Mine were stuffed with bars most of the time. From there you’ll get to ride Gunsight Ridge with several optional single track sections before a stellar 25 mile, 4,300 foot descent back into The Dalles. My goal was to have everything I needed for most field repairs for my bike or gear. The authors and everyone involved in the creation of this website make no warranty of correctness or thoroughness and disclaim any and all liability from its use. An excellent camp spot at Silver Creek on the Fremont Tier. Gunsight Ridge, Bikepacking Mount Hood at its Finest comment 30 time Sep 10 compose Donnie Kolb USA While this route lacks the panache of a full circumnavigation of Mount Hood, it more than makes up for it by linking together all the best dirt near the mountain. Fees will vary, carry cash. The fourth issue of The Bikepacking Journal hit mailboxes this spring. The Willamette Tier is markedly different from the Fremont Tier. Commenting is great because it helps out future readers of this post. We had to adjust route along the way with recent fires and dead fall from windstorm. While road touring, ten extra pounds isn’t a big deal. Our EIN number is 82-5018544. (Photo: Brady Lawrence). You can have fun out there on a steel Karate Monkey or a carbon shredder, but if your gear is loose and banging around, it’s gonna suck. I’ve suffered enough bike touring to feel ok about distracting myself!
Since then, I’ve luxuriated in my comfy bed, taken powerful naps as my body jumped into repair mode, ate (occasionally uncomfortable) quantities of food, and generally relaxed.
We also ate huge meals every 2-3 days when we’d hit civilization (diners, resort restaurants, and the buffet at Breitenbush Hot Springs yesssss). I picked up this shirt at the local used gear shop the day before the trip and it worked great! Get full route information including mileposts, history, navigation, and other resources, visit oregonBIKEPACKING.com/portfolio-posts/east-sider/.
Tillamook Baby Loaf. Gloves: lightweight Giro Socks: quick-dry synthetic. BIKEPACKING.com is dedicated to exploration by bicycle. Thermal Jacket: Patagonia Nano-Air Rain Jacket: Outdoor Research Rain Pants: Marmot Precip Thermal bottom: Patagonia longjohns Thermal top: Smartwool (I don’t buy new wool items, but this old top keeps on kicking; no reason to throw it away) Waterproof gloves: Black Diamond Beanie Sunsleeves – fantastic for riding in the sun without needing sunscreen, Me haaaangry and tired after a long day on the trail, banged up and yet fajitas soon made everything better! Extra socks for sleeping or if socks are wet in the morning (I wore the same pair to ride in, though I started with them damp a few days) Underwear: Exofficio quick-dry. We begin the GPS tracks at a public parking area in downtown The Dalles. Mid-trip brake pad replacement. Me and all my stuff on a cold morning just before Surveyor’s Ridge! The content of this website is purely for informational purposes and is intended as a reference guide. Rain paints will suffice for cold mornings. Lots of options out there for 1-person tents, bivy sacks or tarp shelters. Both up and down, a light kit will make your trip considerably more fun.
Gearing: 30T front chainring, 11-46 rear.
One thing to consider: if you have a 150mm dropper post, your rear tire will most likely rub on the bag when hitting big jumps or drops. You’ll follow the faint gurgling streams as they come together and merge into the Middle Fork of the Willamette River leading you to the mountain biking mecca of Oakridge.
Front suspension forks ’cause we’re not masochists. In the meantime, these can be seen on the Ambassador Routes page. We prefer riding this route clockwise in part because it breaks up the climbing, but also because of the Barlow Road portion of the route (miles 70-91).
You don’t need fancy bikes or bags.
While you could theoretically ride this route without a GPS, the Barlow Road section is extremely difficult to follow (miles 70 to 91).
The unmarked trailhead off Gunsight Ridge (FS 3550) is difficult to find, so keep a close eye on your map or GPS as you get close. Zach, Brady, JT and I had pedaled across the entire state and reached the end of the Oregon Timber Trail!
Ha, good eye on the water weight.
The only exception to this is the last 35 miles of the route. A huge thanks to our partners for supporting the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance: The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance is dedicated to stewardship, education, community, and quality trail experiences throughout the Oregon Timber Trail corridor.
We’re going on a 5-nighter and scratching my head on sleeping bag and camp layers so i don’t freeze. (My recommendation is to at least have front suspension, but I’m not as tough as JT.). Bedrock has templates for various bikes, but mine was a newer model. For future trips, I may skip the thermal bottoms and just use rainpants like Zach (Bikepacking Mentor). A fine evening cowboy camping on Timothy Lake. If you have any questions about bags, email Bedrock directly. Brady’s bike experienced other fun that I’ll talk about later! It was also WAY more fun rolling light. Paddleboard break on Big Lake with a view of Mt. Experienced bikepacking friends swear by these and they worked great! Sweet little camera with SO much power for the size. For time efficiency, next time I plan on bringing the excellent, light filter that JT had, the Katadyn BeFree.
The authors and everyone involved in the creation of this website make no warranty of correctness or thoroughness and disclaim any and all liability from its use. Big camera/large tripod: My Sony RX100 worked great and is 1/2 the weight of my DSLR camera. It has three attachment points and doesn’t slip sideways off the frame, unlike other top tube bags I’ve used in the past. If you’re really into riding single track, we suggest, There are numerous other single track opportunities in the. Zach carried a syringe to pull water out of shallow or swampy sources and then filter, which was key a few times. Simply put, bikepacking is the synthesis of mountain biking and minimalist camping; it evokes the freedom of multi-day backcountry hiking, with the range and thrill of riding a mountain bike. -Dr. Bronner’s soap in micro dropper bottle -SPF 30 stick sunscreen -SPF 15 lip balm -Chamois Butter – skip the individual wipes and just fill a small container from a big chamois butter like this -100% DEET insect repellent wipes.
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