August 16th-17th primitive bike camping



Picture of a stream

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


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:
Please note: This is NOT a Cycle Wild trip.

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
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:


Stub Stewart camping – Pedalpalooza edition – June 14-15


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!


Milo McIver April 26-27: beginner- and family-friendly bike camping

Milo McIver, photo by Urban Adventure League
Milo McIver, photo by Urban Adventure League

Pack your bags, pack your family, and join Cycle Wild for our first camping trip of the year!

There are perhaps easier bike camping trips in the Metro area, but Milo McIver State Park is certainly beginner friendly. If you ride a bike with some regularity this should be do-able. If you’re a seasoned bike camper, you’re welcome too, but this trip is ideal for beginners and families.

Milo McIver is located on the Clackamas River by lovely Estacada, Oregon. The park has miles of hiking paths, swimming in the Clackamas (bring your swimsuit!), and a couple of awesome disc golf courses (bring your discs, too!).

We’ve reserved the group campsite at Milo McIver, so there should be plenty of room to spread out. We are requiring pre-registration via Eventbrite. We will collect $6 per person at registration (+$1.14 in Eventbrite processing fees). If it turns out that there’s a surplus (after the site and firewood are paid for) it can either be refunded or put into the Cycle Wild Reservation Fund.

There will be a communal campfire, but you are responsible for your own food, cooking, and camping equipment. There will be a grocery stop about a mile from the campground.

To accommodate those on cargo, or otherwise oversized, bikes and for those who just might want to ride all the way, we’ll have 2 meeting places, one you can pedal to, and one you can reach by public transit.

The route is about 20 miles from Gresham to the campground.
Route here:

If you have questions, please contact your fearless ride leaders, <a href=””>Ryan Good</a> and <a href=””>Andy Schmidt</a>.

Hope you can join us!

May 3-4: Thunder Island camping at Cascade Locks


Come join Cycle Wild May 3rd & 4th for a brand new bike camping adventure out to Cascade Locks. Why is it new you ask???

#1: Newly 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: Bike beside 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. Bring extra cash for firewood!). 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 newly opened 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 and 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.)

This trip is capped at 25 people. Register online via Eventbrite to get in on the island camping joy!

Questions? Please contact ride leaders Paul Zavitkovski and Lance Poehler.

Thanks and we hope you can join us.

Our 2014 camping schedule!

The long-awaited time is here–Cycle Wild’s camping schedule for 2014! We’re really excited about this year’s schedule–we’ll be camping at some new locations and some old favorites. There are a few dates that still need to be ironed out, and we hope to add 1 or 2 mid-week overnight trips, too. We will update this schedule as that is decided. We hope you can join us for some camping this year!

Each trip will be individually advertised, and require registration through Eventbrite. So stick these dates in your calendar, and keep your eye on the website/Facebook/e-mail list for more details about each trip!

Date Location Difficulty Notes
April 26-27 Milo McIver beginner Kid/Family-Friendly
May 3-4 Thunder Island/Cascade Locks intermediate check out island camping and the new brewery in town!
May 24-26 Silver Falls intermediate Memorial Day weekend, group site reserved for up to 25
June 14-15 Stub Stewart beginner Pedalpalooza beginner’s trip
July 4-6 Big Bottom wilderness advanced July 4th weekend, primitive camping
July 26-27 Panther Creek (WA) advanced  PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
August 16-17 Mt. St. Helen’s area advanced
August 30-September 1 Cape Lookout intermediate-advanced Labor Day, option of Hwy 6 or Little Nestucca River Road
September 19-21 Columbia River Gorge intermediate 3-day mini-tour
late August or September Eastern Oregon advanced Annual trip, 1-2 weeks, details tba. Contact
if you know you are interested!


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