75 Classic Rides Oregon  by Jim Moore

75 Classic Rides Oregon Guide Book

by Jim Moore (The Mountaineers Books)
75 Classic Rides Oregon  by Jim Moore
Whether you’re a visitor trying to pick out the places you want to ride on a vacation, a resident looking to expand your in-state adventures, or even someone who’s just decided to start riding, you’re going to find rides in this book that will deliver the essence of Oregon road cycling. Within a few hours’ drive you can choose from a menu of cycling pleasures: Ride above crashing ocean breakers, high on a coastal cape; pedal smoothly through a silent old-growth forest; roll past fields of bountiful crops and majestic century-old barns; complete a scenic loop around a river in the middle of a bustling city; swoop down through a red-rock canyon in the high desert; spin on sagebrush-lined roads so wide open that you can see 10 miles down them; or climb a mountain pass next to the music of a rushing stream.

© 2012 Jim Moore /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "75 Classic Rides Oregon" Guide Book
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This is one of those rides that’s even better than you remembered. It’s not that there’s one particularly epic thing about it—there are other cool forest roads, other rolling valleys, bigger climbs, a ...
Corvallis, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 58.9
Some rides create memories that don’t fade—a challenging climb, an exhilarating descent, a stretch of streamside splendor, an incomparable view—and this ride has all of them, in that order. I ended ...
Medford, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 58.4
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What makes it so special? It’s a combination of factors. For one, the scenery is unbeatable. In the direction this route is mapped, you follow one gorgeous river up the hill, pick up another one on th ...
Oakridge, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 63.6
Beauty in scenery is a highly subjective thing. Some appreciate the lush canopy of Northwest forests. Many savor the fertile swells of wine country. Others claim nothing compares to the salty rugged ...
Maupin, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 52.0
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If you have any interest in Oregon's history, here's a route that starts on the Oregon Trail and goes to a site of Oregon's version of the gold rush - with tasty scenery in between. Start in downtown ...
Baker City, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 59.2
There's an ethos among hardcore backcountry skiing types: You can't go down anything you didn't climb up on your own. No chairlifts for these skiiers. Well you're going to get one of the fastest downh ...
Hillsboro, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45.1
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One of the beauties of the rail trail is that it’s simple to do an out-and-back with the kids or friends—just head out and try to gauge when everyone’s had half enough. If you don’t want to climb much ...
Portland, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 20.65
While they’re not typically a beauty to behold, freeways come from a good concept: an unfettered transportation corridor right through town that you can get on and o? at regular intervals. Well, th ...
Ashland, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17.7
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I was going to call this route (combined with Frenchglen to Burns, Ride 71) Th e Road to Nowhere, but some folks in Diamond let me know that they don’t appreciate the term “the middle of nowhere” for ...
Burns, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 60.1
The Central Oregon Cascades have a plethora of resort developments; between the numerous fair-weather activities and the proximity to superb skiing at Mount Bachelor, this is prime vacation territory. ...
Santa Clara, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21.4
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Actually, this is more like two rides; just look at the elevation profile. It’s basically a nosweat jaunt through the pastoral Applegate Valley—punctuated by scaling a sheer wall in the woods. T ...
Grants Pass, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 72.6
Both Hood River and The Dalles feature almost magically fertile valleys, where the local fruit in particular is renowned far and wide. This route takes you up through the cherry orchards, delivering ...
Portland, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15.65
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Corvallis is one of those lovely mediumsize college towns, with an old-fashioned downtown and its iconic courthouse, the leafy campus, plus great parks and schools. It’s the kind of town you can get a ...
Corvallis, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 12.75
There are so many rides like this in Oregon— start from a small town, go up a big climb through an old forest, come over a pass with views for miles, and rip down the road to another small town—that i ...
Cottage Grove, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 59.6
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This ride starts in Scio (pronounced like “silo” without the “l”) and offers five different covered bridges, one of which you get to cross twice. Th e route is kind of a drunken @ ...
Jefferson, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 49.1
There are other rides in America that might reach this level of awe-inspiring scenery— but none of them is a loop around the edge of a surreally blue volcanic lake nearly 2000 feet deep. So, not to st ...
Roseburg, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 32.6
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If just riding around the rim of Crater Lake isn’t your favored strategy—if you want to ride to the lake—this is the prettiest approach. Plus you can ride up to it, decide if you want to ride around i ...
Medford, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 58.65
Four words you don’t hear very often: 40 miles of downhill. This route gives you the chance to cruise down the road for a couple hours along the idyllic North Umpqua River, then take a quiet forest ro ...
Roseburg, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 89.4
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Sure, one’s a “mountain” and one’s a butte— but the cool thing is that Mount Tabor and Rocky Butte are both actually extinct volcanic cones. How often can you say you rode to the top of two volcanoes ...
Portland, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 18.1
This is a route everyone who lives in or visits Portland should ride, run, walk, or spin in a wheelchair. It provides a wonderful, easy excursion as well as an unusual angle on downtown Portland; inst ...
Portland, OR - Road Biking - Trail Length: 3.0
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