Anaxshat Passage

Trip

Bikepack - Anaxshat Passage

A multi-day 118 mile bikepack through some of Central Oregon's most stunning scenery and terrain (total elevation gain 9,840', 47% paved and 53% unpaved). Starting from the town of Estacada, OR, this 3-4 day loop route travels along the beautiful Clackamas River before ascending through forested hills and riding along alpine lakes.

  • Bikepacking Gravel II, Bikepacking MTB II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 118.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,840 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,635 ft
  • Pace: 8-10 mph on gravel including hills

We will be meeting in the morning on July 2 at Estacada City Hall, OR. Cars can be parked overnight. The exact meeting time will be determined closer to the start of the trip. Details to follow for registered trip participants.

general ITINERARY

  • July 2: Estacada City Hall to Riverside Campground (mile 34)
  • July 3: Riverside Campground to  Timothy Lake Campgrounds (mile 64)
  • July 4: Timothy Lake Campgrounds to Twin Springs Campground (mile 93.5) or Dispersed Camping Along Abbot Road
  • July 5: Descend Abbot Road heading west to meet up with HW224 to ride north back to Estacada City Hall (mile 118).

Note: There are numerous campgrounds along the way. The campgrounds above may change based on availability.

leadership

This trip is a mentored lead for Ivan Breen. Dave Bryan is the trip co-leader.

trip goals and expectations

  • To have fun.
  • To ride safe.
  • To work as a team and support one another. 
  • To participate in group decision making.
  • To explore the Central Oregon backcountry by bike. 

difficulty

This trip is rated at MODERATE (Gravel 2, MTB 2) BUT, it is a multi-day trip. This is not a beginner trip. All trip participants should have experience with overnight and multi-day bikepacking. We will ride each day at a moderate pace, but you'll need to be able to maintain your stamina for a 4-day ride with weight. 

participation requirements

  1. EXPERIENCE: Participants need to have a minimum of 2 previous overnight bikepacking trips, and preferably, experience with at least one multi-day bikepacking trip. 
  2. BIKE: A bikepacking bike with a minimum of 2" tires. Note: Some of the terrain on this trip is chunky gravel. You need a bike that can handle this kind of terrain (skinny-tire gravel bikes are not appropriate). 
  3. SKILLS and FITNESS: Participants need to have the skills and fitness for a 4-day bikepacking trip: i.e. Mountaineers Bikepacking Course Graduate (or equivalent), a minimum of 2 previous overnight bikepacking trips, a demonstrated fitness routine, including ride training, that meets the difficulty and expectations of the trip.

Leader's Permission

Leader's Permission is required for this trip. Registration opens April 16 at 9:30am (please do not contact the leader before the registration opening date).

For permission to register on or after April 16, please email Ivan Breen and include the following:

  • A list of some previously completed overnight and/or multi-day bikepacking trips.
  • A description of your bike (make and model). Please include the tire width.
  • A description of how you meet the minimum skills and fitness expectations for the trip (see requirements above).

Participants will be added to the trip on a first-come first-served basis provided they meet the minimum requirements for the trip as determined by the trip leader. 

More Information

For more information on the Anaxshat Passage bikepackng route, please visit https://bikepacking.com/routes/anaxshat-passage/.

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • bikepacking bike with a minimum of 2" tires
  • bikepacking bags and carrying system for carrying bikepacking gear and supplies
  • bikepacking overnight camping gear
  • the 10 essentials
  • water filter
  • bear bag
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