Adventure Cycling, a 44,000 member non profit that promotes bike touring, has announced their latest route and it goes right through some of Oregon’s best riding areas. The 2,392 mile Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route runs from Sumas, Washington to Tecate, California.
According to the just-published information on their website, AC says the new route “runs roughly parallel to the Pacific Crest Trail along the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.” Here’s a bit more detail on the Oregon portion:
Section 2 begins at Mt. Rainier National Park and runs south to the wind surfing country of the Columbia Gorge and Hood River, Oregon. From there it skirts the Three Sisters Mountains through Bend, Oregon ending in Crater Lake National Park. This section intersects the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Route in Hood River and the TransAmerica Trail in Sisters, Oregon… After leaving the spectacular scenery of Wizard Island and Crater Lake, the route continues south to Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
This is great news for Oregon’s effort to boost bike tourism and reap all the economic benefits that recreational bicycling brings to our state. The route will also be a welcome addition to the excellent Ride Oregon website. Adventure Cycling is widely known and respected for their routes — like the Underground Railroad and the Great Divide routes — and, like those, the Sierra Cascades route is sure to bring many more bike travelers to our region.
Detailed maps won’t be available until mid-April, but you can download an overview here.