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Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:46:47 am »
Thanks, John. I'll file this so we can track the issue and follow up as seems fit.


Routes / Re: California Hike Bike Sites closures
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:11:20 am »

I missed your post describing your problem with California Hiker Biker sites. If you think this is a problem other cyclists will encounter, we'd like to know about it so we can track the issue. It might be an one time thing or it might be a long term problem. We can't know unless people let us know.


Hi etsisk,

I've been looking - unsuccessfully - for a forum on the Atlantic Coast Route. Haven't found one yet (thus "unsuccessfully"). Are there forums for individual routes?

We do not have forums specific to individual routes. If you have a question about the Atlantic Coast route, you could try searching some element of the question, or posting a question in the Routes  area (

Also, are you aware of this Atlantic Coast description page? It has a fair amount of information available, be sure to read all of the tabs as well. You might find your answer there.

I hope this helps.

Routes / Re: Custis Trail into Washington
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:52:02 pm »

I found this archived forum thread from an Washington (DC) area group that might be helpful. They mention the Custis Trail.


Thanks for the update and info!


Thanks dobsonjv for the update!


General Discussion / Re: Difference on maps?
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:08:45 am »
We are just finishing the Lewis & Clark. The map panels have a elevation profile along with mileage chart.

Not all of our routes have elevation profiles, older maps that have them are in a single strip on the back side of the map. Beginning with the Lewis & Clark route, we started adding them to the individual panels.

Also on the map it would show mileage between point byway of black dots. These features are not on the Subject maps.

Pacific Coast 1, 2 and 3 have been updated with GIS information and some new formatting. The black dots have been replaced with red karats and red numbers in between to show those distances.

I hope this helps,

Routes / Re: North south route from Bozeman to Tucson?
« on: July 25, 2014, 03:04:52 pm »
If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at the resources available from each state for bicycle maps and routes. The following website lists contact information and website links:


As stated earlier, if you are traveling with your passport one alternative to continuing westbound from the Northern Tier route, you can go north and ride across Canada to Vancouver. A couple of cyclists came through the office today and recommended this routing from their experience:

From Tonasket, ride US 97 north to Oroville. Then northwest on Loomis-Oroville Rd along the Similkameen River for 21 mi.
Then leave the river to continue north to the border crossing where the Loomis Oroville Rd. turns south. (The border crossing has limited hours, see this website for more information
Continue north on Similkameen Rd. to Crowsnest Hwy./PR 3.
Ride PR 3 north to Hope, then west on Lougheed Hwy./PR 7 to Vancouver.
As you enter Vancouver route will become Broadway St. As Broadway St. gets busier you can go south 2 blocks to 10th St. which is the bike route into the city.


General Discussion / Re: Washington Hiker/Biker Campsites?
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:57:20 pm »
Slight seqway on this topic.  How were the hiker/biker sites in California from SF south to the border?  I've head that quite a few no longer have hiker/biker sites (eg South Carlsbad).

From the Pacific Coast Section 5 addenda (

Some of the CA state parks have closed their hiker/biker sites due to vagrants. You can find a updated list of hiker/biker sites by searching "Activity/Facility" at this site:

Hope that helps.

I just heard from a cyclist heading west on the Northern Tier who made the following report about the fire situation in Washington:

FYI...Just spoke [on the afternoon of July 22] with Fire information out of Winthrop/Twisp and was told the following:
1) fire had burned thru route 20 several days ago, not much left to burn
2) route 20 is currently open.  It has been closed off and on over the last couple days so that utility crews could restore power lines, not because of smoke or fire.
3) he said that as an alternate if 20 gets closed again, we could take 97 to 153 and that those roads have been more open than 20 because of the larger number of people living in those areas.

In summary, as of now, we are planning on taking route 20 at Okanagan on Thursday [July 24] heading towards Twisp.  Here is the Fire Info contact number tel:509-996-9971 if you want to call to get the latest updates.  The number is open from 7am-7pm.


If you are riding westbound and are traveling with your passport another option might be to head north at Tonasket and enter Canada. The Canadian fires don't seem as ferocious at the moment. You can see an interactive map of fire activity here:


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