Northern Oregon Tour Redux
August 8-16, 2020
Nine days, Seven stages, 400+ miles 32,000’
Led by Bill Oetinger
A clockwise loop around Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, featuring a journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway. A reinvention of a 2007 club tour but with significantly shorter, easier stages. Camping on seven nights and one night in a motel. (Cost of motel not included in tour fee.) Luggage and all supplies and support equipment transported by truck. One sag wagon on course each day. Cooperative touring: all participants share in the tasks of keeping the tour moving along its way.
Saturday, August 8
Car pool from Santa Rosa To Silver Falls State Park (east of Salem). Approximately 11-hour drive. Tour returns here at the finish. Car pool fleet to be stored for the week in a gated, locked lot in the park.
Sunday, August 9 Stage 1: Silver Falls State Park to Estacada 62 miles, 4700’ up, 5700’ down
Small climbs and descents all day as we head north through the wooded foothills of the Cascades along the eastern flank of the Willamette Valley. Overnight on the back lawn of Estacada High School. Showers.
Monday, August 10 Stage 2: Estacada to Troutdale 56 miles, 4850’ up, 5250’ down
Another day heading north through the rolling, wooded hills east of Portland. Overnight at a Comfort Inn near the town of Troutdale. Dining out on the town. Full breakfast at motel.
Tuesday, August 11 Stage 3: Troutdale to Hood River 60 miles, 4300’ up, 3600’ down
The first of two days riding through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge on the Historic Highway or its adjacent Historic State Trail. Off-the-chart scenery all day. Overnight at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. Showers.
Wednesday, August 12 Stage 4: Hood River to Dufur 59 miles, 4000’ up, 3450’ down
The eastern section of the Historic Highway in the gorge and also beautiful hill country above Hood River to start and rolling hills south of The Dalles to finish. Overnight in a city-run park in Dufur. Showers and a big swimming pool.
Thursday, August 13 Stage 5: Dufur to Timothy Lake 60 miles, 6300’ up, 4300’ down
Long, gradual climbs—and some descending —up and over the shoulder of Mt Hood in the vast national forest. Overnight at a pretty lake deep in the woods. No showers but the lake is right there.
Friday, August 14 Stage 6: Timothy Lake to Detroit Lake 54 miles, 3200’ up, 4900’ down
Heading down out of the mountains on remote forest roads. Overnight at a group site on a quite corner of the big lake. No showers but the lake is right there.
Saturday, August 15 Stage 7: Detroit Lake to Silver Falls State Park 53 to 61 miles, lowland or hilly options
West along the Santiam River and then up into the wooded hills around the beautiful state park. After the stage, hiking in the park to some of the ten waterfalls for which the park is famous. Showers
Sunday, August 16
Car pool from Silver Falls SP to Santa Rosa. Approximately 11-hour drive.
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