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!


Justin gives his opinion on the weekend

Bike Touring 102: Planning and Strategies. Wednesday April 2.

Hey folks, after teaching a few Bike Touring 101 workshops, we realize that some of you want something more. Some of you have experience, but just want more help in the planning process. So we’ve decided to craft a workshop around that. Here are the details:

Have you toured before, or are planning a bicycle tour? Do you need help to “connect the dots” and figure out the finer points of routing and logistics? Join us to learn more about how to make your tour come together. We’ll have a bunch of maps, but feel to bring your own. We’ll also have to time to work on a route of your own. PLEASE NOTE that this not a “basic” bicycle touring workshop.

Suggested donation of $3-10. Anyone who donates $5 or higher will get a copy of the Cycle Touring Primer, a $3 value.

Prerequisites: A basic bike touring workshop (like Bike Touring 101), previous touring experience, or equivalent.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited to six people.

This workshop will happen on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm in the Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Midweek Camping to Ainsworth SP, 18-19 March

Vista House at Crown Point


PLEASE NOTE: This camping trip is not an “official” camping trip, but is being put on my myself, Shawn.

Right now the weather looks to be decent, dry and highs in the upper 50s F. What better time than now? And Ainsworth State Park out in the Columbia Gorge has just opened for the season!

There are THREE TWO options for departure for this one!

  1. Team Morning (10 am)
  2. Team Afternoon (3 pm)
  3. Team Whenever (whenever)

Whichever one you choose, please RSVP me via the comments below or email to let me know if you are coming and if so, which departure option you are choosing.

Team Morning: Meet at the Cleveland Ave MAX Station (east end of the line for the Blue Line) at 10 am, Tuesday March 18. We’ll be departing from the station at 10:30 am. FOR THOSE OF YOU TAKING THE MAX OUT TO GRESHAM, we’ll wait for the Blue Line MAX  that arrives at 10:31 am. It leaves:

  • Pioneer Square at 9:40 am
  • Rose Quarter TC at 9:52 am
  • Hollywood TC at 9:59 am
  • Gateway TC at 10:06 am

UPDATE 3/17: Since there was limited interest in Team Morning,it is no longer an official option. If you are still interested in an AM-ish departure, please get in touch.

Team Afternoon: Same details as above, but meeting at 3 pm and departing at 3:30 pm. MAX to get there on time leaves:

  • Pioneer Square at 2:39 pm
  • Rose Quarter TC at 2:52 pm
  • Hollywood TC at 2:56 pm
  • Gateway TC at 3:06 pm

Team Whenever: I feel this one is self-explanatory.

From there it’s about 25 miles to Ainsworth. We’ll stop at Women’s Forum/Chanticleer Point, Vista House/Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and other points if we want. As for supply options, we are NOT going to be stopping at a true grocery store or cafe on the way.  We WILL stop at the country store in Corbett, which will be the best “stock up” option. Crown Point/Vista House serves coffee and has a few snacks, and Multnomah Falls has a larger snack bar, espresso stand, and fancy sit-down restaurant.

We hope to get one or two of the “walk-in” campsites at Ainsworth. They are located on the left when entering. Sites are $13, divided up x ways.

A good overall route map can be found here:


Bike Touring 101/Bike Camping 101, March 4-5

bikecampingathorsethieflakeblackwhiteYes, I know, this is sort of short notice, but that whole snow thing wrecked our schedules! But with spring on its way (for real!), now is a perfect time to think, plan, scheme, and talk about upcoming bike camping and touring adventures. We’ll be having TWO great back-to-back workshops in March, both workshops led by Cycle Wild board members Shawn Granton and Ed Groth!

First we’ll be having our Bicycle Touring 101 on Tuesday, March 4th. This will go over the things more specific to touring, like planning, and cost as well as day-to-day life on the road.

Then we’ll be having our Bike Camping 101 workshop on Wednesday, March 5th. We’ll be talking about the basics of two-wheeled camping: gear, where to camp, finding others to camp with, and many other tips.

Because both topics deserve a lot of time, please come to both if you are interested in both. We’re not going to talk much about bike camping during the touring workshop and vice versa. And asking a bunch of questions about bike camping during the touring workshop (or vice versa) will prevent us from talking about the topic on hand.

BOTH workshops are free. BOTH workshops start at 7pm on their respective dates, and will go on for at least two hours. BOTH workshops will take place in the basement of Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave in the historic Hollywood District.

Hope to see you there!

Please let us know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Cycle Wild Happy Hour & Picio ‘Preciation: Friday Jan 24

Matt Picio, co-founder of of Cycle Wild, has lovingly donated much of his free time in the past five years to Cycle Wild’s trips, classes, advocacy, maps, and paper-pushing. He’s stepping down from the board to focus on other projects (and to plan a wedding!) So let’s give him a proper sendoff – Cycle Wild style – surround by bikes and with some delicious beer!

Cycle Wild Happy Hour & Picio ‘Preciation
Friday, 1/24 6PM
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave

We’ll also have a short sneak preview presentation of our new membership structure, and current board members will be available to talk to new potential board members and ride leaders. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering your time, our board is the best board. (No bias there at all, clearly.)

Hope to see you there!

Can you believe this is December?
December 4th – Champoeg

From the Depths: Portland to Eugene Memorial Day Weekend 2011 trip recap

Editors Note: This ride report somehow languished in the drafts folder here for almost three years. This tour happened over Memorial Day 2011. But anything to read about bike touring during these dismal days are better than nothing, right?

Nate who joined us for the Eugene ride on his second Cycle Wild trip, wrote a short recap of our adventure. An edited version of it is below. Here’s a picture of Nate:

Nate and the Coburg Hills: Eugene Cycle Wild Trip

On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend at 7:30ish in the morning, seven gear-laden cycles and their riders met at the Clackamas Town Center stop at the end of the green line. After a short speech from our ride leader, Lillian, we were given cue sheets and got on the road.

Our route followed the I-205 bike path down to Oregon City, where we crossed a river and climbed the meanest, shortest hill of the trip. (Two of our riders actually took the Oregon City elevator part way up the hill!) Oregon City passed quickly, and we found ourselves on rolling hills surrounded by sparse homes, lots of trees, and the occasional scent of cow. After a brief lunch and the second of many repair stops on the trip in Canby (and meeting up with our eighth trip member) we continued to roll south through very similar terrain under an unexpectedly sunny sky into Silverton, where we were treated like kings and queens at the wonderful bike shop in town (we needed more repairs.)

Lauren and Bill Crest the Hill

The bike shop even had ramps in the parking lot for doing BMX tricks! We ended the day in Scio, where the group was able to stay under the good graces of a contact we found on www.warmshowers.org (there’s a severe campground lack in that part of the Willamette Valley). Our host, who has crossed the country by bicycle twice at seventy years old, was very generous, providing us with delicious pasta and salad for dinner, a floor to camp on (two campers set up their tents in the backyard, but the floor looked pretty comfy to the rest of us).

The Whole Group in Scio!

Day two featured a little climbing early in the day, but became a mostly flat ride with gorgeous views of the Willamette river valley, greenery all around us.
Ed Riding Through Grassland

This flatness was appreciated particularly by one of our number, who heroically rode the whole way on a single speed with a basket on the front. We observed miles and miles of grass farms, and coasted into Eugene in the evening, where we stayed at an urban eco-village in town. Once we settled in, we immediately found our way to the Pizza Research Institute where we happily stuffed our faces. After winding down, and a good nights rest, the group went separate ways in the morning, with some folks busing back, some riding the train, and one workhorse riding all the way back in one day.

This trip was strangely full of technical problems. The first day saw a minor fall, a flat, a nearly broken front derailleur cable, a broken pedal and a saddle that needed replacing. The second day saw a problematic kickstand, and two flats in the last mile. However, despite all of these problems, we were hardly slowed. Through the help of two bike shops, a gracious host, and each other, we managed to bike ourselves all the way to Portland to Eugene, and have fun doing it.

A Nuclear Free Zone: Eugene

See even more pictures from the ride at Flickr.

Battle Ground cabin camping is FULL, but there is a waiting list.

Well, that was fast. Battle Ground Lake is FULL! In just a day we filled up the twenty available spots.

If you are still interested in going, despair not! There is a WAITING LIST on our Eventbrite page.

Please sign up on the waiting list if you are interested. If you sign up for the waiting list and a spot becomes available due to a cancellation, you will be notified and will have 48 hours to register and pay to secure a spot.

One of the cabins at Battle Ground Lake.

Battle Ground Lake Cabin Camping: 8-9 Feb 2014

For our February overnight camping trip, we’ll be traversing the wilds of Clark County, Washington to head to the cabins at Battle Ground Lake State Park!

The ride will leave Portland on Saturday, February 8th. We’ll ride about 25 miles (40 km) to Battle Ground Lake, using a mix of shoulderless rural roads with low traffic, bike lanes, bike routes through residential neighborhoods, and bike paths. There will be a few small hills that can be steep for short distances, but nothing major. Cycle Wild classifies this as an “Easy” route, but remember there are a couple hills and some busy stretches.

The route from Cascades MAX to Battle Ground Lake: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1435630

The route back: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/933890

We’ll be “camping” in Battle Ground Lake’s rustic cabins! Cabins feature electric light, heat, and power outlets. Each cabin sleeps five, three in the bunk bed (one on the top, two on the bottom bunk) and two on the foldout futon. (Couples get priority, but singles may end up sharing a bed depending on how it all works out.) All you need to bring is bedding: sleeping bag and “pillow”. If you choose to cook, you’ll need to bring your own stove. (Please note: cooking is NOT allowed in the cabin, but you can cook on the picnic table in front of the cabin.)
There are showers. As with any Washington State Park campgrounds that has a shower, they require quarters. Bring about $2.50 in quarters with you if you like long showers.
Meet at Cascade Station MAX Stop (Red Line) at 10am Saturday morning (Feb 8). We leave the MAX station at 10:30am. Estimated riding time to the park is 3 hours, plus a 30-45 minute stop at Safeway in east Vancouver to grab food for the trip. (There is also other restaurant options in the Safeway plaza, including a Burgerville.)

We’ll return to Portland during the day on Sunday February 10. It’s become customary for some riders to stop in the town of Battle Ground and have lunch at the Laurelwood Brewery. 

If you want to come on this trip, please READ CAREFULLY:

  • We have reserved all four cabins. At five people per cabin, this means the maximum attendance for the trip is twenty (20) people. We will have a waiting list if we go over.
  • We are “charging” up front for this trip. Please keep in mind the fees collected are towards the cost of cabin plus reservation and processing fees. Cycle Wild is NOT charging to make a profit.
  • The fee per person will be $20, plus the $1.49 service fee for Eventbrite. Please note this is an estimation, the per person fee can be as low as $16. If it is, we will refund the difference at the campground. You can waive this refund (if there is one), though you can’t get the $1.49 Eventbrite fee refunded. Any waived refund funds count as a donation to Cycle Wild’s Reservation Fund.
  • Please notify the organizer ASAP if you need to cancel. If there is anyone on the waiting list, they will be contacted in the order they signed up and will be given 48 hours to pay for a spot on the trip. After the 48 hours the open spot will go to the next person on the list. If no one on the waiting list takes your spot, you must find another person to take your place in order to get refunded.
  • If you cancel and there is no waiting list, you must find another person to take your place in order to get refunded.
  • No refunds for no shows.
Please sign up via Eventbrite. You must pay in full to sign up. You can ask us questions via the comments below, but don’t ask us to “save you a spot”.

UPDATE 7 Jan 2014: Well, that was fast. Battle Ground Lake is FULL! In just a day we filled up the twenty available spots.

If you are still interested in going, despair not! There is a WAITING LIST on our Eventbrite page.

Please sign up on the waiting list if you are interested. If you sign up for the waiting list and a spot becomes available due to a cancellation, you will be notified and will have 48 hours to register and pay to secure a spot.

Matt Picio.

An open letter from Matt Picio, co-founder of Cycle Wild

Hi all,

This is a bit of a bittersweet announcement, but after 5 years at the helm of Cycle Wild, I’ve decided to step down. Officially as of December 15th, I resigned as President and board member of Cycle Wild. This decision was made with a lot of forethought, and with the knowledge and consent of the board. Erinne Goodell is the interim President until the next board meeting is held and a new President elected by the board.

I’m sure some of you would like to know why I’m leaving. There are many reasons – work constraints, a wedding coming up, and less time to commit to the cause are the main ones, but also because the current board has a lot of great ideas to improve the organization, and my stepping down frees the board to make those decisions and improvements without having to worry about what I would do. Cycle Wild as an organization is growing and evolving, and needs the ideas and work to make that happen – and the best thing founder can do is know when it’s time to step aside and let others work. That time is now, and I have every confidence that Cycle Wild will continue to be an awesome organization.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the five years we’ve been doing this. Cycle Wild has introduced more than 200 people to bike camping on more than 50 individual camping trips. Cycle Wild has successfully made camping by bike accessible to everyone, and as inclusive as possible as well as a friendly environment for families, people of all ages and skill levels, and for absolute beginners to the thrill of hauling everything out to the woods on one’s bicycle. We’ve successfully lobbied for bike improvements to state parks, worked with local, state and federal agencies to promote and maintain access to bike camping, and given input to stakeholder groups, agencies, and local communities on how to build better bike facilities, promote bicycle tourism, and make camping by bike more convenient, more available, and more accessible.

The current board: Co-founder Tomas Quinones, acting President Erinne Goodell, Lillian Karabaic, Ed Groth, and Shawn Granton are all community bike rockstars with years of biking and camping experience who will propel Cycle Wild forward and continue and improve on this legacy. They’ve been major drivers in our previous success, and I’m confident that they’ll come up with awesome activities and programs that I never could.

Thanks for a great ride – I will still see many of you on those Cycle Wild events which my schedule allows me to attend, and at other events in the bike community. Also, a little bird has told me that there will be an upcoming Happy Hour at Velocult which you should all consider attending. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to encourage you all to go camping by bike!

Best regards,
-Matt Picio

reconnecting people with nature via the bicycle