Wondering How to Start Planning an Oregon Backpacking/Bikepacking Trip? Look No Further than Adventure Maps

When looking for a local ride or hike to do, it’s easy to get lost searching the interwebs, and while sometimes that’s a good place to start – especially when seeking out information like trail conditions or weather – the frustrating google searches of my past have been replaced with some pretty incredible maps put out by a company called Adventure Maps; check out their site here.

My collection.

These maps cut out the initial frustrating search for good trails by producing maps with the various types of trail already labeled and color-coded right on the map, i.e. hiking, horse, multiuse, mountain biking, etc., and even provides suggested hiking and mountain biking routes right on the map, with the length of the ride, the time it will take, the difficulty level, the best season to ride, a description of how to get to the trailhead, highlights of the ride, and any notes that may be important to know before setting out. And did I mention the maps are water and tear proof, and can even be downloaded onto a phone or other device if you’re not into the paper map thing for some odd reason? These maps are seriously the best. I’ve put all my adventure maps through hell and they still look new (almost).

One section of my Mt. Hood & NW Oregon map.

 

A list of suggest mountain bike rides.

 

What the suggested rides look like. Notice the little red numbers next to each ride.

 

The little red numbers are the suggested rides, which have easy-to-navigate arrows marking which direction to go.

Whenever I sit down to brainstorm my next bikepacking trip, the first thing I do is flip through these maps and look over the mountain bike trails – which are easy-to-spot bold red lines in these maps – for any sections I haven’t yet done. I then simply piece together some sort of loop, add up the miles, don’t bother to look at elevation gain even though I could because the maps are all topographical, and then call up my friends to negotiate a good time to go. It’s that easy. There’s no need to scour the internet for a route other people have done when bikepacking. Instead, just make one yourself using adventure maps.

Advertisements

Categories: Bikes and Gear, Oregon Bikepacking

Tagged as: , , , , ,

2 replies »

  1. Those definitely look like some great, and very detailed, maps. Also, specifically for bikepacking, don’t forget oregonbikepacking.com (their GPS files paired with Adventure Maps would be the complete package); also, we have a few Oregon routes on BIKEPACKING.com as well.

    Like

    • True Logan. Oregonbikepacking.com and bikepacking.com are my two most frequented sites for route guidance and general bikepacking information. They are great supplemental resources to use alongside Adventure Maps when planning a trip. Thanks for sharing!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: