Pacific Northwest - Reedsport to Eugene Any advice?
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06-16-08, 09:05 PM
My wife and I are riding a loop ride in August the southern part of which is Reedsport to Eugene. I haven't been able to find any journals of anyone who has ridden the back roads thru there. We'd like to camp on the way. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you, Greg
From Reedsport take Smith River Road to Oxbow Pass, to Siuslaw River, Wolf Creek Road, then Crow Road into Eugene. There are no services or stores along this route (also no traffic), so take everything you need when you leave Reedsport. There are a few good camp spots along the way, it's a beautiful ride, but remote.
Heres the map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=1092840
06-18-08, 09:04 AM
When you get Eugene you could also take Crow to the Fern Ridge Pathway to get into town. That would have been my choice when I lived in town because Lorane was in such bad shape and you get a tail wind coming in on the path. Maybe they repaved Lorane in the last couple years though.
06-18-08, 09:50 AM
Thanks for the route. After coming down the coast I'm sure 'no traffic' will be appreciated. When you say campsites are they campgrounds or just good spots to rough camp?.
There are 2 developed campgrounds on Smith River Road, one at Smith River Falls, and Vincent Creek. There are several undeveloped camp sites on Siuslaw River, you'll need to treat water here with filter or boiling. There are also undeveloped campsites on Wolf Creek, after you go over the big climb on Wolf Creek Road.
Magicnumber is correct, you can stay on Crow Road instead of turning right on Erickson Road. On Crow, when you get to the stop light at highway 126, go straight, over the RR tracks then into the park just past the RR crossing. The bike path starts here and goes to downtown Eugene.
02-27-09, 07:32 PM
Hey thanks for this route shifty. I'm thinking of taking off from Springfield & taking hwy 36 to Mapleton, then take sweet creek road from mapleton down to where it hooks up with the north fork of the smith river rd. The problem is that it doesn't exactly. There are what appear to be about 15 miles of Forest Service road. Have to wonder if that is paved. Guess i should call the Ranger station & ask.
I'm thinking of doing it in 3 days 2 nights. This would be my first ever over-nighter on a bicycle. I'm all outfitted for backpacking so I think i could make it work if i strap my bag to my rear rack and split the rest between a day pack, my backpacking front pack, and my pannier.
Looks like about 150 miles in 3 days. So maybe 4-5 hrs a day total saddle time.
Here is the route i'm thinking of (i just added to your original one): http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2593409
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