Cascading Rivers Bikeway now open!
Forest Service Road 46 between Estacada and Detroit via Breitenbush Pass has one lane open. Watch for branches and protruding tree tops in the roadway on both sides of the pass.
In most locations both lanes are open but residual snow drifts in a few locations narrow the road to one lane. Remaining snow is rapidly melting. All of Road 46 below 3000 feet is snow free.
The Cascading Rivers Bikeway Event Ride is scheduled for Sept. 17th- 18th 2016. More info coming soon.
The Cascading Rivers Bikeway follows the woven Clackamas and Breitenbush Rivers in a 70 mile link from Estacada to Detroit, Oregon. Water is the dominant force that sculpts this steep volcanic landscape of the West Cascades. All along this route water and rock interact to create a place of dramatic beauty and inspiration. Rivers, rapids, waterfalls, hot springs and lakes captivate and guide the rider. Time is forgotten as a rider looks up to the sky through ancient forests that line the bikeway. Riders may experience glimpses of elk and grouse or rest along the route to a symphony of forest songbirds.
Experienced riders who seek a challenge will love this 70 mile one-way route of forested splendor paired with a 3,125 foot climb from Estacada and 1,985 foot climb from Detroit. A shorter family-friendly ride is available from Estacada on Faraday Road, which is closed to motor vehicles.
The bikeway parallels the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas River along rocky riffles, quiet pools where native Coho, Chinook and Steelhead seek their ancient spawning beds. Vistas of Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson smile down upon the exploring cyclist. This route is closed during late fall and winter due to snow.
Remove the stresses of civilization with a walk through the towns of Estacada or Detroit that anchor either side of the bikeway. Both are full service towns with many options for eating and situated on tranquil waters. Each town is distinctly different but similarly rooted in its historical attachments to water, mountains and forests.