Lincoln City, OR: any cool places to ride?
The topic pretty much says it all. I actually, currently live in socal but have family that moved up to Lincoln City a few years back & i may end up moving up there soon to be with them. I've been through the Oregon Coast many times(although in a car) & wondered about trails, where people ride their bikes, etc. It was kind of weird to because if I recall correctly, I didn't see any cyclists riding along Coast Hwy up there, yet Coast Hwy down here in San Diego county has cyclists riding through most of the day.
I know a little about the area from vacations and previous Oregon Coast tours. I vacation at Pacific City every year. Pacific is just a bit north of Lincoln City.
I think the best rides in terms of relatively low traffic levels are found inland. Riding up and down 101 daily would get old in a hurry.
I make it a point to ride the Three Capes Loop when I visit. This takes you through Pacific City (Cape Kiwanda), Cape Lookout, Oceanside and Cape Mears. There's a short loop not to be missed at Nestucca Bay ... I usually spot seals and the bay really sparkles with reflected sun light. Living in a desert, I really enjoy riding tree covered roads.
In between Lincoln City and Pacific City there's a nice climb just south of Neskowin. There is a county road that parallels 101 over this climb so you don't have to ride with the traffic.
Also, I have ridden inland a little from Pacific City. This is vague. The HWY 22 exit also accesses a county road. I think it makes for a nice ride. I've always wanted to try HWY22 itself, but I haven't quite got to it.
You couldn't pay me enough to ride 101 from the Pacific City exit to Tillamook ... too many cars and no shoulder.
The Oregon coast route is one of the heaviest traveled cycle routes in the US, at least in the summer.
Originally Posted by CycloBlaster
Here is a link to the current Oregon coast cycling map:
As far as Lincoln City, the previous poster listed out some good rides north of L/C. A fellow cyclist & I did the Otis area, north around Cascade Head to Neskowin, north a ways, then out to the ocean front at Pacific City, north to Cape Lookout and up to the top of it (about a 3 mile grade). We turned around there and headed back to the north end of L/C.
South of L/C is Newport (where I live). We have a somewhat active bicycle club here, Yaquina Wheels. See our web site at:
We have a number of rides out of Newport, one up 101 to L/C and back, and 2 or 3 nice ones inland, and
then south on 101 to Waldport and/or Yachats.
Our club just put on a metric century/full century back on August 19. The maps are on our web site. Out of 100 miles, only about 20 of it is on 101. For the metric century, only about 3 miles is.
Riding 101 is not as bad as the previous poster indicates, but in the summer it can be a bit tricky at times. The shoulders between here and L/C are pretty good, but there's the usual glass, gravel, etc. in places. Last Sunday, I did 40 miles from my house up to Salishan (a few miles south of L/C) and back, and it was a nice ride.
For some pictures of the area, see:
If you get to the area, check in at our LBS: