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Biking Oregon and California Coast(5 posts)

Biking Oregon and California Coastcfshufeldt
May 30, 2001 5:00 PM
I'm looking into biking from Portland, OR to San Francisco via the coast in early September. Has anyone ever done this ride before? Are the roads the down the coast open to bikes? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
re: Biking Oregon and California Coastegw
May 30, 2001 10:40 PM
While I've never ridden the coastal route, I have driven it a number of times. I was always envious of the bikers. Oregon, in particular is really set up for bike travel. The route has numerous state parks well spaced for any length ride. Almost all have camping areas designated for bikes, with no need to reserve. Faves include Humbug Mt., Cape Lookout, Fogarty Creek, Sutten Creek. You have picked a good time of year and the correct direction. Prevailing tailwinds will really speed your trip. If you are carrying plastic instead of a tent, check out the Shamrock Lodgettes in Yachats for a neat cabin in a beautiful setting. Oregon Coast Assoc. P.O. Box 146, Tillamook, 97141 will send you information about bike camping.
When you get to California you will be in the redwoods for a while then head out to Hwy 1 at Legget. Again, tailwinds and campsites should be prevalent.
An incredible experiencerunstevierun
May 31, 2001 9:51 AM
I've done that ride twice, once starting in Seattle and once in Vancouver. Oregon has special walk-in campsites for bikers only, very nice. It's easy to hook-up with groups heading south if you wish, I had lots of fun doing that. Even got an apartment in SF through contacts made on the road. Some areas of the route are busier than others and logging trucks can really blow a loaded touring bike off the road, but I don't think there's a more beautiful ride in the U.S. Go to your local AAA and have them do a trip map for you. There are also a couple books that describe the route as well, check on and then head to the library.
re: Biking Oregon and California Coasthippy
May 31, 2001 12:30 PM
Go to, daryl.m and reqest Oregon Coast Bike Route Map.You will have to leave your name and address.its a good map of 101 with campsite,mileage and elevation info.
re: Biking Oregon and California CoastZignzag
May 31, 2001 6:35 PM
The Oregon coast is arguably the most popular bicycle touring route in the world. I've done it 3 times - it's great. The bible on touring the Pacific Coast is Bicycling the Pacific Coast by Kirkendal and Spring ( They divide the route into 40 to 60 mile segments, each starting and ending at a state park with a hiker/biker camp site.