Waucoma Backcountry Swift Campout
Presented by the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance
Mount Hood National Forest
Waucoma Backcountry is a high ridgeline on the northeast shoulder of Mount Hood adjacent to the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. It offers splendid views of the mountain and Columbia River Gorge, as well as peaceful alpine lakes and wildflower meadows. A network of defunct dirt roads and trails provide access for hikers and mountain bikers alike.
The Swift Campout is a solstice bike camping trip happening all over the world on June 24th. Learn more here: builtbyswift.com/swiftcampout
This trip will require a mountain bike with mountain bike tires (~2"), but is only moderately challenging both technically and physically. You are expected to have basic backpacking experience and are comfortable carrying the gear, water, and food you need to camp overnight with your bicycle. No group guidance or assistance is provided. We will be camping at 4,000' so nighttime temperatures may be quite chilly. Watch the weather and dress appropriately.
Saturday, June 24th, 10am
Meet and park at Kingsley Reservoir southwest of Hood River. Ride 7 miles (+1,000' elv) to Black/Rainy Lakes, set up camp, and explore.
Sunday, June 25th
Ride unloaded along Waucoma and Anthill ridges to Wahtum Lake or farther to Indian Mountain for a picnic. Return and break camp and descend to vehicles. 10-20mi ( +500-2,000' elv) depending on options.
This is not an organized event, just an informal campout with friends. Please be respectful to others, ride responsibly, and practice self-sufficiency. Note that bikes are not allowed in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness adjacent to our route, respect that boundary. If we have a large number of people, we'll split into two groups.
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