This is part 1/2 of the Oregon Coast Bike Route. The route spans the entire coast, Astoria to Brookings. The route was created by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Most of the shoulders on the southbound side of scenic hwy 101 are widened and the route is very well signed. On top of that there are many state parks on the Oregon coast that have hiker/biker sites which charge only $4 per person per night. If that wasn’t cool enough many of those camp grounds have free hot showers!
- Bellingham Around Lake Samish
I’m showing a bit of my local pride with this bike map. This ride starts in Bellingham, loops around Lake Samish, and back. The whole ride is a little more than 20 miles. It’s a nice ride with a few hills at the beginning and end of the route. I love riding this on a nice sunny day. The ride past the crest of the hill on Samish is great. There is a good downhill slope and the scenery is really nice, especially along the lake. I also recommend this as a training ride. It isn’t really all that long but the hills can be killer if you aren’t used to riding a lot.
- Bellingham Hill Ride
This is my hill training ride. The goal of the ride is to hit up all the hills in town. It’s a good training ride, it’s short and a pain in the ass.
Bellingham to Deception Pass.
This route starts at the Peace Arch park on the Canadian-U.S. border. It ends at the Deception Pass State Park campground. The total distance is 73 miles. Initially the route is flat and fairly rural. The turn onto Marine Dr. signals the route entering the city of Bellingham and city type traffic conditions. Once it leaves Bellingham the route hugs the coastline and becomes more hilly but never very extreme. Overall the route is very scenic and a pleasure to ride. If you are riding during the right season you can stop at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market on Railroad Ave. or at a small roadside produce stand on Chuckanut Dr. and Colony Rd. for some great local produce.
This is an interesting ride through a highly productive agricultural area of California. The ride out of Capitola is nice, it winds through the outskirts of the Santa Cruz suburbs and then drops into farmland. The route passes by Castroville which is considered ‘the artichoke capitol of the world.’ Every year the town elects an artichoke queen who presides over a parade. That title has been held by at least one famous lady, Miss Marilyn Monroe. Once past Castroville the route starts to creep into Monterey. At the end of Del Monte Blvd the route gets on a path which follows hwy 1 into Monterey. The end of the route is at the top of the tallest hill in Monterey, Veterans Memorial Park. The park has biker sites available but they aren’t well marked. The total distance of the route is 43 mi.
- County Line Park to Ft. Stevens SP
This route is pretty simple. Head west until the turn off for the ferry to Westport; head west Warrenton; Follow signs to Ft. Stevens. The riding isn’t so simple though. The route goes through the Coastal Range which means lots of hills. Then there is all the traffic on hwy 30. Overall it is a good ride though. Especially once you get to Astoria. It’s a nice town.
This route starts at the top of Whidbey Island and ends at the mouth of the Hood Canal. The route is 63 mi. long. The route on Whidbey is really pleasant with rolling hills, small towns, and lots of great views. Port Townsend is a neat town that is wort a stop if you have a chance. The route then winds through forested coastline with scattered towns before coming to the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. The bridge deck is grating which is very hazardous to cyclists. There is a metal plate on the side of the road which you should ride on (I learned this the hard way). The Kitsap Memorial Park is not far from the bridge. It has a hiker-biker section in the forest across the road from the main camping area.
This is a portion of the Oregon Coast Bike Route. This section is especially excellent because it starts and ends with two great breweries. The Ft. George brewery is located in Astoria, OR and the Rogue Brewery is in Newport, OR. The riding between the two is mostly flat with great ocean views. I highly recommend spending some time at Devil�s Punchbowl SP and grabbing Mo�s chowder while you are there.
This route starts and ends at WWU. It heads north to Ferndale then south to the tip of the Lummi peninsula (Gooseberry Point) then back to WWU. The total distance is 50 miles.
This is a portion of the California Coast Bike Route. It hugs the coast the entire way and has excellent views all along the route. The breweries at either end of the routes are also excellent. Half Moon Bay offers more standard American brews with an imperial IPA that in my mind was very well balanced. Santa Cruz Mountain brewery offers more unique brews with a mix of styles from Europe and America. Don’t for get to stop at the Swanton Berry Farms north of Davenport. They have great fruit and give a 10% discount to bikers!
- North Bend, OR to Brookings, OR
This is part 2/2 of the Oregon Coast Bike Route. The route spans the entire coast, Astoria to Brookings. The route was created by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Most of the shoulders on the southbound side of scenic hwy 101 are widened and the route is very well signed. On top of that there are many state parks on the Oregon coast that have hiker/biker sites which charge only $4 per person per night. If that wasn’t cool enough many of those camp grounds have free hot showers!
This route starts and ends at WWU in Bellingham, WA. It heads out Samish Way to Alger; out to hwy 9; west on Prairie Rd; north on Chuckanut Dr. back to WWU. The total distance is 42 miles.
This route is a test of the saved routes system.
This is a long ride, 87 miles total. Most of it is easy riding through farmland. There is a big hill about halfway through the day but it’s short and the decline lasts for a while after it which makes the day easier. There are a couple of small towns on the route but they aren’t much to see. I did make a detour in Shelton so that part of the route could be changed. The route ends at the Olympic Club in Centralia.