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SewCrates 04-10-2011 09:53 AM

Boring to Detroit
I'm very interested in a two-day adventure to Detroit and back in the next few weeks and was just looking for people's experiences on the route [224]. I saw some nice praise for the scenery at "the long haul" blog, and I'm aware of the elevation profile and lack of resources for long stretches. What else should I know?

cyclotouriste 04-18-2011 02:24 PM

224 is great. Amissegger from Boring to Barton is a little narrow, and slightly busy, but you should be fine. 224 from Barton to Estacada is completely flat and has a generous shoulder the whole way. Past Estacada, the traffic falls way off.

One VERY IMPORTANT THING: about a mile outside of Estacada, you'll see the PGE Westside Hydro Project. Ignore the "Dead End" signs and take that turn, and go around the gate at the end of the parking lot. You'll get to ride a beautiful, flat road that winds through the woods along the river with no cars rather than slogging up a 2 mile, 8% grade with cars zooming by. When you rejoin 224 in 6 miles, you'll be nearly to Promontory Park, after which the traffic disappears almost completely.

Finally, there's plenty of potable water at campgrounds until you get to Ripplebrook, after which there is none at all until maybe Breitenbush.

jeff 04-19-2011 06:36 AM

SC, you might want to check with the Clackamas Ranger District (503.630.6861) on road condition - i don't think they plow it all the way through in the winter, and with recent low snow levels it could still be snowed in up around the pass.

jeff 04-19-2011 06:47 AM

actually, you'd be better off calling the Detroit RD - 503.854.3366 - since why 224 becomes forest service road 46 towards Detroit/Breitenbush. Nothing on their website about it.

cyclotouriste 07-05-2011 03:05 PM

Just an FYI for folks who might use this for a reference: Faraday Road is closed due to slides. I have no idea when they're going to reopen it. Until they do, you'll just have to go on 224 over the big hill. Check with PGE for more information.

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