Put your pedals to the pavement with the Clackamas River Basin Council!
On June 30th at 9:00 a.m., we'll be hosting the second annual free Tour de Clack restoration-themed bicycle ride. Riders will convene at the Riverside Day Use Area at Milo McIver Park in Estacada, and depart on either a 30- or 50-mile loop through the watershed.
2,100' of elevation gain/loss
This route leaves Milo McIver beside River Mill Reservoir along a gravel path and then crosses the river into Estacada for the first stop--an installed bioswale at the Estacada Library. You'll then continue on through bucolic countyside and to a site on Eagle Creek near Bonnie Lure Park planted with native trees and shrubs as part of CRBC's SHADE OUR STREAMS project. Leaving here, you encounter the first two climbs and then a fast, fun descent to Barton Park and back over the river. The ride meanders on quiet roads through more farm land with fantastic views of the Clackamas River and Mount Hood. After another climb and downhill you arrive at the final stop--a fish habitat restoration project on Mattoon Road that features large woody debris, tree planting, and fish passage barrier removal. Shortly after leaving that stop the ride heads up Stormer Road, the last and most difficult climb. Don't worry, it's steep but quite short, and then you're a quick downhill away from the end of the ride and a dip in the Clack!
4,300' of elevation gain/loss
This more challenging option leads you through some of the finest road riding around. It departs along the same route as the 30 mile route and then splits off after the Bonnie Lure rest stop. Soon you head up Wildcat Mountain Drive and loop around the Bear Creek valley, through lush forests and past Eagle Fern Park. From there the ride gradually gains elevation through rolling hills to a rest stop at an engineered riffle and bridge replacement at Porter Road. More rolling hills lead you back down to the Clackamas River where you'll connect to the PGE multi-use path along the North Fork Reservoir. This will bring you to the last stop of the ride at Faraday Lake before you re-enter Milo McIver.
Participants can expect to see beautiful views of the upper Clackamas watershed, learn about the projects of CRBC, and have a great time!
Attendees should wear a helmet and bring a water bottle for refilling along the route. Water and snacks will be available at all stops, and the route also includes stores where items can be purchased. Riders must be age 15 and up.
Please note that though the ride is offered free of charge, we ask participants to support our hosts at Milo McIver State Park by paying the $5 entry fee. Participants can also consider making it a weekend getaway and camping at Milo McIver.
The Tour de Clack is funded by a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.