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Adventures on Wheels

Mountain Biking, Fat Tire Biking, and more

Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing recumbent bike excursion on the beach or want something a bit more extreme, there is a wide variety of biking opportunities in Cannon Beach to fit all your adventure needs.

A three-wheeled recumbent bicycle is great for anyone seeking cycling freedom along with a more relaxing riding position. Conventional cycling isn't for everyone. Three-wheeled recumbent bikes are comfortable, stable, and every bit as much fun as a regular two-wheeled bike. Great for those who have difficulty with balance.

You can rental recumbent funcycles from Family FUNcycles in midtown Cannon Beach. Funcycles are $20 for 90 minutes. Toddler trailers are $5 with the rental.

 

Fat tire bikes normally have 3-5 inch “fat tires” that are meant to cruise over the sand.  The hard packed sand near the water is easiest to ride on but depending on the sand conditions, you may be able to ride most of the beach.  Winter is especially great for fat biking on the beach as most of the sand is compacted down from the rain and opens up the upper area of beach that normally has thicker sand.  Recommended tire pressure depends on your size but for the average person, 4-6 lbs. of tire pressure is good, for someone of larger stature, 6-12 lbs. of tire pressure is recommended.  Make sure to not ride your bike in the ocean and always be aware of tides and sneaker waves.  It is a good idea to hose down your bike with fresh water after riding on the sand and keep your chain lubricated.  Fat biking is a great way to explore the beach and have a great time while doing it!

Every spring Cannon Beach celebrates fat tire bikes with our Fat Bike Festival. Enjoy a weekend of fun Fat Bike events and explore the beaches & quaint community of Cannon Beach by Fat Bike.  Events planned throughout the weekend include beach bike ride, a self-guided ride on the Klootchy Creek Trails, a “Community Scavenger Hunt” around town to discover hidden treasures and tasty treats, bonfire with Fat Bike games and activities to finish off the day. You will have a 13 mile beach bike ride to Hug Point and the scenic waterfall during low tide.  Lots of fun Fat Bike activities but still plenty of time to explore and enjoy Cannon Beach.  

READ MORE about Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival

The mountain bike specific trails at Klootchy Creek are just 5 miles from Cannon Beach off of Highway 26. They designed to cover all ability levels and offers different riding experiences. All riders are welcome to experience the coastal dirt and the breathtaking views of the coastline and the mountains. The trails officially opened to the public in July of 2019 with 3 miles of trail. AS of 2021 there are over eight miles of trail and the area will continue to expand. The North Coast Trail Alliance (NCTA), worked closely with Greenwood Resources, the private timberlands manager, to get the project rolling. Trails are built and maintained mostly by volunteers and with some funding from private and tourism dollars.

Gravel riding is another option to get away from the crowds and experience the coastline high in the hills on the expansive network of logging roads.

Things to remember. You must have a Greenwood Permit pass to ride. They are free and need to be renewed every May. Here is the link to obtain that pass. GreenWood Resources

As always, safety first! Ride with appropriate riding equipment.

North Coast Trail Alliance | Improving coastal mountain biking opportunities (nctrailalliance.com)

 

Climbing Trails

Green Trails

Blue Trails

Black Trails

West Hawley

Chris Cross

Mo Flow

Defibrillator

Greenwood

Upper Chris Cross

Sticky Buns

Chute Dang

Upper Greenwood

Apple Sauce

Toads

Quarantine

92 line

Low Tide

Ski Tracks (coming soon)

Dirty Thirty

 

The Get Down

High Tide (Coming soon)

 

 

Beginner Skills Area (coming soon)

Intermediate Skills Area (coming soon)

 

 

Writer Bios

North Coast Trail Alliance Improving mountain biking opportunities on the North Coast for residents and visitors for generations to come. The North Coast Trail Alliance (NCTA) was formed in July of 2015 as a sub-chapter of the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA). As a group of volunteers they are working to increase and improve Mountain Biking Trails on the North Coast of Oregon.

 

Oregon Rides & Events Home to some of Oregon's best cycling events. Their history began and continues as owners of Bike Newport in Newport, OR. They have expanded into another role as event organizers and ride promoters.

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