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Old 02-01-16, 10:20 AM
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Route advice Diamond LK, Oregon to Coos Bay

This summer I'm thinking about doing a loop from Grants Pass up to Diamond Lake, then down towards Roseburg and over to Coo Bay, down the coast to Gold Beach, inland and over Bear Camp road for a return to GP.

I know the roads that I want to take with the exception of where to leave hwy 138 and from there to the ocean. Looking at a map, I would guess probably taking North Banks Road (at Glide) to Wilbur? Then which roads would be the best from there? By "best" I mean scenic with little auto traffic.

BTW, I've toured 101 before and know what to expect. I've also been over Bear Camp rd a half dozen times in a car and motorcycle. The same for the diamond Lake section.

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I worked in Glide and lived in the Sutherlin area for several years. The North Bank Road was part of my commute to work. It may take you a little longer, but the way I have ridden over to the coast was: from Wilber take Highway 99 north to Sutherlin, Sutherlin to Elkton on 138, and Elkton to Reedsport on 38. Just head south from Reedsport. Highway 138 from Sutherlin to Elkton was one of my favorite training rides. Most of this route will be along the Umpqua River. However, try to do it on a weekday; it is a popular route to the coast.

While Highway 42 from Winston might be a little more direct, there is a lot more traffic, and not nearly as scenic.
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Thanks Doug,
Good stuff. I'll do just what you suggest.

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Hey! Ironically enough, I've been thinking about riding in that same area! So this is some good info.

Not to hijack this thread too much, @Doug64, how is overall traffic and shoulder situation on OR 38 from Elkton the rest of the way to the coast? Any particular issues? I know there are a couple non-highway ways out to the coast in the area, but logistics wise, it might be easier for me to take 38.
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It has been a relatively long time since I rode down there. What I do remember is that 138 had little to no shoulder, but low traffic. Highway 38 from Elkton to the coast had a small shoulder, about 2', with more traffic. I can't think of any issues. However, in 20 years the roads could have been improved. I have ridden with my wife and our twins when they were 10-14 years old, out to where 138 first hits the Umpqua River. There was a good swimming hole , and a nice place to have a picnic lunch. I must not of thought it was too bad or I would not have taken the kids out that way. Boy! that was a long time ago. You guys better do some Google Map street views to verify some of my info. It could be better, not likely any worse.

Adventurepdx, coming from the north, you might want to take 34 to Philomath, and then Alsea Rd. I'm not familiar with the route, but some of the locals might chime in.
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I rode east from Coos Bay to Diamond Lake a few years back on a more direct and empty route thru Coquille and Sitkum
There was a short (9 mile?) unpaved stretch, but the road thru the Coast Range had about 1 car per hour.
Plus there's a county park where you can camp free at Dora.
From Roseburg you'd take Lookingglass Road, then Coos Bay Wagon Road.
From the divide you follow the Coquille River all the way down.
From Coquille, you pick up OR 42 and then US 101 into Coos Bay.
I found sweet ride - and I was going uphill on the dirt section.

Pic - Coquille Falls

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Originally Posted by jamawani
I rode east from Coos Bay to Diamond Lake a few years back on a more direct and empty route thru Coquille and Sitkum
There was a short (9 mile?) unpaved stretch, but the road thru the Coast Range had about 1 car per hour.
Plus there's a county park where you can camp free at Dora.
From Roseburg you'd take Lookingglass Road, then Coos Bay Wagon Road.
From the divide you follow the Coquille River all the way down.
From Coquille, you pick up OR 42 and then US 101 into Coos Bay.
I found sweet ride - and I was going uphill on the dirt section.
That would also be a good route. I participated several times in a relay race that ran from Roseburg to Coos Bay, The Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay. Most of the route was on the Old Military Rd. which I believe is the same as the Wagon Road. It sounds a lot like your route. However, I don't remember going on highway 42, but that was also a long time ago. There were some some gravel sections. I'll see if I can dig up the old route description. It was 67 miles long, with a 5 person team.

The race started behind the radio station in Roseburg on what I thought was the beginning of the Wagon Rd.

It might be worth looking at as a bike route.

According to one site it has been going for 38 years. That sounds about right. I think I actually had hair when we ran it It was in the late 70's and 80's.
2012 Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay in Roseburg, OR, United States | MapMyRun

If you try this route, just stay on Diamond Lake Hwy. in Glide and head the 18 miles to Roseburg. The radio station is just off West Harvard Ave. DL Hwy is busy, but has good shoulders.

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Originally Posted by Doug64
Adventurepdx, coming from the north, you might want to take 34 to Philomath, and then Alsea Rd. I'm not familiar with the route, but some of the locals might chime in.
Most likely I'd be starting this ride in Eugene, so I'd be past 34 at that point. But thank you for the info! Everything's in theoretical stages right now, I just wanted to get a feel for what the options are.
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Originally Posted by jamawani
I rode east from Coos Bay to Diamond Lake a few years back on a more direct and empty route thru Coquille and Sitkum
There was a short (9 mile?) unpaved stretch, but the road thru the Coast Range had about 1 car per hour.
Plus there's a county park where you can camp free at Dora.
From Roseburg you'd take Lookingglass Road, then Coos Bay Wagon Road.
From the divide you follow the Coquille River all the way down.
From Coquille, you pick up OR 42 and then US 101 into Coos Bay.
I found sweet ride - and I was going uphill on the dirt section.
I checked out a book from the library about touring the South Oregon Coast, and they mention this route. Looks like a nice one. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I'll be doing down that way, so any advice and info is much appreciated. Thank you, @jamawani!
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Re Coquille and Sitkum

That looks like a very nice route. Maybe catch "lampa lane" at Myrtle Point and take that to 42S? (since I'm going south on 101 anyway). Thanks for the input!
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Originally Posted by adventurepdx
Most likely I'd be starting this ride in Eugene, so I'd be past 34 at that point. But thank you for the info! Everything's in theoretical stages right now, I just wanted to get a feel for what the options are.
This is the way you go to the coast from Eugene on a bike: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4501196

There's other routes to the west end of Crow Road, but from there this is the main way to do it if you want to enjoy the ride. It also provides a connection to Drain via Upper Smith River Rd/hwy 37. From there, you can access jamawani's route with a bit of map work.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
This is the way you go to the coast from Eugene on a bike: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4501196

There's other routes to the west end of Crow Road, but from there this is the main way to do it if you want to enjoy the ride. It also provides a connection to Drain via Upper Smith River Rd/hwy 37. From there, you can access jamawani's route with a bit of map work.
Thanks for that map link. I've heard good things about the Smith River Road.
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