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The Estacada to Detroit Lake highway + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Oregon Oregon70 Miles

By Adam
on May 1, 2006

4.5out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

The route starts in the town of Estacada, OR (which is about 20 miles south east of Portland, OR). Start in Estacada and get on the Clackamas Highway (AKA Route 224) and head south. Take this about 70 miles to the end point of Detroit, OR.

Note: when you go through the town of Ripplebrook the name of the road will change to Clackamas River Road (NF-46) but will be the same road. At Breitenbush the road changes names again to Breitenbush Road but is still the same road. This will take you right into Detroit, OR.

Scenery

This route travel entirely through the Mt. Hood National Forest. Running river, nice bridges, high fir trees, tree covered mtns. This is a beautiful, sometimes winding roadway with white waters and high rock formations following the road. This is one of those roads that have beautiful fall foliage colors, too.

Road Quality

Lots of twists and turns but portions of the road do have some small potholes and dips. There are numerous turnoffs but I would recommend staying on the main road the first time until you get use to the trip. Of course, this does go over a high pass and will have snow during the winter season. If anyone is planning to take the ride in the early spring, it's important they take into consideration the snow. I was there at the end of April and was not able to go through because the snow had the road blocked but everything was fine a few weeks later ... so I suggest you check before you head out for this route anytime before June or past September.

Roadside Amenities

Not much till you get to Detroit Lake ...just beautiful scenery and great campsites. There is an annual White Water Festival about 15 miles South of Estacada and in Detroit there is an Fishing Rodeo. Also at Detroit Lake there are two hotels, two restaurants, the marina (you can rent boats but you would need to make advanced reservations during summer weekends www.detroitlakeoregon.org for area information and www.detroitlakemarina.com for boat rentals, etc.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on September 2, 2010 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Rode this last weekend (Aug 28,2010) w/a friend and really enjoyed it. Scenery is wonderful, not too much traffic and the road was in great condition. Lots of twists and turns but just took our time and thought is was one of the best day rides we have done. Went from Salem to Detroit, stopped for lunch, to Estacada and back to Salem for 175 ml ttl.

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By ConnieVulcan800
on March 28, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki Vulcan 800

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is our favorite 1 day ride. Don't plan to do it before mid-June....due to road closed by snow.

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By wiggledbits
on August 6, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW R1100S

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Started on Sunday afternoon after a very hard couple of weeks at work. The trip out was a bit crowed with cars and a few trailers and boats being towed. Of course as always I ran into these at the best sections of road so I was disappointed but reminded myself it was Sunday. I stayed at the AllSeasons motel in Detroit that was inexpensive and clean. Monday morning I headed south towards Sweet Home and took Straight Creek Road 19 miles out of Detroit. Nice 70m side road to Sweet Home. This road starts as a 2 lane and goes to single so you have to be careful but I encountered only 3 other travelers on the road. Nice curves and good condition with 2 or 3 gravel danger spots. Monday late afternoon I was back in Detroit to take 224 back towards home in Portland. Them I got a real taste for the road in this review. They must have fixed the potted areas as it was in great condition. Bitchen views, some tighter corners and a number of triple digit sweepers. Not that I would speed or anything. Worth doing as a day drive mid week for sure!

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By Guest
on February 18, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I live in Estacada. I have made probably 50 to 60 trips in the last 10 to 12 years to Detroit from Estacada. I have traveled some beautiful roads but this ride is one of my favorites and I never get tired of it.

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By Guest
on March 15, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

note to sport bike riders ( or anyone going at a fast pace ) , imo ,some of those potholes are pretty big ,maybe just seemed bigger at a quick pace .forest rangers in the tahoes DO have radar ,adn CAN issue tickets :( there can also be gravel very late in the year .aswome ride thougth :)

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By locketine
on July 17, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make V-Strom 650

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Lots of beautiful scenery, plenty of twisties and a few straightaways. Most of the turns are moderately tight and the road gets narrow in a couple places but always two lanes.

I've ridden this route twice now and never seen police but don't go crazy because there can be rocks and while most of the road is in really good condition there are some spots that will unseat you if you're pushing it really hard. After you cross the river and go through one of the only hair-pin turns the road becomes unpredictable and rough for about 5 miles. There also seems to be persistent wet patches no matter how hot it is. If it's a nice weekend there will also be intermittent and sometimes unpredictable traffic as there's free camping alongside the road in certain spots (you'll see a sign in this area) and plenty of campgrounds as well.

I actually had a breakdown last time I road this and discovered that I had to have my bike towed all the way to Salem to find a repair shop. While riding back the two truck driver told me he's seen plenty of dead motorcyclists on this route so please be careful guys. Also, riding north is more dangerous due to falling rocks so I suggest always starting on the north end and riding south.

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By Guest
on September 22, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I went on this ride yesterday, and it was great.. Very light traffic. The scenery was amazing... I wish I would of taken my camera and stopped at the many places to take great pictures.. There are a lot of tight corners and curvy twisties to keep you on your toes.. There are quite a few sneaky pot holes and bumps that will definitely grab your attention.. Overall, it was a great way to spend my afternoon off work!

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By Guest
on September 13, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1978

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Standard

World class scenery, fishing, camping. South from Detroit is the heart of the Cascades...Sisters, Bend, Crater Lake, Shasta...Watch out for deer at dusk or at night though, of course. From Estacata to Detroit and back is my "default" ride since I live in Sandy...

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By Guest
on June 5, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Sport

Good ride for a getaway afternoon

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