Those bicycling along the south Oregon coast will find less automobile traffic, wide shoulders, and lots of places to see and camp. Much of US 101 hugs the coast, offering amazing sights and views from the road. This is especially true during the last half of the trip.
First time visitors will be amazed at how nice the state campgrounds are that frequently offer dedicated hiking / bicycling camping and cater to the many bicyclists enjoying the scenery.
Almost all cyclists travel from north to south, because of the prevailing winds, so the directions and information below assume that direction of travel. Included are hints, suggested side trips and information about campgrounds and hotels.
Weather: The Oregon coast has about 6 months of sun and 6 months of rain. That is an oversimplification as there can be weeks in the winter when it is 60 degrees and sunny. However, the general rule is that the rains start on November 1, and then fade away in the spring. The driest months are July and August. September and early October can be wonderful. Warm and dry weather starts to phase in during March. Usually, by June it is mostly sunny.
The coast has perfect temperatures for bicycling. The high usually does not exceed 70 degrees (21 C) during the day although it can get much warmer when traveling a short distance inland. During sunny days, the winds are from the north, so always travel south. When the wind comes from the south, it means that a storm maybe coming.
The south Oregon and northern California coast is preferred because there are more sunny days and less traffic. There are more campgrounds and secluded beaches making it easy to find a place to camp.
The towns are typically 25 miles apart in Oregon, making it possible to cycle to each one in a day. The topography changes dramatically with the northern part mostly flat and the section from Port Orford, through Gold Beach quite hilly and challenging. It is also a challenging ride from Crescent City to Eureka, and is far longer than 25 miles.
The trips are separated into section by section trips. Click on the links below for information.