Touring - Help planning a Route!!!!!
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03-13-12, 04:40 PM
Currently planning a 2013 Pacific Crest Trail Through Hike. I am considering adding a bike tour to get to the beginning of the trail. My trip would take me from Hood River, Oregon to Campo CA. about 1200 miles.
I am looking for someone that has toured from WA/OR to Southern CA before and what route they took.
I prefer not to bike on the coast hwy 101. The trip will be in April which means some cold/freezing temps up high. but I will have all my ultralight backpacking gear with me. So I'm fine with all that.
I prefer to stay out of urban areas as much as possible.
Any Ideas? thanks
03-13-12, 04:52 PM
Adventure Cycling has the Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/sierracascades.cfm). It follows and crosses the Pacific Crest Trail. Here's a googlemaps of it (http://www.ziligy.com/googleMaps/displayGPX.html?gpx=SierraCascades.gpx).
03-13-12, 04:53 PM
Guess you need someone in Hood River , that you can leave your bike with,
Warm Showers list may find one.
then Use Amtrak to get you back to Portland, and Bus back to HR.
03-19-12, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the replies.
Im looking for a more direct route rather than a scenic one. I have the beginning of a route planned. I think Im gonna try to stay east of the cascades until the end.
Also I have family in HR.
Gonna mail my bike back to OR from Campo CA, hike up the PCT to canada then have someone ship my bike up there and bike back to Hood River Oregon.
If you are planning on staying east of the Cascades (and Sierras, I assume), then you will have to create your own route.
Understandably, all the popular Pacific Coast routes follow the coast, as the views are spectacular.
Frankly, unless you have a strong reason for doing so, I'd recommend following the Pacific Coast route, which goes along Highway 101/1 all the way down to San Diego. From there, it should be easy to get to Campo.
03-19-12, 10:45 AM
It may be a better idea to ship your bike from San Diego, then take rural bus 894 to Campo/Lake Morena for $10.
http://www.transitunlimited.org/MTS_bus_routes (routes subject to change!)
If it were up to me and I had to stay off the coast, maybe I'd try a N-S highway just east of the Coast Ranges, such as the 101 route south of San Francisco and north of Santa Maria, then cut east on Hwy 166 heading toward Ft. Tejon and Gorman on the Grapevine Summit. From there, one can head toward the Mojave Desert, maybe Anza Borrego State Park, and pick a route to San Diego from there.
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