Northern Oregon Tour Redux
August 6 - 14, 2022
Nine days • Seven stages • 400+ miles • 32,000’
Led by Bill Oetinger
Entry fee: $500 • Roster limit: 50, including staff (a wait list will be maintained)
This tour was originally scheduled for summer of 2020 but had to be cancelled because of COVID. Members who had been signed up for that tour will be given a one-day head start on registration.
A clockwise loop around Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, featuring a journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway. A reinvention of a 2007 club tour but with significantly shorter, easier stages. Camping on seven nights—all camp meals included—and one night in a motel. (Cost of motel and restaurant dinner not included in tour fee.) Luggage and all supplies and support equipment transported by truck. One sag wagon on course each day. Cooperative touring: all participants share in the tasks of keeping the tour moving. For more information on the club's approach to touring, download the SRCC Tour Primer.
Saturday, August 6
Car pool from Santa Rosa To Silver Falls State Park (east of Salem). Approximately 11-hour drive, including lunch stop. Tour returns here at the finish. Car pool fleet to be stored for the week in a gated, locked lot in the park.
Sunday, August 7, Stage 1: Silver Falls State Park to Estacada; 64 miles, 5100’ up, 5900’ down
Small climbs and descents all day as we head north through the wooded foothills of the Cascades along the eastern flank of the Willamette Valley. Overnight on the back lawn of Estacada High School. Showers.
Monday, August 8, Stage 2: Estacada to Troutdale; 56 miles, 4850’ up, 5250’ down
Another day heading north through the rolling, wooded hills east of Portland. Overnight at a Comfort Inn near the town of Troutdale. Dining out on the town. Full breakfast at motel.
Tuesday, August 9, Stage 3: Troutdale to Hood River; 60 miles, 4300’ up, 3600’ down
The first of two days riding through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge on the Historic Highway or its adjacent Historic State Trail. Off-the-chart scenery all day. Overnight at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. Showers.
Wednesday, August 10, Stage 4: Hood River to Dufur; 59 miles, 4000’ up, 3450’ down
The eastern section of the Historic Highway in the gorge and also beautiful hill country above Hood River to start and rolling hills south of The Dalles to finish. Overnight in a city-run park in Dufur. Showers and a big swimming pool.
Thursday, August 11, Stage 5: Dufur to Clackamas Lake; 59 miles, 6300’ up, 4300’ down
Long, gradual climbs—and some descending —up and over the shoulder of Mt Hood in the vast national forest. Overnight at a pretty lake deep in the woods. No showers but the lake is right there...and we'll set up our portable shower.
Friday, August 12, Stage 6: Clackamas Lake to Detroit Lake; 52 miles, 3200’ up, 4900’ down
Heading down out of the mountains on remote forest roads. Overnight at a USFS camp on a quiet corner of the big lake. No showers but we'll rig our portable shower.
Saturday, August 13, Stage 7: Detroit Lake to Silver Falls State Park; 53 miles, 2600' up, 2800' down; 54 miles, 4300' up, 4500' down
West along the Santiam River and then up into the wooded hills around the beautiful state park. After the stage, hiking in the park to some of the ten waterfalls for which the park is famous. Showers.
Sunday, August 14
Car pool from Silver Falls SP to Santa Rosa. Approximately 11-hour drive, including lunch break.
Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that neither the tour’s remaining participants nor the Club will incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time, less a $25 fee. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the tour and final expenses are tabulated.
We reserve the right to cancel or modify trips for any reason if circumstances make it necessary. In the event that SRCC needs to cancel, we will do our best to provide a 30 day notice and a full refund for monies received. Refunds will be for the tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, and do not include transportation, hotel or other expenses incurred on the part of tour participants. Tours are generally held rain or shine. Thanks for your support and understanding.
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