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One of the most frequent questions I hear is: “What can I bikepack on a long weekend that’s close to town?”

The Silver Siouxon route is the answer to that question. You get incredible backcountry singletrack and a remoteness that seems much, much farther than an hour’s drive from Portland. You’ll climb (errr, push) to above 4,000′, and traverse rocky ridgelines before descending through one of the most stunning old growth stands in the area.

Each day is approximately 25 miles, but don’t let that fool you — the steep pitches are unforgiving. There is plenty of water along the route, and a delicious hot meal waiting in Yacolt at the finish. The trails are steep and breathtaking, but only moderately technical. It’s close enough that with an extra day you could even pedal there from Portland’s city limits.