2014 Tour de Clack
The third annual Tour de Clack was a great success with about 50 riders joining CRBC for a restoration-themed bicycle ride through the Clackamas watershed. The weather was perfect, everyone finished the ride and fun was had by all! Riders on the 30- and 50- mile routes, whether local or from out of town, explored the Clackamas River Basin and were treated to country landscapes and scenic views while having the opportunity to visit restoration projects of CRBC first-hand. Highlighted projects included a vegetated bioswale at the Estacada Library, fish passage barrier removal in Delph Creek, a streamside planting along Eagle Creek, and improvements to fish habitat in Clear Creek. HUGE THANKS to everyone that participated and volunteered! See you next year!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Tour de Clack returns to the Clackamas watershed June 14th, 2014. Space is limited. Register today!
Riders will convene at the Riverbend Day Use Area at Milo McIver Park in Estacada, and depart on either a 32 or 48 mile loop through the watershed.
1,900' of elevation gain/loss
This route traverses Milo McIver, leaves the park 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 countryside 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!
3,200' of elevation gain/loss
The 48-mile loop also made use of the PGE multi-use path along the Clackamas River.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 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.