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Old 01-26-16, 07:32 AM
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Oregon Coast Ride Advice

Hi all,

New member so please be gentle,

I will be in Portland at the beginning of August with the intention of riding south along the coast to San Francisco. I have read loads on this site and several other sites and have a pretty good idea what I want to achieve.

However most of the info out there seems to be a few years old, can anyone recommend some people/places/things to do that I should not miss? I guess if I was asked what I like doing it would be Cycling, drinking good beer and watching sport so anything along those lines would definitely make it.

Im happy to do some big miles so although my goal is to do the coast id be happy to swing inland for the right experience.

I am going to post in the California section also, just in case there is any local knowledge that may not read this forum,

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If you're starting from Portland, I highly recommend taking a day or two to check out the Columbia River Gorge before you head to the coast. It's a better ride than the coast route, IMO. It just doesn't take you anywhere. See https://www.reed.edu/csail/Columbia%2...Bike%20Map.pdf

Other than that, the Oregon Coast is pretty much its own attraction. There's not much need to add to it.

If you haven't seen it already, this PDF is a handy resource: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/hwy/bikep..._route_map.pdf

Take the alternate routes away from 101 whenever they are available. They're generally scenic and have much lower traffic.

I think the ride along Yaquina Bay at Newport is nice, if you feel like a change of scenery. Consider taking a jet boat cruise on the Rogue River when you're in Gold Beach. I'd personally prefer a canoe or something, but the jet boats kind of rule the river there.

You should find a few places for good beer along the way. Portland is overflowing with good breweries. The Commons is my personal favorite. There are a decent number of craft brewers along the coast -- Fort George in Astoria and Rogue in Newport come to mind. Here's a resource for that: Oregon Coast Breweries ? Oregon Craft Beer
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Don't forget Pelican Brewery in Pacific City, just as you get to the coast after riding Nestucca River Road over the coast range coming out of Portland. That's my preferred route. Getting the map for the Pacific coast from Adventure Cycling Association is a good investment. Start with a beer at Commons as Andy mentioned, ride up and take the Max out to the end of the line to Hillsboro to avoid urban hell, ride down to Carlton and onto Nestucca. Camp at one of the 3 sites just over the top of the hills, enjoy a downhill ride to the coast. Then ride as you feel each day. There's always a town or campsite every 10-20 miles along the OR section of the coast.
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I'm in Astoria .. 3 local microbrewers A big outlet for the Rogue beers brewed elsewhere. Plenty of Restaurants

Norblad Hostel , and abundant Motel & Hotel rooms.. 1 bike shop . (hundreds in PDX)

Off 26 is the Banks Vernonia Rail-trail Oregon 202 from Vernonia, comes into Youngs bay south side of Astoria

there is a roundabout on the western tip of town , which is built up & over the hill Old/Downtown on the North Side.
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Thanks Andy, Ill definitely check out the river gorge,

I se a running thee of beer running through the replies so im sure ill have ball!
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thanks for the replies, flying in to Vegas and ending up back there so it should be a good trip
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One stop I recommend is Hug Point state park, which is a few miles south of Cannon Beach. A century ago, a "road" was carved out of the point, which allowed cars to drive south (along the beach) from Cannon Beach down to Arch Cape. The road could be used only at low tide.

The point also has a cave and interesting tide pools. And if you rub your shoes in the dry sand as you walk on the beach, you'll learn why the beach between Hug Point and Arch Cape is called the "singing sands."
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If you start to get bored with all that ocean and want to take a break and crack a few cold ones, you could turn inland at Gardiner (just north of Reedsport) and check out the brew pubs in Eugene. Whatever you found in Portland, just divide by four and that's pretty much Eugene. There are a few locally based breweries headed by Ninkasi, Oakshire and Hop Valley, all in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Here's a ridewithgps from the nearest campground on the coast to the Whiteaker in Eugene, only backwards (just south of Reedsport, so if you stay there you'll be backtracking a few miles in the morning). Day 1 Eug-Dav - A bike ride in Eugene, OR This route is some of the most fabulous riding in the state. You ride up the Smith River, change watersheds at South Sister Creek to the Siuslaw river and then climb over to the Wolf Creek drainage and on to the Willamette River.

If you do this, bear in mind that there are essentially no services or potable water along the route. There is one bar/mini store fourteen miles up the Smith River, but I've never managed to go by when it's open. It's only 85 miles from Reedsport to Eugene, so you should be good. If you have a water filter, then no worries as there are creeks galore. In a pinch, I've drunk from the weeping walls, but there are risks with that.

Expect no traffic from about ten miles up the Smith River until you get halfway along Wolf Creek Rd, a distance of about 100 km. There's a hostel in the Whiteaker if you want cheap lodging Eugene Whiteaker International Hostels or you can use Warm Showers (my neighbors on N. Polk, the Adkins, are regular hosts; if they're available they'll treat you well).

Just a word to the wise: keep a close eye on your stuff in Portland and Eugene. Both cities have huge homeless populations that have large subpopulations that make their living stealing stuff, particularly bikes and such.
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not that there are any shortage of micro-Brew pubs on the Oregon Coast.. these days Oregon Coast Breweries ? Oregon Craft Beer

Bike Newport Shop has shower & laundry Bike Newport - Services for Cycle Tourists just Buy Something ..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
not that there are any shortage of micro-Brew pubs on the Oregon Coast.. these days Oregon Coast Breweries ? Oregon Craft Beer

Bike Newport Shop has shower & laundry Bike Newport - Services for Cycle Tourists just Buy Something ..
Unless one is into that Appalachian vibe, it's probably best to steer clear of the pubs/bars in Coos and Curry Counties.
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Thanks for that,

I have been doing a little planning this week and im quite surprised how expensive everything is in August.
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Not to worry though, I intend camping for most of the bike part of the trip.

sounds like there are some good spots, im hoping to get a couple of nights on a beach somewhere along the route.

Ill definitely try and check Eugene out. Is bike theft that prevalent? ill have some good locks so im sure itll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Welsh Chad
Not to worry though, I intend camping for most of the bike part of the trip.

sounds like there are some good spots, im hoping to get a couple of nights on a beach somewhere along the route.

Ill definitely try and check Eugene out. Is bike theft that prevalent? ill have some good locks so im sure itll be fine.
Unfortunately, all the west coast cities that have any people on bikes have bike theft problems. In Portland and Eugene, it's pretty common to see bike chop-shops in the homeless camps along the waterways, so the huge homeless populations take a lot of the blame for the theft. However, it's pretty clear that those guys aren't the entire story. Even Davis, CA, which has about fifty homeless people, has a large problem with bike theft. Keep it locked, don't leave liftable parts like lights on it and don't leave it outside at night, locked or not.

The Oregon State Campgrounds are great. They all have hiker/biker sites, free warm showers and are cheap. In August, you'll meet some very nice people in each and every one of them. The hiker/biker sites can get a little crowded, but that just adds to the fun.

Once you get to California, things change a bit. The best sites are the Sonoma County campgrounds, which have showers. Be sure to stock up on quarters because you have to pay for the shower. I think the first six quarters get you three minutes and you get another minute or so with each additional quarter, but you have to add them all at the start or you need to feed it six again. If you do the Lost Coast thing, there is a Humboldt County campground eight miles towards the ocean from Honeydew, but the shower is cold (A. W. Way). I don't remember what the shower situation is at Shelter Cove. No facilties at Usul Creek. The first campground on Hwy 1 with showers is in Ft. Bragg. Forty miles south of there at Manchester there is a KOA with showers and either a hot tub or sauna, and also a cheap state campground with toilets and water. That's only twenty-three miles or so from the first Sonoma County Campground at Gualala. The Gualala campground has lots of mosquitoes and brazen raccoons, but it's got hot showers and is the last civilized thing before the Sea Ranch thing that extends nearly to Jenner. Just north of Ft Ross is a cheapie hotel (it will have a sign up for a room for $40 or something, about 100 meters before the Ft. Ross store, good deal). Just south of Ft. Ross is the Stillwater Cove Sonoma County Campground (showers always win the day for me). None of the Salt Point camp grounds have showers, but they are nice nonetheless.

I like to stay in/near Ft. Ross so that I can go over the lump in the road known as Jenner Mountain in the early morning. It's a narrow road (nine-foot lanes in places) with no shoulder and a terrifying drop off the edge onto the rocks and surf. Don't even think about going over this in the afternoon on a weekend. Go in the morning and take the lane like you own it, which you do. Where there are pull-outs, let the motorists go by but don't let them try to squeeze by on those blind curves over the cliff. There's a State Campground just north of Bodega Bay that had showers the last time I was there, but that was a loooong time ago.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
Unfortunately, all the west coast cities that have any people on bikes have bike theft problems. In Portland and Eugene, it's pretty common to see bike chop-shops in the homeless camps along the waterways, so the huge homeless populations take a lot of the blame for the theft. However, it's pretty clear that those guys aren't the entire story. Even Davis, CA, which has about fifty homeless people, has a large problem with bike theft. Keep it locked, don't leave liftable parts like lights on it and don't leave it outside at night, locked or not.

The Oregon State Campgrounds are great. They all have hiker/biker sites, free warm showers and are cheap. In August, you'll meet some very nice people in each and every one of them. The hiker/biker sites can get a little crowded, but that just adds to the fun.

Once you get to California, things change a bit. The best sites are the Sonoma County campgrounds, which have showers. Be sure to stock up on quarters because you have to pay for the shower. I think the first six quarters get you three minutes and you get another minute or so with each additional quarter, but you have to add them all at the start or you need to feed it six again. If you do the Lost Coast thing, there is a Humboldt County campground eight miles towards the ocean from Honeydew, but the shower is cold (A. W. Way). I don't remember what the shower situation is at Shelter Cove. No facilties at Usul Creek. The first campground on Hwy 1 with showers is in Ft. Bragg. Forty miles south of there at Manchester there is a KOA with showers and either a hot tub or sauna, and also a cheap state campground with toilets and water. That's only twenty-three miles or so from the first Sonoma County Campground at Gualala. The Gualala campground has lots of mosquitoes and brazen raccoons, but it's got hot showers and is the last civilized thing before the Sea Ranch thing that extends nearly to Jenner. Just north of Ft Ross is a cheapie hotel (it will have a sign up for a room for $40 or something, about 100 meters before the Ft. Ross store, good deal). Just south of Ft. Ross is the Stillwater Cove Sonoma County Campground (showers always win the day for me). None of the Salt Point camp grounds have showers, but they are nice nonetheless.

I like to stay in/near Ft. Ross so that I can go over the lump in the road known as Jenner Mountain in the early morning. It's a narrow road (nine-foot lanes in places) with no shoulder and a terrifying drop off the edge onto the rocks and surf. Don't even think about going over this in the afternoon on a weekend. Go in the morning and take the lane like you own it, which you do. Where there are pull-outs, let the motorists go by but don't let them try to squeeze by on those blind curves over the cliff. There's a State Campground just north of Bodega Bay that had showers the last time I was there, but that was a loooong time ago.
Was at AW Way campground this past summer, they had warm showers. The facilities were new, they may have recently re-done them.
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Hi,

I live right on Hiway 101 on the Oregon Coast and frequently drive the route you are considering. It's beautiful and the Oregon campgrounds are great, but a few word of caution. There is a lot of traffic which includes many RVs. Outside of the towns the roads can be narrow with little or no shoulder. Bike lanes are very limited.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Was at AW Way campground this past summer, they had warm showers. The facilities were new, they may have recently re-done them.
That's great. I'm going to miss that low-pressure cold shower, but I'm sure I'll get over it. There, I'm over it. Now I'll go check out the new, improved warm shower later this Spring.
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