falls creek hinterland is A mixed terrain adventure route on pavement, gravel, dirt, singletrack and possibly snow. There are so many variations possible in this corner of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. taken in full, it's A breathtaking ballbuster, but can be broken into several shorter loops w/ gentle gradients, smooth forest roads with multiple choose-your-own-adventure options. Staged as #3 in the unpaved/omtm ride series.
Within moments of turning onto Bear Creek Road, you are immersed in the mountains, and don't return until the end of the route. If you have time and lights - be sure to explore some of the Lava Cave. There are also plenty of camping spots along the way should you wish to take more time with your journey.
- Bear Creek Rd / NF 68 : An endless smooth gravel climb up to Grassy Knoll with lovely views of Mt. Hood.
- Crossing the Panther Creek Experimental Forest and the PCT
- Panther Creek Falls and the lovely paved Panther Creek Road
- The Falls Creek Lava Cave
- The Falls Creek Mountain Bike Trail - Advanced riders only!
- Falls Creek Falls
- Trout Creek Experimental Forest
- The higher elevations of the route will be under snow until about April
- Many shorter bailout options in the cuesheet
- Tires: 28c+ for short route, 38c + for long route with the Falls Creek Trail. Overall road conditions are very smooth except for the trail which contains some technical features - especially on tires as small as 38c. If you'd like to bypass the singletrack, I recommend taking NF 60 (Carson Guler Rd.) down to the Wind River Rd instead. This is an epic journey in itself and mostly smooth pavement. Mostly. That said - the trail journey is really the highlight of the route.
- Be prepared to filter your own water from the many fresh streams
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ROUTE FORMAT: LOOP
SURFACE: 70% MAINTAINED gravel/dirt forest road, 10% SINGLETRACK, 20% PAVED
TIRES: MINIMUM OF 35C, 38c+ RECOMMENDED
BIKE: CYCLOCROSS/GRAVEL/RIGID 29ER
WATER/SERVICES: WATER/FOOD IN carson. two large bottle minimum. no water refills along route. have the means to filter/treat water and be prepared to do so!