Rowdy Kittens on Bike Camping

Our friends over at Rowdy Kittens published a super article on bike camping today (have a look here). The only thing I’d add is that it’s possible to combine bike camping with a train trip if you’re wanting to cover more ground in less time. Along those lines, I (very briefly) touched upon the idea of Amtrak getaways here.

8 Responses to “Rowdy Kittens on Bike Camping”

  • Tammy Strobel says:

    Hey there – thanks for the link love! :)

    Good point about taking the train. On our return trip we picked up the MAX, which cut off about 20 miles. The ride up was longer than we anticipated and we were both tired from hiking on Saturday. So including a train ride into the trip itinerary is a lot of fun. :)

  • Logan says:

    Great suggestion with the train! We will definitely include it in our future adventures. I thought it would be romantic to ride from our front door to the camp site but Beaverton and Hillsboro turned out to be a little more difficult to navigate than I had planned. The $2 train ticket would have been much more enjoyable, especially on a 96 degree F day! ;) Glad Russ Roca shared his dromedary saddle trick on the epicurean cyclist site to keep us hydrated along the way! :)


  • Jim says:

    Great article. I went bike camping a few times last year (my first such adventures) and plan to do so some more this year. In fact just today I started trying to rally some friends to the idea of a little tour around the Finger Lakes.

    As an even more affordable type of destination, albeit with fewer amenities, camping is legal and free in most state forests here in NY. (Water is an especially important consideration if you do camp someplace like this.) is another nice Google Maps-based site for planning trips. It can display an elevation profile of your route.

    In my handful of experiences, I found selecting an appropriate amount and type of clothing the hardest part of preparation. Veteran campers of any sort will probably have an easier time of this.

  • doug in seattle. says:

    In less than a week, I’m leaving on a 9-day Gifford Pinchot National Forest / Mt. Rainier National Park bike camping trip. Of course, it’s all I can think about.

    Here in Seattle, a great start to any ride is one of the ferries that leaves from downtown. It’s only $7.60, it offers beautiful views of the city and environs, and you ride off directly onto rural roads and dense forests. Stunning riverside campsites in the mountains, usually deserted, are a scant 60 miles away! Heaven!

  • Brian C says:

    I have had the pleasure of using Amtrak in the Pacific Northwest (from Seattle to Vancouver Washington), to cycle the Oregon Coast. Rode the first year to Florence, then inland to Eugene and caught the train home. And the Amtrak baggage car had bike racks (yay!), meaning all 6 of us could travel without boxing our bikes. Second year we rode from Eugene and finished the Oregon Coast, in Crescent City California (and the Wonderful Redwoods), then headed North through the Collier Pass to Grant’s Pass and back up to Eugene for the train ride home.

    Used the trains in Europe last summer as part of our Danube bike ride, and they were wonderful (and fast). A great way to extend your bike trip!

  • Nick W. says:

    We’ve been thinking about giving bike camping a try, and recently found this article on Momentum’s Portland community site:

    Portland Touring Season is Here

    Which lead us to Cycle Wild’s website and their Bike Camping 101 trips:

    We’re thinking about including their July 31/Aug 1st trip into our annual Pacific Northwest holiday – Portland’s not to far out of the way from our Northern California base – and we could take the train, too.

    Nick W.

  • Sarita Li says:

    I was also thinking about adding the train! Amtrak has some beautiful stops around here, like Carpinteria (my stated “most beautiful camping spot ever”) and Lompoc Surf. Camping in Malibu is supposed to be amazing, too, but I’m not sure about the train routes down there.

  • matt picio says:

    Just found this post, and thought I’d add, Cycle Wild’s “Bike Camping 101″ is a class, that we do about 3-4 times a year. We also have a Bike Camping 102: Winter Camping class which lets people know why they might want to consider camping in the off-season (cheap, fewer people, no bugs) and how to deal with the dark, the cold, and “the wet”. We’re holding a couple Bike Camping 102 classes at the Portland Hawthorne Hostel in October and Novemeber – details can be found at

    The Bike Camping trips vary in difficulty – we do some very close-in for those who aren’t comfortable riding long distances on a loaded bike, and some up to 75 miles out in primitive settings or at the coast. We’ve even started an annual tour – a 9-day trip that takes in a large chunk of Oregon / SW Washington.

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