Bicycling

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Willamette National Forest is home to “epic” mountain bike trails and scenic options for road cycling.

Two of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways are on the Willamette National Forest. Managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program is the first of its kind in the country. Bikeways are official state-designated routes with printable maps, gps and on-road signage. Learn more at http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_scenicBikeways

Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway: 70 miles one way
Ride along the Clackamas and Breitenbush rivers from Estacada to Detroit, with very little but wilderness, rivers and trees along the route. The road closes each winter due to snow.

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway: 35 miles one way
Start in Sisters and follow Hwy 242, an 1860s wagon route that includes views of Mt. Washington and lava flows. The steep descent to Belknap Hot Springs has switchbacks through dense, verdant Cascadian forests. This bikeway is closed to motor vehicles each spring for car-free riding.

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