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Old 06-09-09, 12:56 PM   #1
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Camping along Oregon hwy 202?

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My partner and I are in the middle of a bike tour, in Portland right now and heading to Astoria in a few days. We're planning to go via the Banks-Vernonia trail and then along highway 202. It looks like a really nice route. The only problem is that we tend to be relatively slow on our (heavily loaded) bikes, averaging about 40 miles per day so far, which means we are going to have to do the route in a couple of days. I have a set of maps that says we can camp at Big Eddy County Park but after that it looks pretty empty.

We don't mind camping in the woods or in some empty spot off the highway but we would rather not do it if there are bears in the woods. It looks like a lot of forest and mountain and not much else once you get past Birkenfeld or so. Can you tell me what we're going to find along this highway?

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There are several places to camp between Mist and Jewell along 202. The nicer spots are around Jewell, plus there are small stores on both places, at least a couple years ago before the floods a couple years ago. It's a beautiful way to get to the coast, enjoy!

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The map I have says 'no services' in Jewell. When you say places to camp, are these just grassy areas along the highway, or what?

The biggest thing we're worried about is attracting wild animals at night. If we were to camp in Jewell what would we find?
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You shouldn't have to worry about animals in that area, to be safe hang your food high in a tree if you'd feel better. The place I stayed was just near Jewell, it was a campground with a few tables just off the road. It was maybe a BLM camp spot, but not much of anything really, but it worked.
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