Oregon Coast Scenic Bike Tour
July 7-15, 2018


This tour style is self supported, meaning no vehicles will be supporting our small group. Total mileage is 340 miles for 9 days, averaging just 38 miles per day.

We will be camping in Oregon state and county parks with the exception of one night in Oceanside. Here we will be staying in a beautiful private home in town on the bay.

Over the last five years, Ruth has taught many classes on how to bike tour successfully. She will provide gear lists and answer questions, before, during and after this tour.

What is included:

  • 9 Days

  • Camping/Indoor

  • 10 riders

  • Meals (25% at restaurants)

  • Maps, cue sheets, GPS files

  • Group cooking gear

  • Tour Leader Ruth Miller

Difficulty rating: Intermediate+

Start Point: Eugene, Oregon

Finish Point: Eugene, Oregon

2 spots still open!

Deposit: $100 (50% refunded if canceled 90 days before start date).

In an effort to make DamselTours affordable for all women we offer sliding scale, 3 tiered payment system. All participants receive the same tour experience no matter which level they choose. All payments are kept strictly confidential.

Level one is lowest price in order to join the tour. Level two is for those women who can afford slightly more. While level three is for those who can afford a slightly larger payment.

Price's: level 1 = $775  level 2 = $850  level 3 = $925

Checks and PayPal accepted. Email ruth@damseltours.com for more details.


Day 1: After an early breakfast we will shuttle to the starting point of our ride. We will begin riding at the trailhead of The Banks–Vernonia State Trail, in Bank Oregon. This trail is a paved rail trail and a State Park. At mile 21 we will pass through the small town of Vernonia.  We’ll finish our ride at Big Eddy Campground. Total 31.5 miles


Day 2: Today we will be riding quiet roads in Oregon’s northern Coast Range on a Sunday. We’ll probably be able to count the number of cars we see on one hand. Wildlife will be abundant, including a visit to Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area where we will likely see many Roosevelt Elk. We’ll be camping at Klaskanine RV Park along the river. Total 42.8 miles


Day 3: We’ll be leaving Oregon’s beautiful Coast Range today, popping out on Hwy 101 in Seaside Oregon. Crossing 101 and following the boardwalk along Seasides dunes will get us excited for the next 5 days of riding along Oregon’s Coastline! Make sure to save time to enjoy the next town, Cannon Beach with famous Haystack Rock. We’ll be camping at Nehalem Bay State Park near the quaint town of Manzanita. Total 46.1 miles


Day 4: Today we head south staying along Oregon’s scenic coastline all day! You can stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for some free samples and maybe a tour. Leaving Tillamook we will ride along Tillamook Bay, out to Cape Meares Lake, Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and Cape Meares Lighthouse. We’ll descend into the idyllic village of Oceanside for the night in a beautiful modern home overlooking the water. Total 39.7 miles


Day 5: We’ll continue our ride from Oceanside down the Oregon Coast on back roads. We’ll pass through only one small town today, Netarts. If you love fresh shellfish a stop at Nevor Shellfish Farm for some freshly harvested oysters is a must. Last year two dozen oysters cost just $18!  Make sure to stop often and look north as you climb up to Cape Lookout. The gobsmacking views of Netarts Bay will take your breath away, if the climb didn’t. We’ll be camping in Cape Kiwanda at Webb County Campground. Total 21.8 miles


Day 6: Leaving Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City we’ll rejoin 101 heading south. Pedaling through the small coastal towns of Neskowin, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Agate Beach and the largest on Oregon’s coast, Newport Beach. Throughout the day we’ll leave 101 for smaller roads when possible, including riding Otter Crest Loop to Devils Punch Bowl. Camping tonight at South Beach State Park. Total 52.3 miles


Day 7: Today we will be hugging the coastline with numerous small state and county parks along the way. We should be able to spot the resident Humpback whales along this section. Thankfully scenic overlooks are abundant because you will want to stop frequently to absorb the view. Make sure to stop in Yachats for a snack, ice cream or coffee before heading to our campground. We will be camping at Cape Perpetua Forest Service in the group campsite. Arrive early enough so you have time to hike to the tidal pools, old 1000 year old growth Sitka Spruce and Perpetua overlook. Total 24.3 miles


Day 8: We’ll continue south for one last day along the beautiful Oregon coastline, saying our goodbyes in Florence. But before leaving make sure to stop at the Sea Lion Caves. During certain times of the year the Sea Lion Caves are filled with Mom’s and their young. Today we’ll also have a chance to stop at the Historic Heceta Head Lighthouse. Tonight we camp in Mapleton, at Maplelane RV Park. We will have a celebration dinner at the locals favorite, and only Cafe.  Total 37 miles


Day 9: Today we’ll get to enjoy the Oregon Coast Range for our last day of riding. I love this route and living in Eugene ride it often. After leaving Mapleton we’ll ride on quiet little hwy 36 following the river as it gets smaller and smaller. We’ll crest a climb at Lake Creek Falls Park. Salmon ladders were installed here years ago, enabling the Salmon to swim 200 miles further east. A very short hike leads to the Salmon ladders and a refreshing swimming hole. We’ll pass numerous small markets along the route today. Our last big climb is over Low Pass elevation 1,073’.  Our tour ends at Richardson Park Campground Marina. Total 47.2

Total miles for tour 343

Overview - July 7 - 15, 2018

Oregon's summer climate is wonderful for bike touring. Our starting point for riding is the Historic Banks - Vernonia Rail to Trail. We'll ride 21 miles of paved, tree-lined, easy-grade, through sun-dappled forests, across clear streams and along meadows bursting with wildflowers.  We'll ride over thirteen historic wooden train trestles from days of the past.

The next two days we'll ride on beautiful paved rural back roads through the peaceful Coast Range leading us to the town Seaside, Oregon on the Pacific ocean.

We'll have a tailwind for our 6 days of riding on the spectacular Oregon Coastline on The Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. As only a cyclist can, we'll enjoy magnificent ocean views, stopping to explore long stretches of sandy beaches, investigate tidal pools and pedal past rustic farmsteads. Imagine cool mornings, sunny afternoons, and campfires in the evening. We'll ride through many small towns, including Cannon Beach and Manzanita. Not to be missed is a night in Cape Kiwanda across the street from the Pelican Brewery. We'll have a short ride this day, so if you want to take surf lessons you will be able to from the Moment Surf Company.

We'll return to the Willamette Valley following the North Fork of the Siuslaw River. Our last night we will have a celebration dinner at a local Public House. In the morning our final ride ends back in Eugene where we started around mid-afternoon.


Looking south towards Florence, Oregon.

Looking south towards Florence, Oregon.

Roosevelt Elk in the Oregon Coast Range.

Roosevelt Elk in the Oregon Coast Range.

Points of interest listed by day:

1. Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trail State Park: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=104

2. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/jewell_meadows_wildlife_area.asp

3. Seaside’s Historic Promenade: http://www.seasideor.com/seaside-stories/seaside-or-promenade/ and Cannon Beach’s famous Haystack Rock: http://www.cannonbeach.org/explore/Haystack-Rock-in-Cannon-Beach-Oregon

4. Oregon Coast Historic Railroad: http://www.oregoncoastscenic.org/ and http://www.tillamookair.com/ and Blue Heron French Cheese Company: http://www.blueheronoregon.com/ and Cape Meares Lighthouse and scenic backroad. http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/

5. Netarts Bay Fresh Oysters: http://netartsoyster.com/ and Cape Kiwanda Dory Fishing fleet: https://theoregoncoast.info/PacificCity/Dorymen.html and http://pelicanbrewing.com/story/#about

6. The Newport Aquarium http://www.newportaquarium.com/Things-To-Do and a favorite Brewery is just down the road. http://www.rogue.com/?age-verified=a67dfb7743

7. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. From our campground we can take short hikes to a 500 year old giant Sitka Spruce, Tidal Pools, Devil’s Churn, Thor’s Well Cook’s Chasm and Spouting Horn. We can also ride our bikes 2 miles up to Cape Perpetua overlook.

8. Heceta Lighthouse http://www.hecetalighthouse.com/interpretive-center Sea Lion Caves http://www.sealioncaves.com/about.php Celebration on the River in Mapleton!

9. https://www.theoutbound.com/oregon/chillin/explore-the-triangle-lake-rock-slides-and-lake-creek-falls

Space is limited to a small group. Please email Ruth today at mailto:ruth@damseltours.com to signup and reserve your spot.