Monday, November 03, 2008
Fort Stevens State Park has got to be the best place in Oregon for the average Joe or Jane (which includes me) to ride a bicycle. On a pleasant autumn day, we parked at Battery Russell, unloaded the bikes and set off.
We breezed through an alder, Sitka spruce and Douglas Fir coastal forest. The background song included the dull roar of the ocean, chestnut-backed chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches. We rode out to the beach, where we watched the blue-green ocean waves break through the rusting metal grid that made up the stern of the Peter Iredale. We pedaled to Coffenbury Lake, where a blue heron stood on the fishing dock until we arrived and destroyed its repose. We rode by Swash Lake to the absolutely deserted Historic Area, where we walked through the prison-like concrete batteries. Finally, we zipped along the path through shore pine covered dunes, just to feel the ocean breeze and smell the salt air.
The paths are all paved and in amazingly good shape. It is just plain fun to ride a bicycle through tunnels and over arched wooden bridges.
Trail Guide here.