Bikepacking is the combination of self-supported multi-day adventures and all-terrain cycling. It is like backpacking on a bike. Oregon might be the best state for bikepacking. It's a great way to explore, easier than you might think, and provides a lot of fun cycling time.
COWs Camping Insurance
Central Oregon Wheelers are very supportive of bikepacking events. To this end we will help ride leaders with some of their financial obligation on a bikepacking trip. Specifically, we will reimburse a ride leader for a camping deposit they make for campsites that went unused, up to $200 a night. We know campsites are difficult to get, and a ride leader needs to act quickly. Sometimes mother nature doesn't care and a nearby wildfire will bring un-rideable smoke, or some other impediment to the ride. Make sure the ride is on the COWs Calendar and let the COWs treasurer know how much "insurance" backing you need as you organize your trip.
Bikepacking Trips and Membership
COWs bikepacking events are for members! We only allow guests to ride one ride before requiring them to become members. This is our insurance company's requirement. Given that bikepacking events are multiday, everyone on a COWs bikepacking trip needs to be a member. They will get supplementary medical insurance if something bad happens.
Organizing a Bikepacking Adventure
Often a bikepacking adventure starts with a beer, a friend, and an idea. If you and your friend are new to bikepacking, take a simpler overnighter to test your equipment and learn what you like. Be prepared for the good and the bad, that somewhat defines adventure. Read about bikepacking, the links below are a good start. Choose a route that is well traveled and well written about, like the ones below. Personally I like trips that include old friends and new faces I met through the Club. Don't forget to submit your trip to the Club so it can be placed on the Calendar, and you will have some additional medical insurance, and you can get reimbursed for campground deposits if need be. Reserve your campsites, the competition for sites, post-pandemic, is horrendous. Relax. Have a great time!
Possible Bikepacking Routeshttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/35780912
|Frog Lake||2||1||45||3,000||67||Frog Lake||https://bikepacking.com/routes/frog-lake-loop/|
|Haystack Reservoir from Redmond||2||1||57||2,500||44||Redmond||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35488994|
|Pine Mtn Observatory Loop||2||1||80||4,400||55||Bend||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35530134|
|Priest Hole Walt Mitch||3||2||93||7,500||81||Mitchell||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35489209|
|Thunder in Paradise Bikepacking Loop||3||2||98||11,600||118||Trinity Hot Springs, Id|
|Cowichan Valley 8||3||2||118||6,100||52||Victoria, BC|
|Many Cascade Lakes||3||2||116||5,100||44||Cultus Lake||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35780912|
|The Anaxshat Passage||3||2||120||9,800||82||Estacada|
|Bitterroot 300||3||2||167||5,000||30||Wallace Id||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35481975|
|Fire Ice Fall Creek||4||3||121||11,600||96||Carson, Wa||https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35569183|
|Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer||4||3||152||11,600||76||Prineville||
|The Oregon Outback||6||5||364||14,400||40||K-Falls||https://bikepacking.com/routes/oregon-outback/|
Vetted Online Resources
Your First Bikepack - Bikepacking.comAdvice for New Bikepackers from 5 Experienced Riders - Bikepacking.com
Getting Started - REI
Oregon Outback Video 2021 - YouTube