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Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway


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Farady Road Closed: Farady Road, just outside of Estacada, is closed for several months. The detour is to stay on Highway 224 up and over a steep hill.

Cascading Rivers Ride: 12 and 42 mile routes and a two -day 144 mile route. All fully supported! Sept. 19 - 20th. Register here.

Lane and Shoulder Closures: Summer of 2015 and early fall:  A Project along OR 224 east of Estacada to reduce rockfalls and remove hazardous trees. Work will take place along a nearly four mile stretch east of Promontory Park. All travelers will expect lane and shoulder closures and minor traffic stops with flaggers. Delays should be less than 20-minutes. You can learn more about the project by visiting www.OR224Safety.org 
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. 




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State Parks
No reservation needed for Hiker/biker site
Forest Service Campgrounds
National Forest Camping Reservations
Humbug Campground
Breitenbush Campground
 Overnight parking is available at Estacada City Hall (behind the Chamber)  on weekends and holidays. Other times  contact the city for permission at 503 630-8270.

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