Cascading Rivers Ride

The Cascading Rivers Rides, now in its 4th year, offers a challenging new option unlike any ride offered before. It is the Timothy Lake Gravel Ride. Read the details here, then register at

Timothy Lake Gravel Ride

It is a challenging one-day ride (your choice of 32 or 84 miles) to one of Oregon’s most popular mountain lakes. The 84 mile option starts in Estacada then travels along the national designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas and Oak Grove Fork rivers. You may begin in Estacada or, after checking in, drive to Ripplebrook and begin your ride there for the 32-mile ride. Follow the scenic bikeway to Ripplebrook Store and from there continue east 15 miles on Forest Road 57 that is mostly gravel as it follows one of the Cascades most pristine streams with elevation gain of about 2,800 feet. At the picnic area (lunch stop) you may choose to return to Ripplebrook, or ride the 11 mile Timothy Lake scenic trail around the lake and cruise back to Ripplebrook and Estacada where a meal with beverage is waiting.

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018. Arrive at 7:30 am. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet. Start is at 8 am-10 am. Leave Timothy Lake by 2 pm for return by 5 pm. Cost: $55 thru 7/31 includes meals. Register early because price goes to $60 from 8/1 to 8/31 and $65 in September to the start of the race.

Killer Fang

Aptly named for the treacherous rapid where the Clackamas River dives beneath a house-sized boulder to reappear a hundred feet downstream, this route is designed for seasoned riders with some time devoted to ascending and descending mountain terrain.

The route follows Hwy 224 east to Ripplebrook Store beside four nationally designated wild and scenic streams and then heads south on Forest Road 46 along the Cascades backbone where the Clackamas’ threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead still spawn, then onward to Detroit, a distance of 72 miles. The routes elevation gain is 3,100 feet from Estacada and 1,900 returning from Detroit — but mostly 6 to 7% grades. After an overnight stay in a state park or lodging in Detroit, the route returns to Estacada on Sunday. The ride includes two boxed lunches, a dinner and breakfast in Detroit, and an evening meal with beverage in Estacada. A shuttle provides service between the campsite and Detroit on Saturday night.

Saturday, Sept 29-Sunday, Sept 30. Arrive in Estacada at Cycling Plaza at 7:30 am on Saturday. Check in and pick up packet with map and cue sheet. Start is at 8 am-10 am. On Sunday, leave Detroit at 8 am-10 am for return trip to Estacada by 5 pm. Cost of $95 (now thru July 31) includes meals plus camping or $20 towards room. Early registration is encouraged since price goes to $105 in August and to $125 in September.

Raging Rapids

This ride provides two choices of 35 or 52 miles east on the scenic bikeway along shaded rivers and rollicking rapids. You begin cruising leisurely Faraday Road, North Fork Lake and east where the waters begin to quicken and the rafts and kayaks bob among the frothy waters at Carter Bridge, home to the Northwest’s largest whitewater festival that occurs each May. 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. Now pedal easily back to Estacada for a meal and beverage in a restaurant of your choice.

Sunday, Sept. 30. Arrive for the Raging Rapids Ride on Sunday at 9:30 am at the Estacada Cycling Plaza. Check in and pick up your packet with a map and cue sheet. Start is at 10 am to 12 noon with return to Estacada by 5 pm. The cost of $45 includes a meal. Register early for the best value. Price goes to $50 in August and to $55 in September.

Little Riffles

This is a flat social ride mostly along a gated road for casual riders and children. You have a choice to begin at City Hall Cycling Station or at the Faraday West Hydro parking area, the latter is away from the highway. This is a 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 Fork dams, all on a gated, car-free road. Keep your eyes peeled for waterfowl, the occasional osprey or bald eagle. The turnaround is at the North Fork Lake lower boat ramp.

Sept. 30. For the Little Riffles, arrive between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 30. Start is 12 noon to 2 pm with return to Estacada by 5 pm. Pricing is $10 for a single rider or $25 for a family through July. In August, the individual price is $12.50 and the family group price is $25. The price goes to $15 and $30 in September.