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Old 07-10-13, 10:03 AM
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Portland to Vancouver via the mountains

Has anyone cycled that region (Rainier, Mt Baker, North Cascades)

Would cycling from Portland to Vancouver (BC) be possible mostly on quiet roads? Are there lots of state parks with cheap camping and villages to pick up food along the way?

I was planning to bike Van to San Fran, but think doing a loop might be more manageable distance-wise, have more diversity and, most hopefully, make me avoid the heaviest traffic.

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Old 07-10-13, 10:37 AM
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Haven't done it, but as a former Vancouverite, it's definitely hillier than Ottawa. When it's near those mountain ranges, expect lots of climbs...
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Old 07-10-13, 11:10 AM
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Map Reading .. essentially you go east to get to the back side of the Cascades,
then come back over them, again, to get to Vancouver BC.
East of the Dalles Oregon, US 97 cuts through the Yakima nations reservation, going generally North,
WA 20 comes west again further north, above the denser Seattle Metro Area.

Staying on US 97 the border crossing is Osoyoos BC .. then take Canadian routes back west to Van BC.
on my map, Allison pass shows it at 4,436', Canada

WA side, Rainy Pass on 20 is 4,855', Washington pass, 5,477' .

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Old 07-10-13, 12:16 PM
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thanks again Bob. Have you done this route and would you recommend it to a cyclist? How's the traffic and shoulder situation there? Are there hiker-biker camp sites all along the way as well?
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Old 07-10-13, 01:34 PM
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It should be very easy to find campgrounds around Lake Okanagan - I've camped in Kelowna before, and Osoyoos was just pure bliss.
There are also winery resorts all over the place if you feel like spoiling yourself. Mind you the climb from Vancouver to the Okanagan is pretty killer, so if you're going to leave Vancouver by bike, watch out.
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Old 07-10-13, 01:54 PM
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Check out the Adventure Cycling Sierra Cascades route. Might be relevant.
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It should be very easy to find campgrounds around Lake Okanagan - I've camped in Kelowna before, and Osoyoos was just pure bliss.
There are also winery resorts all over the place if you feel like spoiling yourself. Mind you the climb from Vancouver to the Okanagan is pretty killer, so if you're going to leave Vancouver by bike, watch out.
Finding a campground in Osoyoos might be harder now. Most of the campgrounds were turned into hotels, or apartments. The ones left will be busy.
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