Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bikenfest 2012: Hood River - Camp Baldwin

Oregon Randonneurs

Update 9/30/2012: Posted alternative route because a wildfire has closed the Twin Tunnels trail. The alternative route follows I-84 for 5 miles between Hood River and Mosier. A short section has been added near the end of the route so the route has 200 km. Pre-ride notes are posted below. Route sheet and Bikeroutetoaster links are provided for the alternative route. If the twin tunnels trail opens before the ride, we will use the original route. If the trail is closed, we will use the alternative route.

Update 9/16/2012: Cycled route in 9h46, 8,700 feet elevation gain, temperatures between 51 and 89 degrees. Updated route sheet and added GPS link to bike route toaster. Details below.

Ride: Bikenfest 2012 - Hood River/Camp Baldwin Loop
Organizers: John Kramer
Date: Saturday, Oct 6, 2012
Distance: 200km (124 miles)
Results: Here
Pre-ride Report: coming soon
Sunrise: 07:11 Sunset: 18:38 (calendar)
Who's Riding?: Riders
Rider Expectations: Here
Start Time: 07:30 Saturday Oct 6, 2012
Finish Time: 21:00 Saturday Oct 6, 2012
Registration Time: 06:45-07:15
Entry Fee: $10 Checks should be payable to "Oregon Randonneurs." Register Now!

Starting Location: Hood River Marina adjacent (to the west) of the Hood River Tool Bridge.

Take Exit 64 and go towards the Hood River Bridge. Turn west at East Port Marina Drive and find your way to the parking lot west of the toll booth. We will meet by the restrooms on the South side of the parking lot.

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Description: This route was first offered in 2006 and is also available as a permanent. This is a challenging but scenic 200k route with about 8,300 feet of elevation gain starting in Hood River, Oregon. The route follows the scenic highway along the Columbia River, through the Twin Tunnels trail to The Dalles and continues in the wheat fields east of The Dalles to Dufer, Oregon. From Dufer the route climbs to Camp Baldwin and the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are picture perfect views of Mt. Hood and a great decent to OR 35, the Mt. Hood Highway. The route continues to Cooper Spur Ski Area resort where there is a great downhill run to Parkdale Oregon. From Parkdale the route returns to the start at the Hood River Marina. Parking for the ride is at the Hood River Marina parking lot next to the Hood River Bridge. Unfortunately the Port will close the showers for the season on October 1.

Services are widely spaced on this route. You will be able to find store(s) at mile 25 in The Dalles, mile 58 in Dufur and at mile 102 in Parkdale. There is also a resort at mile 86, Cooper Spur where you can get drinks and snacks.

Note: There is significant forest fire activity this year. This post will be updated if there is any news of significant forest fire activity along the route.

(Alternative Route to avoid Twin Tunnels wildfire closure)
Preride Notes 9/30/2012: A railroad wildfire started Wednesday 9/26/2012 at I-84 mp 66 east of Hood River. The wildfire has closed the Twin Tunnels trail until further notice. The route alternative follows I-84 between Hood River and Mosier. A short section has been added near the end of the route so the route has 200km.

Cycled alternative route in 8h54, 8,300 feet elevation gain, temperatures between 59 and 84 degrees. Just took road bike and arm warmers on this trip.

Miles 0-5: The I-84 freeway shoulder is not too bad but you still have to watch for debris. This section is flat and the traffic isn't bad at 07:30. I was off the freeway in about 15 minutes.

Miles 0-40: Mostly flat after Rowena so this is where you can bank some time.

Mile 62.5: There is a fourteen mile climb to the watershed summit. Temperature at the summit was 64 degrees.

Mile 82: The pavement has some issues. You can still go fast but be alert for sunken pavement and pot holes.

Mile 91.1: Cloud Cap information control and turn around just after the pavement ends in the gravel parking area just past Cooper Spur Ski Area. Refer to the trail head signs on the right side after you turn around to go back down hill.

Mile 100: Parkdale open control. There are several places you can stop. I stopped at the gas station because it is the fastest. You can find food at the Mc Isaac's Market on the right just before the curve to Dee Highway. There is also an ice cream and burger place named Alabama Jim's and a micro brewery on the left accross the street in case you really need a fresh frosty cold brewed pint of harty craft beer.

Mile 112.8: Tucker Road to Hood River is busy but you turn onto Portland Drive in one mile.

Mile 120.6: The final stretch to downtown Hood River. If it is a busy weekend, cycle extra defensively, watch out for out-of-town drivers who don't know where they are going and dazed pedestrians.

Mile 123.3: This is the entrance to the Marina area and there are two yellow speed bumps. You want to bear left to the Beach, Museum and Yacht Club. There is a sign with arrows but it is the main road. If you stay on the pavement, you should get to the information control at the beach. The road will circle around a parking area and loop back the way it came.

Official (pre wildfire route)
Preride Notes 9/16/2012: Cycled route in 9h46, 8,700 feet elevation gain, temperatures between 51 and 89 degrees. Updated route sheet and added GPS link to bike route toaster.

General observations: There was a range of temperature, from 51 degrees to 89 degrees. Brought a light wool jersey that I wore for the first 45 miles before taking it off. Drank one bottle of water before Dufur and Filled water at Kramer's Market on 1st & Main in Dufur. Very lite traffic until OR-35 when reality returned. Normal traffic also after Parkdale on Dee Highway and Tucker road to Hood River. Lite traffic elsewhere. Did not have any problems with water or services.

Replaced the timed control in The Dalles with an information control at Rowena Viewpoint. Requiring a stop in The Dalles did not seem like a good idea especially if riders don't need to stop. The info control in Rowena is for route compliance.  The route sheet has been updated with new mileages to match the Garmin GPS track as well as stop and intersection info. The elevation gain, 8,700-feet has also been updated to match the Garmin track.

I rode my randonneuring bike with handlebar bag and saddle bag, about 40 pounds altogether. I was over loaded for the conditions but was too lazy to prepare my road bike for the trip so I just used my bike as it returned from The Big Lebowski. I could have taken what I needed in my jersey pockets and strapped my extra cloths to my saddle. The hills would have gone by faster with a lighter rig.

Route Map:

GPS routes:
Bikeroute toaster (has course points matching route sheet)
GPS Export (gpx from BRT)
Garmin training center (tcx from BRT)

Alternative Route:
Alternative Bikeroute toaster (has course points)
Alternative GPS Export (gpx from BRT)
Alternative Garmin Training center (tcx from BRT)

Route Sheet:
HTML Route Sheet
Alternative Route Sheet

Route Profile: (click to embiggen)

Hood River - Camp Baldwin Profile
Route Profile