Hi there! I live in Boise, and I'd like to look into a bike route that goes from Boise Idaho to Portland, preferably along the Coulmbia River for at least some of the way, while also staying off of the busiest freeways is at all possible. Can anybody provide some information on this? If theres a travelogue or online guide or something that somebody knows about, I'd love to see it.
I've done the the route from Portlanf to Ontario, but headed along Payette River to Horseshoe - I'm sure you can get from Boise to Ontario.
From Ontario - Take US 26 West to Dayville - it connects with a short stretch of the TransAm.
7 Miles W of Dayville - Take Ore 19 North to Condon
From Condon - Take Ore 206 Northwest to Wasco
From Wasco - Take US 97 North across Columbia
(I prefer riding on the Washington side of the Columbia - much quieter.)
From Columbia Crossing - Take Wash 14 West to Vancouver
Take I-205 bridge rather than I-5 in Portland metro area
There's a bike trail along the river on the Oregon side.
Hey, I'm also in Boise. Before I ever came to live here I rode the bikecentennial trail from Portland to Baker City. Very nice route, I can give you more information on it if you decide not to follow the Columbia.
I went up the Columbia last August, in the opposite direction you are proposing - it is SERIOUSLY windy there - not in your direction of travel. It's a world famous wind surfing/kite boarding location.
Oh. It's super windy through the gorge, especially if you're going westbound. I hadn't thought of that! Well then, can anybody suggest an alternate route? What about going from Boise to Eugene? And what is this Bikecentennial Trail of which you speak?
The Bikecentennial Trail is old as dirt - i.e. - 1976 - a bunch of people cycled across the country. It's a series of highways chosen for scenery and low traffic. Their main route crosses Oregon. You would hit it in Bates. If you want to skip the Columbia section, continue on US 26 West to Prineville. The TransAm route continues to Eugene from there, but I've done US 26 from Portland and it has good shoulders and only moderate traffic. Great views of Mount Hood. At Zigzag you can connect up with back roads rather than stay on US 26.
Don't ride to Baker City. It's further - plus there are no two-lane roads you can use, thus forcing you onto I-84 which sucks. From Ontario take US 26 West to Bates - which is the connecting point for the TransAm.
As for the latter part of the trip - if you do the coast, you should ride north to south - wind issue again. You can ride north, but you'll be fighting a stiff wind most of the time. Plus 101 has a lot of traffic - good shoulders, but traffic. Best stretch is Lincoln City to Florence heading south. It's also really nice near the Calif border, but that's way out of your way.
Generally speaking, you will be heading INTO the direction of prevailing winds all the way to Portland. By staying in the forests and out of exposed areas you reduce the risk of having bad headwinds - but there are no guarantees in cycling.
Are you doing a round trip? If one way, why not send your bike there and bike back???
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Cycle Oregon did a ride from Nyssa to Yachats a few years back. The route is available on their website. You could veer north around Monroe north of Eugene or something or follow the Cycle Oregon route the Year they went from Baker City to Oregon City, nice ride. Boise to Nyssa is easy. Just ride out state street until it T bones after going over I84. Turn left. Right on 26 all the way past the lovely hamlets of Notus and Parma. *rolls eyes* Nyssa to Baker city is problematic. I think you have to get out on the highway at some point. As noted above I think you should stay out of the Gorge.