NEW CHOICES FOR CASCADING RIVERS RIDE WEEKEND! Cyclists of all skill levels and riding interests will find a worthy challenge at the Killer Fang and other rides along the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway between Estacada and Detroit Lake. The dates: Sept. 16 & 17, 2017. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION.
The newest ride in the line-up is the Bagby Spa Ride on Saturday, Sept. 16. Bagby Hot Springs is Oregon’s most popular hot springs and is perfectly placed for this ride along the Clackamas and Collowash rivers. It is a challenging one-day 77-mile ride from Estacada along the scenic bikeway past the Ripplebrook Store to the junction with the Collowash River; it then heads south of Forest Service Road 70. But the reward is riding along one of the Cascades’ most beautiful of streams. Riders will see boulder gardens, waterfalls, brisk rapids and placid swimming pools on their way to the Hot Springs Fork, Pegleg Falls, and the Bagby Hot Springs parking area, an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. At the lunch stop, riders can choose to walk the 1.4 miles through a beautiful old growth forest to the bathhouses. If the wait is not too long, riders may bathe in the natural springs (birthday suit or bathing suit, optional). After the short walk back, mount your bike and cruise back to Estacada where a massage and a meal with beverage awaits you. Cost is $95 (includes massage) early bird registration before July 31. Regular registration during the month of August is $105, also including massage. Last chance registration until Sept. 15 is $125.
The Raging Rapids Ride allows you to choose your distance — 35 or 52 miles based on your chosen turn-around point. The ride begins at the Estacada Station Cycling Plaza then passes along the Estacada, Faraday and North Fork Lakes. As the cyclist pedals east, the waters quicken and volcanic rock dominates the whitewater-sculpted rapids. For a cedar-lined mountain stream, choose the Fish Creek spur and turn right for 1.5 miles along this steelhead hideaway. Or choose to follow the bikeway through spectacular overviews of The Narrows, past the mountain community of Three Lynx and then make a stiff mile climb to the Ripplebrook Store. Having arrived, your work is done; pedal easily back to Estacada for a meal and beverage in a restaurant of your choice. Cost is $45 (includes meal) before July 31. Regular registration is $50 through Aug. 31, and $55 until the start of the ride (includes meal.)
The Little Riffles Ride is a 12-mile flat social ride mostly along a gated road for casual riders and children. You can choose to begin at City Hall at the Cycling Station or at the Faraday West Hydro parking area; the latter is away from the highway. This is the perfect ride for the whole family including young children. You will ride past three lakes through shaded maple and alders past Faraday, Cazadero and North Forks dams, all on a gated car-free road. Cost is $10 through July. 31, $12.50 through Aug. 31, or $15 through the start of the ride. A family rate of $25 or $3o is also offered. Start time at Estacada Station Cycling Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 17, is 12 noon.
The Killer Fang Ride, named after a treacherous stretch of the wild and scenic Clackamas River, is a two-day road ride of 144 miles (72 miles each day) from Estacada to Detroit through the Northern Cascades with an overnight stay in Detroit and a return the next day. The ride, on Sept. 17 & 18, 2016, is considered challenging with an elevation gain from Estacada of over 3,000 feet and a gain of 1,700 feet from Detroit. Meals are included. In Detroit you can either camp in a well-appointed state park or stay in a cozy lodge in Detroit Lake as a convenient add-on — you choose. Cost of the ride is $85 through Aug. 31, and $95 through Sept. 15. Meals to accommodate most dietary needs, portage, and sag support are included. Departure times are 8 a.m.
The rides are fully supported with sag wagons & rest stops at 15-mile intervals. An interpretive stop will highlight efforts to improve endangered fish runs, water quality improvements and forest reclamation. A celebration of the event will be held at the end of the rides and awards distributed.