Mac kerricher campground is pretty good with an okay hiker-biker, near a great stretch of beach thats right close and about 2 miles along an awesome rail trail to the cute and really legit town of Ft. Brag. Home to great beer (north coast brewery), a decent bike shop, a solid pizza place with an immaculate beer selection (piachi ), an outdoor store, and a historical railroad that runs a classic steam engine among others. Definitely worthy of a rest day, perhaps our finest of the trip.
Standish-Hickey state campground is situated about halfway up the fabled Legget climb, the tallest on the bike route. The climb up was via a gently rising twisty road that followed the Eel river through beautiful California vistas and some booming "pot" economy towns like Gaberville in southern Humbolt Co. The campsite is nice enough, though seemingly crippled by budget cuts, with a hiker biker situated right near the bathrooms. Lots of mosquitoes and road noise from 101 were annoying, but the ride up was nice and it's orientation to the Eel river and woodsy sites make it worth it.
Situated right on Avenue of the Giants, Burlington campground is on a flat site thick with redwoods. Hiker biker site is nothing special but close to so-so bathroom with lukewarm "hot" showers. But in a neat spot, if one that attracts odd folks and loud kids. Met a guy on his first day of touring from Houston who seems to have been an almost immediate west coast convert with plans to move to the bay area. Also discovering a type of down and out hippie type with a smokers cough that frequent hiker-biker sites.
Staying with friends in the quaint beach town of Trinidad about 10 miles north of Arcata. Beautiful bay and ocean views along with huge sea stacks. Check out along the route!
The tent camping sites of Mystic Forest are really nice and only a bit more expensive than the hiker-biker sites of state campgrounds. Plus it's in some beautiful forest and has a little store with cheap ice cream, cheese, and canned goods. Right past Trees of Mystery before the town of Klamath
Harris Beach SP is great! They has laundry and a great hiker-biker site right near the beach, separated a bit from the road and the rest of camp. Beautiful beach with sea stacks and sweeping views. Only 10 miles from the California border, we took a rest day here in preparation of some big climbs to come.
We love Humbug Mountain SP! Set on a picturesque stretch of coast reminiscent of a Big Sur, the hiker biker sites are set apart from the rest of camp on a lush hillside that gets plenty of sun and birdsongs. Plus water and trash are really close, something of a luxury when you camp for a while.
Sunset Bay SP has a nice hiker-biker site set back from the rest of camp. We arrived late after about 60 miles of cold and windy cloudy riding. A few miles detour from the bike route but worth it for a peaceful stay and a beautiful view of the bay just outside the camp gate. We met two interesting bikers, a young guy from Virginia and an Irishman who had just done the transamerica bike ride there- pretty hard core. Today another 50 miles to Humbug Mountain.
Jessie Honeyman SP outside of Florence, OR is set back in the trees with some unique sites that put you in the peace and quiet of the woods (it's a good bit away from the other sites). It's situated near a beautiful series of lakes that back right up to the massive and far expanse (some 40 miles of them) of dunes. Definitely highly recommended for bikers all.
South Beach SP just south of Newport, OR has a decent, if mosquito heavy, hiker-biker site. We took a rest day here The beach is a quarter mile up the road and is pretty spectacular: long white sandy dunes contrast with bushy green beach grass. Saw a really cool red-orange sunset the day we got in. Also met four guys touring together and a memorable time cooking and sharing drinks. Could have done without the vodka shots!
The stately and well preserved Yaquina Head Lighthouse- not to be missed detour! The tallest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast and still used today. The tour is great, historical and with amazing views, especially the fresnel lens inside.
At the barely adequate hiker-biker at Devils Lake in the run down resort town of Lincoln City. Met some interesting campmates: family of 4 with 2 children under 6, transient religious zealot who "killed a buck" with his bare hands, and a hiker lady who was writing a costal foraging book after leaving the Manhattan publishing world
Cape Lookout SP has the best hiker biker sites we've seen on our tour. Right next to the beach, mellow wave sounds and no car noise, and situated in a lush spruce forest. The rangers are really lovable too and love to play us their "best of" bike cred.
Dunes and a great "never full" hiker-biker site are sweet features of Nehalem Bay SP. also plenty of other bikers to talk to, a first for us in the trip!
A rainy arrival to Cannon Beach reunited us with the Pacific and finally, the sun!
Staying with our wonderful Warmshowers hosts Joey and Kate and their uber endearing cats in the Hawthore neighborhood in Portland
A splurgey stay at the chic Ace Hotel (out of necessity, we swear!)had us and our bikes looking sharp.
In Portland, with proper bike stylings at the Ace Hotel
A nice campsite - Hudson Parcher Park- just over the border and up a giant hill on the highway, but relatively quiet and peaceful with overhangs for bikes and escaping rain. Nice ranger, cheap firewood, and free hot showers! No hiker- biker sites :(
The beautiful Louis and Clark SP - classic and with great old growth cedars make for restful camping
Rest day in the little odd town of Elma! Some good food, laundry, and a really quirky "hostel" with disc golf
Just leaving Kitsap SP. pretty basic hiker / biker sites but woodsy and near the water.
At the very bike welcoming Sequim SP about 25 miles out of Port Angeles and the Victoria ferry along the Olympic Discovery (bike) Trail . The covered patio across from the hiker / biker sites has a wood burning stove for drying your stuff at and cooking under - so nice including the really helpful rangers!
Birch Bay about 20 miles from the Canadian Border. Nice campsite and apparently great shell fishing. #fb
Adventuring on beautiful Lake Whatcom with our friend Paul on the outskirts of Bellingham
Chuckanut Dr is full of stunning views on the way to Bellingham!
Deception Pass - amazing views from this beautiful and lofty bridge between Whidbey And Fidalgo Islands of WA coast.
On the way to deception pass on the narrowest part of Whidbey just north of the charming little town of Coupsville
South Whidbey State Park - some nice hiker biker sites greeted us after we arrived shortly after nightfall. Set up camp in a drizzle and had some peaceful rain in the night (expecting some intermittent light rain today). Beautiful pines and views of the water balanced out the road noise caveat.
On the ferry to Whidbey Island. Beautiful mountain peaks and Puget Sound surround- stunning!
Riding along beautiful Lake Washington on our way to Whidbey Island.
Sunny Seattle - Josh's place in Wallingford