The outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted to find themselves in Oregon. There are lot of spectacular options to have a ride and enjoy nature.
1. Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake inspires awe.
Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.
Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth.
Crater Lake National Park attracts increasing numbers of cyclists each year on the Rim Drive. 33 miles, extremely difficult. Steep hills, heavy traffic, and few shoulders at high elevation. While all Park trails are closed to bicycles, Greyback Drive provides eight miles of unpaved one-way road. Water is available only at Rim Village and Park Headquarters.
What routes can you ride? Let’s see! Westside Road - easy to moderate, 4-48 mile loop. Low traffic, wide shoulders, smooth pavement, frequent pull-offs, long sight distances, well-spaced stops, rolling grades, shady scenery, and no long hills.
Or Wood River Valley- easy, 7-8 miles.
Another one is Lake Of The Woods Loop (easy, 9 miles). Start at Resort and proceed clockwise around the lake through rolling terrain and old growth forests. You will arrive to a beautiful high Cascade lake at 5,000’ with full recreation and lodging facilities.
For a perfect family outing, ride Lake of the Woods to Fish Lake Easy, is to moderate, about 9 miles.
The pro mountain bikers shoud take a ride on Brown Mountain Trail which is moderate, 25 miles. Or, the difficult Rye Spur Trail, a 12 miles, round trip. Begins about ¼ mile east of the Fourmile Lake turnoff on Hwy 140 and crests at the scenic 6200 ft. level.
2. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains - with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. One of the nation's great mountain biking locales, the Scenic Area offers also great mountain biking!
Did you know Oregon has the only Scenic Bikeways program in the nation?
The unique Scenic Bikeways program features routes suggested by locals, so you know you’re getting the best of the best when you ride an Oregon Scenic Bikeway. These routes have been officially reviewed, ridden and adopted, and each one provides inspiration for planning a two-wheeled vacation in Oregon for visitors and residents riding here for the first time or the fiftieth.
The routes are diverse, accommodating everyone from beginning to advanced riders, for day trips or extended, multi-day adventures. So, plan ahead and choose the perfect itinerary on the Ride Oregon website.
You will be amazed about the riding potential and the diversity found here.
3. Cannon Beach
This is the place appreciated by People's Choice as Oregon's best romantic getaway in 2016. National Geographic Magazine also named Cannon Beach “one of The World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” in their June 2013 issue.
Just steps from downtown Cannon Beach are breathtakingly beautiful beaches and just a few minutes away are some of the best viewpoints and natural areas on the Oregon Coast. You'll encounter dramatic rock formations, stunning beaches, lush rain forest, waterfalls and unforgettable State Parks.
The Oregon Coast Bike Trail along Highway 101 makes biking possible along nearly the entire stretch of the Oregon coast. One of the easiest and most scenic touring routes is south of Cannon Beach to Arcadia Beach or Hug Point. For experienced cyclists, the 16-mile trip south on Highway 101 from Cannon Beach to Manzanita offers scenic views past Silver Point, Arcadia Beach, Hug Point, Oswald West State Park and up Neahkahnie Mountain to spectacular roadside viewpoints.
Many off-road biking areas are also open to mountain bikes.
4. Bend, Oregon
Unique combination of outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan sophistication that make Bend, one of the United States’ up-and-coming leisure destinations.
Bend is a little jewel of a town which is now a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. So, you can plan your road cycling vacation to Bend Oregon and Central Oregon. The must-ride here is the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway, a collection of premier road cycling routes that connect the communities of Central Oregon and provide premium and scenic road cycling opportunities to visitors and local residents alike. From mountain biking to road biking, and everything in between, Bend’s reputation as “Bike Town U.S.A.” is well-deserved.
Now, you are in a beautiful town with lots of biking perspectives, so all you don’t need is the bike pain when you ride from a place to another. Because, yes, the saddle can cause such discomfort that it really can spoil your vacation. That’s why we sincerely recommend the most comfortable bike seat.
You wont feel nothing, except for your muscle legs being stretched from pedaling.
5. Washington Park, Portland
Right in the heart of the city you will find this unusual place. Filled with gardens and museums, a zoo and a forest.
The opportunities for exploration in the park can feel endless.
Washington Park is also a beautiful place to ride your bike.
It is quite hilly and there are no off-street or separated bike facilities. Bike parking facilities are located at the entrance to each attraction.
You can avoid the hills by bringing your bike on the Max Light Rail.
6. Mount Hood National Forest
189,200 acres of designated wilderness in Wilderness Areas on the Forest.
The Mt. Hood extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.
Some popular destinations that offer rewarding visits are Timberline Lodge, built in 1937 high on Mt. Hood, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail, including Barlow Road.
With about 140 miles of trails open to mountain bikes, Mt. Hood National Forest is a great place for novices to experts. Remember that you will be sharing the trail with other users, especially hikers and riders on horseback.
Mt. Hood National Forest is bisected by hundreds of miles of paved roads, but they have not been maintained to standards compatible with road cycling, however, and many have potholes and uneven riding surfaces. They are still used as haul routes by logging trucks, and sight distance is often limited. You are advised to use extreme caution when riding on these roads.
7. Oregon Coast
Few stretches of the Pacific coastline as stunning, as diverse and as iconic as the Oregon coast.
Sure, we already presented you California’s Highway 1 through Monterey and Big Sur, and the wilderness coast of Washington’s Olympic National Park, but Oregon’s coastline perfectly combines the natural beauty of the Pacific with accessibility that makes touring it easy. From incredible lighthouses and shipwrecks to hidden coves, stunning beaches, and impossibly gorgeous panoramas, the Oregon Coast captivates and inspires, placing it as one of America’s best areas for outdoor exploration.
Before coming here, get a free copy of the extremely useful The Oregon Coast Bike Route map from the Department of Transportation. This brochure features strip maps of the route, campsites, hostels, bike-repair facilities, elevation changes, temperatures, and wind speed, this pamphlet does everything but map the ruts in the road.
Because the prevailing winds in summer are from the northwest, most people cycle south on U.S. 101 to take advantage of a steady tailwind. You’ll also be riding on the ocean side of the road with better views, easier access to turnouts, and generally wider bike lanes and shoulders. The entire 370-mile (or 380 miles, including the optional Three Capes Scenic Loop) trip involves nearly 16,000 feet of elevation change. Most cyclists cover the distance in 6-8 days, pedaling an average of 50-65 miles daily.
8. Willamette National Forest
Stretching for 110 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range in western Oregon, the Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas.
Here you will find the popular Three Sisters Wilderness and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, a variety of backpacking and day hiking opportunities, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain biking trails, boating and swimming. The varied landscape of high mountains, narrow canyons, cascading streams, and wooded slopes offers excellent opportunities for visitors and make the forest valuable for many purposes.
Some of the best mountain biking trails in the southern Cascades are found on the Willamette National Forest – with most on the McKenzie River and Middle Fork Ranger Districts, and a few on the Detroit and Sweet Home Ranger Districts. Some of the more popular destinations include McKenzie River Trail, O’Leary Trail, and Waldo Lake.
There is a wide variety of terrain, from easy to intense. Remember to call the nearest Ranger District office before heading out to make sure roads and trails are open and cleared.
Nestled between the Coast Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Yaquina Bay, the natural beauty of the area draws those seeking a unique and exciting coastal experience.
Newport has been a playground for visitors since the late 1800’s.
This scenic city is home to two lighthouses — including the tallest in Oregon — and beaches prime for spotting whales, bald eagles and agates in the sand. Offshore, migrating whales pass viewing points such as Yaquina Head and Cape Perpetua, while smaller ocean critters make their home in beach tide pools. And if you miss whale season, there are plenty of animals to see at the impressive Oregon Coast Aquarium. You can taste new brews at Rogue’s headquarters and world-famous chowder at Mo’s, or explore the outdoors with crabbing, fishing, hiking, biking and year-round surfing.
And, of course, it has many sightseeing attractions in the Victorian town itself.
10. Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area
The deepest river gorge in North America.
This national showcase holds acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape. Scenic vistas that rival any on the continent. The North America's deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation.
Carved by the great Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim, and 8,000 feet below snowcapped He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains. There are no roads across Hells Canyon's 10-mile wide expanse, and only three roads that lead to the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington boundary.
Popular recreation areas include the Hells Canyon Wilderness (Oregon), Hat Point, Hells Canyon Overlook, Imnaha Wild and Scenic River and adjacent campgrounds, and Lord Flat.
What place will you choose for your next trip to Oregon? City or wild nature?