The Cascade Discovery Route is the long and hard way from near Hood River (Pinemont OHV) to near Sisters (Big Lake), it takes up just over 300 miles on the way there, trying to find the best (bad!) dirt-only roads and several old historic wagon roads along the way. These are the dirt-only roads that came BEFORE the FS Development gravel roads, and have NEVER been improved. It is not a quick juant, nor an easy one. It has taken a couple of rather experienced riders a full three day & nights to get there, and three more to get back, stopping lots, taking pictures and getting to camp for early dinner. It has also been done solo in 11 hours riding time (one-way) onna big fast bike with an experienced rider.
This is the drawing made by one of 2013’s Route riders, trying to explain this route in map form, overwriting his experience of the CDR on an OBCDR map. The CDR is the light blue squiggly line in the top left corner:
(this is not the actual CDR route, just hand drawn squiggly lines)
It is a Big Bike friendly route,…..if you wanna work hard, and have some serious challenges along the way, and don’t mind broken blinkers and scratches. That said, some Big Bike riders will absolutely HATE it, and likely curse me for calling such nastiness “fun”. It is Small Bike friendly, too, in that it has less than 15 miles of pavement in that 300+ miles, and these are mostly just for the required gas stops. It also must put up with some fast plain ol’ gravel roads, just to get to the next bad road, and avoid any pavement along the way (the MAIN goal).
Some pics of said dirt-only old roads:
You will find our current free CDR tracks at… cascadediscoveryroute.org