Are you looking for the ultimate cycling roads and scenic splendor?
Do you want time to experience the journey and enjoy the destination?
Would you like to stay in the finest accommodations and eat the best local cuisine?
Bikeventures Northwest will provide this and more!
We are a carefree cycling adventure exploring the splendor of Oregon traveling in comfort allowing you to choose you start and finish each day. We’ll meet all your needs on the journey including luxurious accommodations and locally sourced food.
Ride the Cascades and Central Oregon – August 6th to 11th, 2017
This Bikeventures Northwest ride is six days of cycling on roads less traveled along streams, through old growth forests, and across the Cascades. We will explore the landscape, local townspeople and way of life along the route. The ride culminates in the central Oregon high desert.
We depart from Portland on Sunday August 6th and return Friday August 11th. Each day offers distance options of 30 to 60 miles so you can customize the route to optimize your experience and allow time to relax and enjoy both the ride and destination. We travel in a deluxe van that will deliver you to your start and can pick you up at any point along the route. This ensures that we only ride the safest roads with little traffic for the ultimate cycling experience.
Your luggage and bike travels with the van so you will have access to your gear on the ride. A picnic lunch, water, refreshments and snacks will be provided along the route. You are expected to bring your own bike in good working order. However, if you would like, a suitable bike can be provided for an additional charge. Our crew will be able to help with basic maintenance, flat tires and adjustments.
Accommodations are in the finest resorts, historic lodges and bed and breakfasts. Gourmet meals feature locally grown and raised products providing a delicious dining experience. To ensure everyone gets personalized service, the ride is limited to a group of 12.
Six days of cycling from 206 miles to 292 total miles and 7100 feet to 17,100 feet total elevation gain depending on route options. Below is a description of the route and lodging. For more details on the route including maps, profiles, videos and pictures, click here
Day 0 – Saturday night, meet and greet with ride overview
We will gather in Portland Saturday evening at 7:00 PM to meet each other, learn about the ride, answer questions and ensure the group is ready to load bikes and gear at 7:30 AM the next morning.
Day 1 – Estacada to Breitenbush
Option 1: 35 miles and 2500 feet elevation gain
Option 2: 60 miles, 4000 feet elevation gain
🚐 On the first day of the trip we will meet at 7:30 AM in Southeast Portland to load our gear and bikes in the van and leave for Estacada at 8:00 AM where we will start our cycling adventure.
🚴 We’ll ride on the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, starting in Estacada and ending at historic Breitenbush. The ride follows the Clackamas River with native Coho, Chinook and Steelhead in the watersheds for Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson. We pass through ancient forests on our way to Breitenbush where we will spend the night.
🏤 Breitenbush has natural hot spring pools and hot tubs and provides organic vegetarian food. Lodging will be in single or double occupancy cabins.
Day 2 – Marion Forks to Sweet Home
Option 1: 41 miles, 1000 feet of elevation gain
Option 2: 52 miles, 2800 feet of elevation gain
🚐 We will drive through Detroit seventeen miles up Highway 22 to the Quartzville Scenic Byway where the ride begins.
🚴 The first 10 miles of this scenic byway climbs from 2600 feet to over 4000 feet before the 41-mile descent starts. The route includes old growth forests, Quartzville creek and Green Peter and Foster Lake where it ends in Sweet Home.
🚐 Lodging and dining is limited in Sweet Home so we will drive for an hour in the van to Westfir where the ride starts for Day 3.
🏤 We will stay at the delightful and historic Westfir Lodge which is located at the start of the Aufderheide Scenic Bikeway.
Day 3 – Westfir to Rainbow
Option 1: 25 miles, 800 feet of elevation gain
Option 2: 60 miles, 3500 feet of elevation gain
🚴 We start the ride after breakfast from the Westfir Lodge. The lodge is next to the longest covered bridge in the state. We will ride up along the middle fork of the Willamette River to Box Canyon for lunch. From there it’s downhill to Rainbow situated along the scenic McKenzie River. The route has majestic old growth, cascading rivers and passes by Blue River Reservoir.
🚐 🚴 From Rainbow, we drive to Belknap Hot Springs Resort along the McKenzie River. Those that want a longer ride can continue from Rainbow 10 miles to Belknap.
🏤 We will spend the night at Belknap Hot Springs Resort where we can relax and soak in the warm mineral water.
Day 4 – Belknap to Sisters – 38 miles, 4000 feet elevation gain
🚴 We start our ride at Belknap and ride to Sisters on the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. The route is a steady and sometimes steep and is one of the most spectacular roads in Oregon. It showcases forests on both the west and east side of the Cascades as well as lava-rock moonscape. At the top of the pass, a rock house observatory showcases all the Cascade peaks within a 100 miles.
🏤 The ride ends in scenic Sisters where we will stay in luxury cabins at the Five Pines Resort.
Day 5 – Sisters to Smith Rock
Option 1: 37 miles, 1000 feet elevation gain
Option 2: 52 miles, 1500 feet elevation gain
🚴 Starting in Sisters, we follow the Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway. The ride passes historic sites, follows and crosses the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade mountains and ends with a dramatic view of Smith Rocks with the Crooked River at its base. At Smith Rock State Park, we will have lunch, where you can also do some hiking or exploring.
🚴 🚐 After Lunch there is the option to bike 15 miles to Eagle Crest Resort or ride in the van.
🏤 We will be staying at the Eagle Crest Lodge along the Deschutes River.
Day 6 – Madras scenic loop – 30 miles, 1300 feet of elevation gain
🚐 From Eagle Crest, we will drive to Madras where we will start the ride.
🚴 The route follows the Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway through central Oregon with views of seven Cascade peaks and agricultural land. It showcases the basalt palisades above the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers and Lake Billy Chinook.
🚐 After the morning ride we will have lunch in Madras and drive the 120 miles back to Portland. In Portland, we hope you will join the group for a celebratory dinner reliving our epic cycling adventure before heading home.
The price includes all lodging, meals and transportation on this six day cycling adventure. Cost is $2,250 per person double occupancy or $2,600 single occupancy. A fifty percent deposit is due at booking no later than April 1st 2017 and the remainder is due two months prior to the ride on June 6th, 2017.
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Craig Smith, CEO for Bikeventures Northwest, has been a bike enthusiast all his life. He worked with Cycle Oregon on route planning and has participated in bike tours in Oregon and France. His event planning experience includes work with the Portland Saturday Market and the Oregon Country Fair and extensive work in the nonprofit sector. He spent 25 years working in rural Oregon with Rural Development Initiatives as a staff member and the Executive Director. Craig knows the rural communities and leaders, what drives the local economy and what are the challenges and opportunities.