June 26, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the new Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway at its June 25 meeting in Klamath Falls. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now has 12 designated bikeways statewide.
Experienced riders seeking a challenge will love this 70-mile route of forested splendor paired with a 3,125-foot climb near Estacada and a 1,985-foot climb near Detroit. A shorter, family-friendly ride is available near Estacada on Faraday Road, which is closed to motor vehicles. The bikeway parallels the Breitenbush River and the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas River along rocky riffles and quiet pools where native coho, chinook and steelhead seek their ancient spawning beds.
"The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are proud to be a part of this unique biking opportunity. The new bikeway winds through some beautiful country and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the towns of Detroit and Estacada along the way," said Acting Clackamas River District Ranger Nancy Lankford. "The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a welcome addition to the diverse recreation opportunities our two forests offer the public."
Directional and safety signage will be posted along the road later this summer. The route is closed during late fall and winter due to snow.
The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the country, and now includes more than 860 miles of designated scenic bikeways. Launched in 2005, the program is a partnership among Travel Oregon, Cycle Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Local groups apply for the bikeway designation, but only half of the applications are accepted. Routes are rated on scenic qualities, road conditions and general riding enjoyment.
All the information to plan a ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com, including a printable map, accommodations and amenities along the route.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides and protects outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for enjoyment and education. It served more than 40 million people last year in a system of state parks, historic and natural areas, trails, and other special programs.