Entries Tagged as U.S. - Oregon

My First Solo Bike Overnight: Champoeg State Park

When I started bike commuting as an adult, I became an autonomous being, free from the angering ritual of fighting traffic. The world was new again, rife for adventure. It piqued my energy, enthusiasm, ambition, and curiosity to explore the city I thought I couldn’t know any better. In the spirit of rediscovering such adventure, I recently decided to undertake my first overnight trip by bike, to Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Video: Portland to Ainsworth State Park, Oregon

Check out this fun, four-minute video of a Bike Overnight by The Path Less Pedaled's Russ Roca and Laura Crawford.  

Bike Camping the Clackamas

I love mountains. I grew up in Michigan, which is pretty flat, and my first trip to Oregon blew me away. In the 11 years I’ve lived in Oregon, I’ve explored many places, but my favorite is the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest (MHNF). The Clackamas has a lot of camping variety, from Milo McIver State Park in Estacada (which has a secret back entrance for cyclists) to private campgroundPromontory Park, to the US Forest Service campgrounds, and ultimately, dispersed camping - where you pedal until you find some random spot you like, pitch a tent, and stay there. I found one of those sites in the Big Bottom old-growth area.

Bikecamping at Stub Stewart State Park (Oregon) with Kids

About a year ago, I stumbled upon this fabulous post on Portland's Clever Cycles website, "Bikecamping at Stub Stewart State Park (Oregon) with Kids." It's a wonderful account of a spontaneous family overnight adventure using Portland's light rail service and bicycles.