Join Cycle Wild for our Memorial Day weekend trip to lovely Silver Falls State Park! Silver Falls is the largest park in the Oregon State Park system, and has the amazing Trail of Ten Waterfalls, a 2 mile hiking trail of unparalleled scenic beauty.

This ride is intermediate to advanced. It is around 60 miles one way–the first 50-some are relatively flat, but the last 10 miles have a 1500′ climb from Silverton to the park. BUT, once we make it to the park, we have one whole day to explore before returning. We’ll leave Saturday morning, and return Monday afternoon. We have group site B reserved, which allows up to 25 people.

The cost for camping is $12 (plus Eventbrite fees). This will cover both the cost of the campsite, and firewood. Depending on how many campers we have, we might have extra to either refund or devote to Cycle Wild’s campsite reservation fund.

Register for the ride here!

Your ride leaders for this trip are Ed Groth and Ryan Good.

Hope to see you there!



Milo McIver, photo by Urban Adventure League

Pack your bags, pack your family, and join Cycle Wild for our first camping trip of the year!

There are perhaps easier bike camping trips in the Metro area, but Milo McIver State Park is certainly beginner friendly. If you ride a bike with some regularity this should be do-able. If you’re a seasoned bike camper, you’re welcome too, but this trip is ideal for beginners and families.

Milo McIver is located on the Clackamas River by lovely Estacada, Oregon. The park has miles of hiking paths, swimming in the Clackamas (bring your swimsuit!), and a couple of awesome disc golf courses (bring your discs, too!).

We’ve reserved the group campsite at Milo McIver, so there should be plenty of room to spread out. We are requiring pre-registration via Eventbrite. We will collect $6 per person at registration (+$1.14 in Eventbrite processing fees). If it turns out that there’s a surplus (after the site and firewood are paid for) it can either be refunded or put into the Cycle Wild Reservation Fund.

There will be a communal campfire, but you are responsible for your own food, cooking, and camping equipment. There will be a grocery stop about a mile from the campground.

To accommodate those on cargo, or otherwise oversized, bikes and for those who just might want to ride all the way, we’ll have 2 meeting places, one you can pedal to, and one you can reach by public transit.

The route is about 20 miles from Gresham to the campground.
Route here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4393818

If you have questions, please contact your fearless ride leaders, <a href=”mailto:goodsterman@yahoo.com?Subject=Milo%20McIver”>Ryan Good</a> and <a href=”mailto:54canoe@gmail.com?Subject=Milo%20McIver”>Andy Schmidt</a>.

Hope you can join us!



Come join Cycle Wild May 3rd & 4th for a brand new bike camping adventure out to Cascade Locks. Why is it new you ask???

#1: Newly completed Historic Columbia River Highway bike path from Troutdale to Cascade Locks makes for an amazing day of biking. This is an intermediate level trip involving hills and a crazy set of stairs. This ~50 mile bike ride will be one to remember.

#2: Bike beside Gorge highlights that include; Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Fish Hatchery, and Bonneville HOT Dam!

#3: Camping on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks ($10/per tent, payable the day of. Bring extra cash for firewood!). Special permission has been granted to Cycle Wild to allow us to camp on the island for the weekend. Located 1 block off of the main street and under the shadow of Bridge of the Gods. How rad is that!?

#4: Located just 70 yards from our camping on Thunder Island is the newly opened Thunder Island Brewery. Owners Dan and Dave have been notified that we will be visiting Cascade Locks for the weekend and are excited to welcome us.

#5: Fabulous dining opportunities in the town of Cascade Locks and ICE CREAM! Sam Hill’s Den, Char Burger, Cascade Inn, Cascade Locks Ale House and East Wind Drive-In (ice cream spot). But don’t worry, you can still bring your camp stove and prepare you food at the campground. We’ll leave the eating option to you. (Remember that you are always responsible for your own food on Cycle Wild trips.)

This trip is capped at 25 people. Register online via Eventbrite to get in on the island camping joy!

Questions? Please contact ride leaders Paul Zavitkovski and Lance Poehler.

Thanks and we hope you can join us.


The long-awaited time is here–Cycle Wild’s camping schedule for 2014! We’re really excited about this year’s schedule–we’ll be camping at some new locations and some old favorites. There are a few dates that still need to be ironed out, and we hope to add 1 or 2 mid-week overnight trips, too. We will update this schedule as that is decided. We hope you can join us for some camping this year!

Each trip will be individually advertised, and require registration through Eventbrite. So stick these dates in your calendar, and keep your eye on the website/Facebook/e-mail list for more details about each trip!

April 26-27 Milo McIver beginner Kid/Family-Friendly
May 3-4 Thunder Island/Cascade Locks intermediate check out island camping and the new brewery in town!
May 24-26 Silver Falls intermediate Memorial Day weekend, group site reserved for up to 25
June 14-15 Stub Stewart beginner Pedalpalooza beginner’s trip
July 4-6 Big Bottom wilderness advanced July 4th weekend, primitive camping
July 26-27 Panther Creek (WA) advanced PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
August 16-17 Mt. St. Helen’s area advanced
August 30-September 1 Cape Lookout intermediate-advanced Labor Day, option of Hwy 6 or Little Nestucca River Road
September 19-21 Columbia River Gorge intermediate 3-day mini-tour
late August or September Eastern Oregon advanced Annual trip, 1-2 weeks, details tba. Contact
if you know you are interested!


Hey folks, after teaching a few Bike Touring 101 workshops, we realize that some of you want something more. Some of you have experience, but just want more help in the planning process. So we’ve decided to craft a workshop around that. Here are the details:

Have you toured before, or are planning a bicycle tour? Do you need help to “connect the dots” and figure out the finer points of routing and logistics? Join us to learn more about how to make your tour come together. We’ll have a bunch of maps, but feel to bring your own. We’ll also have to time to work on a route of your own. PLEASE NOTE that this not a “basic” bicycle touring workshop.

Suggested donation of $3-10. Anyone who donates $5 or higher will get a copy of the Cycle Touring Primer, a $3 value.

Prerequisites: A basic bike touring workshop (like Bike Touring 101), previous touring experience, or equivalent.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Limited to six people.

This workshop will happen on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm in the Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd.


Vista House at Crown Point


PLEASE NOTE: This camping trip is not an “official” camping trip, but is being put on my myself, Shawn.

Right now the weather looks to be decent, dry and highs in the upper 50s F. What better time than now? And Ainsworth State Parkout in the Columbia Gorge has just opened for the season!

There are THREE TWO options for departure for this one!

  1. Team Morning (10 am)
  2. Team Afternoon (3 pm)
  3. Team Whenever (whenever)

Whichever one you choose, please RSVP me via the comments below or email to let me know if you are coming and if so, which departure option you are choosing.

Team Morning: Meet at the Cleveland Ave MAX Station (east end of the line for the Blue Line) at 10 am, Tuesday March 18. We’ll be departing from the station at 10:30 am. FOR THOSE OF YOU TAKING THE MAX OUT TO GRESHAM, we’ll wait for the Blue Line MAX that arrives at 10:31 am. It leaves:

  • Pioneer Square at 9:40 am
  • Rose Quarter TC at 9:52 am
  • Hollywood TC at 9:59 am
  • Gateway TC at 10:06 am

UPDATE 3/17: Since there was limited interest in Team Morning,it is no longer an official option. If you are still interested in an AM-ish departure, please get in touch.

Team Afternoon: Same details as above, but meeting at 3 pm and departing at 3:30 pm. MAX to get there on time leaves:

  • Pioneer Square at 2:39 pm
  • Rose Quarter TC at 2:52 pm
  • Hollywood TC at 2:56 pm
  • Gateway TC at 3:06 pm

Team Whenever: I feel this one is self-explanatory.

From there it’s about 25 miles to Ainsworth. We’ll stop at Women’s Forum/Chanticleer Point, Vista House/Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and other points if we want. As for supply options, we are NOT going to be stopping at a true grocery store or cafe on the way. We WILL stop at the country store in Corbett, which will be the best “stock up” option. Crown Point/Vista House serves coffee and has a few snacks, and Multnomah Falls has a larger snack bar, espresso stand, and fancy sit-down restaurant.

We hope to get one or two of the “walk-in” campsites at Ainsworth. They are located on the left when entering. Sites are $13, divided up x ways.

A good overall route map can be found here:



Yes, I know, this is sort of short notice, but that whole snow thing wrecked our schedules! But with spring on its way (for real!), now is a perfect time to think, plan, scheme, and talk about upcoming bike camping and touring adventures. We’ll be having TWO great back-to-back workshops in March, both workshops led by Cycle Wild board members Shawn Granton and Ed Groth!

First we’ll be having our Bicycle Touring 101 on Tuesday, March 4th. This will go over the things more specific to touring, like planning, and cost as well as day-to-day life on the road.

Then we’ll be having our Bike Camping 101 workshop on Wednesday, March 5th. We’ll be talking about the basics of two-wheeled camping: gear, where to camp, finding others to camp with, and many other tips.

Because both topics deserve a lot of time, please come to both if you are interested in both. We’re not going to talk much about bike camping during the touring workshop and vice versa. And asking a bunch of questions about bike camping during the touring workshop (or vice versa) will prevent us from talking about the topic on hand.

BOTH workshops are free. BOTH workshops start at 7pm on their respective dates, and will go on for at least two hours. BOTH workshops will take place in the basement of Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave in the historic Hollywood District.

Hope to see you there!

Please let us know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!


Matt Picio, co-founder of of Cycle Wild, has lovingly donated much of his free time in the past five years to Cycle Wild’s trips, classes, advocacy, maps, and paper-pushing. He’s stepping down from the board to focus on other projects (and to plan a wedding!) So let’s give him a proper sendoff – Cycle Wild style – surround by bikes and with some delicious beer!

Cycle Wild Happy Hour & Picio ‘Preciation
Friday, 1/24 6PM
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave

We’ll also have a short sneak preview presentation of our new membership structure, and current board members will be available to talk to new potential board members and ride leaders. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering your time, our board is the best board. (No bias there at all, clearly.)

Hope to see you there!

December 4th – Champoeg


Editors Note: This ride report somehow languished in the drafts folder here for almost three years. This tour happened over Memorial Day 2011. But anything to read about bike touring during these dismal days are better than nothing, right?

Nate who joined us for the Eugene ride on his second Cycle Wild trip, wrote a short recap of our adventure. An edited version of it is below. Here’s a picture of Nate:

On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend at 7:30ish in the morning, seven gear-laden cycles and their riders met at the Clackamas Town Center stop at the end of the green line. After a short speech from our ride leader, Lillian, we were given cue sheets and got on the road.

Our route followed the I-205 bike path down to Oregon City, where we crossed a river and climbed the meanest, shortest hill of the trip. (Two of our riders actually took the Oregon City elevator part way up the hill!) Oregon City passed quickly, and we found ourselves on rolling hills surrounded by sparse homes, lots of trees, and the occasional scent of cow. After a brief lunch and the second of many repair stops on the trip in Canby (and meeting up with our eighth trip member) we continued to roll south through very similar terrain under an unexpectedly sunny sky into Silverton, where we were treated like kings and queens at the wonderful bike shop in town (we needed more repairs.)

The bike shop even had ramps in the parking lot for doing BMX tricks! We ended the day in Scio, where the group was able to stay under the good graces of a contact we found on www.warmshowers.org (there’s a severe campground lack in that part of the Willamette Valley). Our host, who has crossed the country by bicycle twice at seventy years old, was very generous, providing us with delicious pasta and salad for dinner, a floor to camp on (two campers set up their tents in the backyard, but the floor looked pretty comfy to the rest of us).

Day two featured a little climbing early in the day, but became a mostly flat ride with gorgeous views of the Willamette river valley, greenery all around us.

This flatness was appreciated particularly by one of our number, who heroically rode the whole way on a single speed with a basket on the front. We observed miles and miles of grass farms, and coasted into Eugene in the evening, where we stayed at an urban eco-village in town. Once we settled in, we immediately found our way to the Pizza Research Institute where we happily stuffed our faces. After winding down, and a good nights rest, the group went separate ways in the morning, with some folks busing back, some riding the train, and one workhorse riding all the way back in one day.

This trip was strangely full of technical problems. The first day saw a minor fall, a flat, a nearly broken front derailleur cable, a broken pedal and a saddle that needed replacing. The second day saw a problematic kickstand, and two flats in the last mile. However, despite all of these problems, we were hardly slowed. Through the help of two bike shops, a gracious host, and each other, we managed to bike ourselves all the way to Portland to Eugene, and have fun doing it.

See even more pictures from the ride at Flickr.