LENGTH 71 Miles | DIFFICULTY Challenging

Nearby cities: Detroit, Estacada

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The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway follows the winding Breitenbush and Clackamas Rivers in a 70-mile route between Detroit and Estacada. All along this route, water and rock interact to create a place of dramatic beauty and inspiration. Cyclists may experience glimpses of elk or a fluttering grouse or rest along the route to a symphony of forest songbirds.

The bikeway parallels the Brietenbush and Clackamas Rivers along rocky riffles, quiet pools and reservoirs. Experienced riders who seek a challenge will be most attracted to this 72-mile route of forested splendor that starts with a 17-mile, 1,985-foot climb out of Detroit cresting at an elevation of 3,583 feet. The remainder of the route is a long 3,125 foot descent ending with a cruise past historic Faraday Dam into Estacada.The Estacada Station Cycling Plaza offers a number of amenities at the end of the route.

A shorter, family-friendly ride starting just south of Estacada to Faraday Dam and back is available.

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There are multiple developed and undeveloped locations to camp along the route including Forest Service the following US Forest Service campgrounds:

Information about road conditions from Oregon Department of Transportation’s TripCheck.