The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has officially approved the new Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway between Estacada and Detroit.

The decision was made during the commission’s meeting held Wednesday, June 25, in Klamath Falls.

The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a 72-mile route that will challenge even the most experienced cyclists with challenging climbs of 3,125-feet near Estacada and 1,985-feet near Detroit. The route also is known for its scenic forest views.

There also is a shorter, family friendly ride on Faraday Road near Estacada, which is closed to motorists.

Scenery along Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway includes the Breitenbush River and the federally designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas River.

A press release issued by the commission states that directional and safety signage will be installed along the route later this summer.

The route will be closed in late fall and winter due to snow concerns.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program was launched in 2005 as a partnership among Travel Oregon, Cycle Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Through the program, local groups apply for the bikeway designation, but only half are accepted.

Routes are considered based on scenic qualities, road conditions and riding enjoyment.

The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is the 12th route designated through the program.

City leaders have been working toward the designation for more than a year.

Tamara Pugh, president of the Estacada Chamber of Commerce, called the decision “exciting.”

“Come on out!” she said.

For a map and more information on the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway between Estacada and Detroit, Oreg. visit

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