Day 1: portland to coos bay
There are a few things to note on Day 1. First, we are headed to the coast in late June so cool night temperatures are common as well as scattered showers and evening fog banks. So bring layers, including a rain proof one. Second, all of these routes spend some time on OR-38. The warn down speed limit signs on this road are pretty accurate, so heed their advice! Also, there are passing lanes at regular intervals so no need to risk it. Finally, the final road to camp has a lot of tight blind corners with NO signs, so watch your speed on this one. The last half mile is hard packed gravel/dirt with some potholes.
slaying the i-5
Looking to crush some miles and save time so that you can spend the sunny afternoon hours at a swimming hole or on the beach with your buddies? Or maybe spend some time at the Elk Viewing Area outside Reedsport or the Butterfly Sanctuary? Then this is your route. Jam down the I-5 to 38 and follow the Umpqua River to the 101 and then south into Coos Bay. From there it’s just 20 minutes down Coos River Road to camp one. Sure the interstate is boring, but this route will save you plenty of time to spend the afternoon doing whatever the hell you want before hitting camp.
cruising to coos
This is a route for anyone looking to stretch theirs legs a little on day one. Experience has taught us that getting out of Portland can suck and we are always tempted to take 99W to avoid I-5. The first stretch of 99W, though, always turns out to be a slow moving stop light to stop light nightmare. So rip I-5 to Salem and then jump on 99W to enjoy some open country highway. Just before Eugene hop on the 38 where things start to get real twisty! You’ll hit the coast at Reedsport and then it’s south on the 101 to Coos.
i don’t do Interstates
Willing to roll into camp late in order to avoid I-5 and the stop and go on 99W? Try this route on for size. Take OR-10 out of town to OR-219. This will take you out into wine country before you start heading south. OR-47 will take you to the 22 which will bring you back to 99W once it is wide open. You’ll link up with the Old Territorial Highway and then 38 like the other routes. If you are starting to feel it and want to start making your way to camp, continue on 38. But if you are still craving a few more hours of the twisty stuff, you can catch Old Highway 47 at Elkton and come into Coos Bay from the south. Of course this will put your total saddle time well north of 9 hours (the Google Maps time is a lie), but hey, sometimes you just need some quality time with your bike.
Day 2: Coos Bay to Yachats
Anything off of the 101 this day is going to get real twisty. Tight corners, mostly blind, switchbacks, elevation changes, what we call a “technical” road. Its always a good idea to play it a bit cautious and remember, locals know these roads very well and are prone to driving them too fast which means they are likely to cross the center lines in corners. Also, the last mile into camp is also hard packed dirt/gravel.
All The Beaches
If you are planning to make the most of your trip to the coast then this is the route to choose. A quick ride back through Coos Bay to the 101 north to Yachats. It’s only a couple of hours of saddle time which means all the time in the world to hit a bunch of beaches along the way, stop at every overlook, see Thor’s Well and Devil’s Spout, and even spend some time at the Sea Lion Caves. And though it is not much time on the road, it’s all great riding.
i love the coast but came to ride
This is a best of both worlds type of route. It will give you plenty of coastal views and roads but then turns you back inland to catch some serious roads. Start the morning by dipping south on some local river roads before grabbing the 101 heading north. However, before you get back to Coos Bay proper, you’ll head to the coast to check out Cape Arago for some great coastal views. Then its back to the 101 and north to 126 where you’ll cut inland to grab those awesome roads we mentioned. At Mapelton, take 36 towards Deadwood. This is a great rip that will take you past Triangle Lake AND the natural rock slide from year 2! At 99W head north until you can cut west to 34, also known as Alsea Highway, also known as arguably the best road in Oregon. Well, at least its definitely one of our favorites. 34 takes you all the way to Waldport. Then its a short ride south to Yachats.
nah, i’ve seen the coast
Ok, so you’ll still see a a bunch of the coast, but this route finds the longest, curviest, most scenic route from Reedsport to Florence. At Reedsport you’ll head inland on Smith River Road. This is a beautiful road that is windy and scenic for 40 miles or so. It meets the 38 near Leona almost back at I-5. Take the Territorial Highway north across 126 past Fern Lake then cut across west to catch 36 back west past Triangle Lake, and the natural rock slides, and through Deadwood to Florence. From there its north on the 101 to Yachats. This route claims seven and a half hours saddle time but we would plan on 8. But you can always cut west on 126 and shave 40 minutes.
Day 3: Yachats to Mulino
The important things to know about Day 3 are few. It’s on a Sunday so there is likely to be traffic headed back towards Portland from the coast. Be patient, plan on longer ride times, and pass safely everyone. Also, if you are coming into Mulino from the south be aware that these smaller towns around here tend to have speed traps. Finally, if you haven’t been to the Mulino site before, watch for our posted signs. Your GPS or directions are likely to take you miles past the site.
More coast please
A word of advice: We do not recommend taking this route. Google is going to tell you that it’s doable, just under 6 hours saddle time if you do some interstate miles, 7 and a half if you don’t. That is a lie. Between coastal traffic, lack of passing lanes, slowing down for towns, and RV’s it’s likely to take 2-3 hours longer. And that is saddle time. However, there is probably one of you out there that is dead set on doing every mile of the 101 as you can so here it is. The northern 101 is majestic and this sees every mile of it to Astoria. Then down the 30 to Longview, WA where you can grab the I-5 south to Portland and then on to Mulino.
why not head to detroit
This is a great route. Lots of curvy scenic roads all the way into Mulino. Head north out of Yachats and catch US-20 east. This is a great cruising road and a a hell of a way to start your morning. Take it ll the way past I-5 then head north to catch the 226 which will take you to the 22. Then it’s on through Detroit and Britenbush before heading north on some truly spectacular National Forest roads. These roads will have potholes so be prepared. You’ll come out in Estacada and then head west to Mulino.
can’t wait to get back to mulino
Want to get to Mulino with all afternoon to race the track and swim in the pond while the aroma of roasted pig hangs thick in the air? Yeah, us too. This is the down and dirty way to our favorite party spot. 101 north, 20 east, I-5 north, and then a little more.
This is a last minute addition to the route suggestions. Turns out there is a route from Yachats to Mulino that will have you ride through 10 covered bridges! And here it is.