Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: portland, or
Bikes: surly crosscheck, yeti 575, salsa moto rapido, kona ute
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The McKenzie River is an excellent place to bike and camp. There are so many places you can camp along the river... Just look for one of the many camping areas off the side of the road (HWY 126). Or, there are also many unofficial camp spots down the logging roads off the highway. My favorite area to stay is at Blue River Reservoir, which is about 45 min. east of Eugene. There are nice developed camp spots there, and also nice undeveloped spots further past the reservoir. The trail follows the river for many miles just west of Blue River. The reservoir is perfect for swimming, bridge jumping, etc.... Can't really beat that!!
My other favorite place is North Umpqua River. Very similar to McKenzie, but even more isolated. This is East of Roseburg. Very magical place, IMO the most beautiful forest in Oregon. The trail is very long, and follows the river more or less. So you can choose which sections to ride, and lots of camping areas around there. There is a great hot spring on a cliff overlooking the North Umpqua:
Any more questions, feel free to ask! Camping and mountainbiking in Oregon are two of my favorite things to do!