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Jul 17th 2016, 10:54 AM   #1
 Quixote's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

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Riding The Oregon Cascades On Pavement - The Missing Link

Hey Gorge Riders:

We've been planning a route suitable for street bikes that runs down the spine of the Cascades from the Columbia to the California border that omits any riding on the soul-crushing I-5 or US 97. The segment that runs from Oakridge to Steamboat was "The Missing Link"; it just turns into a tangle of four-digit Forest Service roads that are difficult to assess without riding them.

Some Web browsing revealed that an all-pavement route was used in Cycle Oregon 2007, but after nine years the condition of the roads may have deteriorated. Yesterday, motivated by boredom and curiosity, I rode the route on my little Tiger (634 miles and sixteen hours in the saddle, the last hundred miles in the dark; never again as a one-day ride!), and I'm happy to report that the all-pavement ride is still there.

The journey from The Gorge or Portland is pretty well known: from Hood River up OR 35, left on FSR 48, right on FSR 43 to US 26, right on US 26 to Skyline/FSR 42, left on FSR 42 down to the intersection with FSR 46. If you're coming from Portland, take FSR 46 from Estacada to the FSR 42/FSR 46 intersection. From that junction it's about 25 miles south to Detroit and gas.

From Detroit head SE on OR 22 to US 20, turn right (west) on US 20 for three miles, take OR 126 SW until you turn left (south) on FSR 19/Aufderheide Road to Oakridge and gas.

CAUTION: The next seventy-seven miles are not for the casual rider. Although the road is paved, navigation is tricky. I hung pink-colored flagging tape at the most confusing intersections, but there is already a lot of flagging tape up there. Cyclists have marked the route for tour groups, but it's still pretty confusing. I relied on following the most well-worn path. There are three gravel patches (about 50 yards total), parts of the road are only six feet wide, there is moss and fallen trees in places (none block the whole road), and there are cracks in the pavement (feels like FSR 99 up to Windy Ridge). Lots of blind single-lane hair pins, too. It's so twisty and hilly that afterwards the Aufderheide felt like a straight stretch of I-5. Please don't bring your new Panigale and expect to be knee-dragging....

From Oakridge, head east on OR 58 about two miles and turn right (south) at the sign that says "Hills Creek Reservoir/Dam". Take FSR 21 south about two miles until you see the sign for FSR 2102 on your right (yes, that hole in the trees is the road). Take the FSR 2102 roller coaster ride ten miles (I met a group of skateboarders here; the seemed to have set up a slalom couse on the road, looked like fun), turn left on FSR 5850 for about ten miles headed mostly south. Turn right on FSR 22 and ride down Brice Creek about twenty miles to Sharps Creek Road and the hamlet of Culp Creek.

Turn left (SE) on Sharps Creek Road and follow nice sweepers on good pavement for about ten miles. Turn right (SW) on unmarked Martin''s Creek Road staying to the right (don't get suckered across the bridge and up FSR 23 like I did) and climb up to a broad "Y" intersection with a good view west. At that intersection someone has spray painted "Steamboat" in blue paint on the left (eastern) fork; this is Canton Creek Road. Canton Creek Road will drop you down all the way to Steamboat and OR 138.

From Steamboat you can head SE to Crater Lake NP, south through Prospect, Butte Falls and Dead Indian Road into Ashland. "Might make for a nice overnight trip in the near future..."

Thanks, And Good Riding To You All,

Quixote
Jul 17th 2016, 11:53 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  NW

Sounds very nice. Need help making a GPX track to share?
Jul 17th 2016, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the recon Quixote. We've been trying to find information on the mythical paved route through that area for some time now. I was under the impression that a lot of it was similar to FS-11(Quartzville Road), in that it was narrow single track, with a lot of blind corners. Thanks for the confirmation.
Jul 17th 2016, 12:23 PM   #4
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  Feb 2016
  Oregon Desert

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Hello Scribbles:

Yeah, it is a pretty nice ride, in fact, I think it's my new "most favorite ride".

I suck at GPX; I rely on our tech savvy Gorge Gang to connect the dots. I'll see if we can put a GPX file together and post it up.

If I navigated the whole thing with a twenty year old Forest Service map and the 2007 Cycle Oregon maps (Days 4 & 5 I believe) it can't be that hard.

One more thing: I think this ride may be like other sub alpine rides: There was a lot of dried out moss under that forest canopy. As soon as we get substantial rain in the fall, that moss will be like ice. Right now the road is pretty grippy.

I hope you get a chance to ride it and let me know if it is as cool as I think it is.

Good Luck,

Quixote
Jul 17th 2016, 12:47 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  NW

I'm already working on tracks.. got this so far..

<Edited.. see link below..>

I'm not sure about the section between Oakridge and Culp Creek tho..

Edited by Scribbles on Jul 17th 2016 at 08:44 PM
Jul 17th 2016, 12:59 PM   #6
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Quiote? Is this the route you took?

G-Mapps
Jul 17th 2016, 01:45 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  NW

FeralRdr found the turn I missed.. good eye..
Jul 17th 2016, 01:46 PM   #8
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Greg. That would have to be an August run i think. While it is dry.
Jul 17th 2016, 01:55 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scribbles
FeralRdr found the turn I missed.. good eye..
Google maps street view was my friend in that regard. That is assuming you were having trouble identifying the same road I was.

Quote:
Originally Posted by oldmanriver
Greg. That would have to be an August run i think. While it is dry.
Not sure I'm up for that route yet Bob. Though I would rather ride those roads than slab 97 or I5, I've never been a big fan of single lane forest tracks. Not trying to imply that the route is "Douchey" in any way, I'm just not a fan of them in general; mainly for the reasons that Quixote mentioned above in his "caveat".

Edited by FeralRdr on Jul 17th 2016 at 02:42 PM
Jul 17th 2016, 02:29 PM   #10
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Feral Rider nailed it, Scribbles. His mileage matches my odometer exactly.

It isn't that hard when you're on the ground, just take the roads more travelled.

The trickiest part was at the top of Sharp''s Creek; stay to the right. I hope you can see the fresh pink flagging ribbon on the right side of each fork. From there follow the chip sealed road to the big "Y" intersection and follow the word "Steamboat" down Canton Creek to OR 138.

Roads 2102 and 5850 feel like "paved singletrack". Yes, I know, there's no such thing, but that's what it felt like.

Oldman River is wise; that moss will be slicker than snot come fall.

If I didn't live 225 miles from Oakridge I'don't be down next weekend to ride with you guys.

Quixote
Jul 17th 2016, 06:30 PM   #11
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We may need to plan the Crater Lake run for next August, after the Arizona, Colorado run.
Jul 17th 2016, 06:52 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  NW

Quote:
Originally Posted by FeralRdr
Google maps street view was my friend in that regard. That is assuming you were having trouble identifying the same road I was.
Actually my basemap thinks 5850 is a dead end, so it wouldn't use it. Got it fixed now.

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/display...61147-map.html Have a look at all the different maps you can overlay, it's a very useful site.

Let me know if you see any errors, or have additional routes/info to share.
PM me if you'd like a GPX file. (I make no guarantees for accuracy..)


Q: Anyone know a good route from Ashland to Hwy 101? might as well make it a loop..

This looks fun.. (not sure if it's all paved, Edit>see below..)

https://goo.gl/maps/ZV7zdzkDHqM2


It looks like there is 6 miles of unpaved road on the top of Bald Hills Rd.

https://goo.gl/maps/Twe6LwSUWjq

Edited by Scribbles on Jul 17th 2016 at 11:42 PM
Jul 17th 2016, 08:25 PM   #13
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

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Great post...tagging for note taking. I Need to do this route.
Jul 17th 2016, 09:02 PM   #14
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Hey, this is great. I was looking to plot a trip after one I had planned to Tahoe was cancelled because I jacked my knee up. Thanks!
Jul 18th 2016, 10:14 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scribbles
Actually my basemap thinks 5850 is a dead end, so it wouldn't use it. Got it fixed now.

OCOP Have a look at all the different maps you can overlay, it's a very useful site.

Let me know if you see any errors, or have additional routes/info to share.
PM me if you'd like a GPX file. (I make no guarantees for accuracy..)


Q: Anyone know a good route from Ashland to Hwy 101? might as well make it a loop..

This looks fun.. (not sure if it's all paved, Edit>see below..)

https://goo.gl/maps/ZV7zdzkDHqM2


It looks like there is 6 miles of unpaved road on the top of Bald Hills Rd.

https://goo.gl/maps/Twe6LwSUWjq
Thanks for the heads up on the GPS Visualizer site. I was trying to find someway to share GPX tracks for some of the ride reports that I've done.
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