Portland-Ripplebrook-Portland

 

Ride: Portland-Ripplebrook-Portland 200
Organizer: David Parsons, Ed Groth
Date: June 30, 2012
Start Time: 7:00 am
Registration Time: 6:00 am - 6:50 am
Finish By: 8:30 pm
Entry Fee: $15
Start Location: Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR)

Description:

This loop starts in NE Portland, winds its way southwest through a mix of city streets, then deposits you onto the Springwater Trail for a quick(ish) run out onto the wilds of Clackamas County near Boring.

The river rushes alongside the road

From Boring, you hop onto quiet backroads for a fast (if somewhat hilly) run up to Estacada, where you jump onto the somewhat busier Clackamas Highway (with a small detour along PGE’s Faraday and North Fork reservoirs) for a 25 mile gentle climb alongside the Clackamas River up into the foothills of Mount Hood at Ripplebrook. When you reach the long steep ramp after the fourth bridge, you will be almost to the turnaround control at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station.

Ripplebrook MLCM

Turning around here, you return on the Clackamas Highway all the way down into the tiny village of Barton, where the route jumps off onto scenic backroads to take you into Oregon City where you can take a short dinner break before jumping back onto city streets for the last 13 miles back up to Velo Cult.

Elevation gain? 4000 feet, more or less, though the vast majority of this is so gradual that you will not notice it. You might want to look at the map, the elevation profile, or the FINAL cue sheet (PDF) or cue sheet (XLS) for more details.

If you are familiar with the Portland-Ripplebrook-Portland permanent, you will already know this route; if not, you can get an idea of the scenery by looking at these photosets.

All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.

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