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Common Routes

posted Nov 4, 2012, 6:20 AM by Paul Gareau
There are several options for crossing the states between Canada and Mexico. The Adventure Cycling Association has the best route network along with maps and route information. This includes the West Coast along routes 1 and 101, the new Pacific Crest Route farther inland, and two routes through the Rocky Mountains: the unpaved Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, and the Great Parks Route.

Western States Route Option #1 - Northeastern Washington, Oregon Coast, Redwoods, Yosemite, Deserts, Tecate Mexico

If entering the US after passing through the Rocky Mountains in Canada, there is a great route through Washington passing through Indian Reservations, the unknown Coolie Corridor, peaceful farmland and then along the Colombia River Gorge to Portland, Oregon. From Portland stay on the coast and at cheap hiker/biker campsites until reaching California, with a possible side trip to Crater Lake. In California stay on the coast and pass through the Redwoods, then turn inland at Fort Bragg pass by Clear Lake to Yuba City then by Folsom Lake, head south mostly following route 49 until turning onto route 120 to reach Yosemite. From there continue over Tioga pass, follow 389 south to route 190 into Death Valley. Leave the park through the unpaved southern exit or the more difficult 178 to 127. Continue through the town of Baker to Mojave National Preserve. Pass through Joshua Tree National Park and by the Salton Sea. Next head west through Anza Borrego Desert State Park and Cleveland National Forest, finishing at Tecate, a good border crossing into Mexico on the Baja Peninsula.