds with lack of services.

This is a two day, one night trip, from Tuesday July 1 to Wednesday July 2. It would involve scraping the very west edge of Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The proposed campsite is Cold Creek in the Yacolt Burn State Forest (Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)), back-up locations would be Sunset campground in Gifford (USFS), or Rock Creek (Yacolt Burn SF-Wash DNR). The DNR stuff is free, you have to pay for Sunset (but Ron is there, of course.) Neither offer water (filter it!) or firewood (bring a hatchet), but they will both be rustic. And the East Fork Lewis River is the hidden gem of the area. It’s not the Clackamas River, but still something to see.
The return on Wednesday will be via “the hard way” through Yacolt Burn State Forest into Camas. This routing uses some gravel, which may be rough, but this route is less steep than the mostly paved option. And we’d see the Washougal River on the return.
Going up to Cold Creek via Battle Ground means an easier day the first day to warm up, then the next day starts with about a 1,000 foot climb then a nice descent back down towards sea level.
Here is the proposed routing to Cold Creek.
And the proposed return routing.
Proposed departure on Tuesday is 10 am.
If you are interested in going, please get in touch with the Urban Adventure League:
urbanadventureleague@gmail.com
Please note: This is NOT a Cycle Wild trip.
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Midweek Pedalpalooza Camping: Oxbow, 17-18 June

Hello folks! I’m leading another midweek camping trip during Pedalpalooza this year. It’s to Oxbow Park on the Sandy River on Tuesday June 17th. I’m limiting the trip to 15 people for now. This ride is ideal for those of us who don’t have a typical Mon-Fri 9-5 schedule, but the short distance of the ride (around 10 miles) means that even those that do work “regular hours” could make it out after work on Tuesday and get into work on/near time on Wednesday. To note: I don’t need to be back to Portland until later afternoon, so those who don’t need to rush don’t have to!

Here’s the deets:

Tuesday June 17
MIDWEEK BIKE CAMPING (S240) TO OXBOW
TBA (Meeting at a Gresham MAX stop, you will get full details when you register)
5:00pm meetup, Depart MAX at 5:30pm, return to PDX late morning

Whether you’re “funemployed” or can get off work a little early, a quick little weekday camping excursion is a lot of fun. A 10 mile ride (approx.) from the MAX in Gresham to Oxbow on the Sandy. Moderate traffic/terrain. We should get there before dark, but remember bike lights. You can probably make it to work on time Wednesday! Campsites $22/night, divvied up appropriately. Bring all the things you would need for an overnight camping trip. Previous bike camping experience recommended. Grocery stop in Gresham. Limited to 15 people, register here: http://oxbowjune2014s24o.eventbrite.com/

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL CYCLE WILD EVENT.

Stub Stewart camping – Pedalpalooza edition – June 14-15

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Join Cycle Wild June 14th and 15th on our next bike camping trip to Stub Stewart State Park! This is a great trip for beginner and experienced bike campers alike–one of the ride leaders will even be bringing her adorable dog. The one-way mileage is only around 21 miles–half on low-car country roads, and half 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.

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. Eventbrite registration is required - register here. The cost per person is $10 plus fees, which covers our reserved campsite costs, as well as firewood. Campers are responsible for their own food and cookware, tent or hammock, and other camping supplies. Check out our sample packing list and other resources on this site. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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

Your fearless leaders for this trip are Erinne Goodell and Ryan Good. Hope you can join us!

Silver Falls Memorial Day camping!

Join Cycle Wild for our Memorial Day weekend trip to lovely Silver Falls State Park! Silver Falls is the largest park in the Oregon State Park system, and has the amazing Trail of Ten Waterfalls, a 2 mile hiking trail of unparalleled scenic beauty.

This ride is intermediate to advanced. It is around 60 miles one way–the first 50-some are relatively flat, but the last 10 miles have a 1500′ climb from Silverton to the park. BUT, once we make it to the park, we have one whole day to explore before returning. We’ll leave Saturday morning, and return Monday afternoon. We have group site B reserved, which allows up to 25 people.

The cost for camping is $12 (plus Eventbrite fees). This will cover both the cost of the campsite, and firewood. Depending on how many campers we have, we might have extra to either refund or devote to Cycle Wild’s campsite reservation fund.

Register for the ride here!

Your ride leaders for this trip are Ed Groth and Ryan Good.

Hope to see you there!