126 miles 8388 feet of elevation gain 45 miles of gravel
Recommendations: tires wider than 35mm, GPS, lots of water bottles
Some of the water access points are campgrounds, if you're at season's edge, do call to confirm access. This is a very hilly route, you'll need water.
Wapinitia Pass 200k is an adventure rando route featuring numerous hydroelectric dams, swimming and camping opportunities, 45 miles of gravel and an awesome 2000 foot gravel descent, relentless climbing, and stellar mountain views. It is intended as a very challenging one day route, but also works very well as a two day camping trip.
Leaving the city via fairly friendly roads, the route gets interesting just past Estacada as you dive into the gorge carved out by the Clackamas River. This route features quite a few impressive hydroelectric dams. Keep your eye out for ducks, who may be found chilling in the reservoirs.
Near the town of Three Lynx you'll turn onto Pipeline Road, and start the long gravel climb up to Timothy Lake. Interestingly, Three Lynx is One of the West's Last Company Towns and is home to the workers who operate and maintain the hydroelectric system. For quite a while you'll be riding alongside the pipeline itself. Be careful here as it's easy to take a wrong turn.
After passing a few other reservoirs, you'll finally make it to Timothy Lake. At the junction with FS-5810 you can take a right for lake access, or continue on your way. On summer days Timothy Lake can be obnoxiously crowded, but if you're willing to brave the masses, this would be a really good time for a swim. Make sure to get drinking water on your way out at the North Arm Campground, as this is your last option before the pass.
After the pass you'll descend glorious Still Creek Road. This 13 mile, 2000 foot gravel descent is quite likely the most fun part of the whole ride. The views are plentiful, traffic is extremely light, and most of the hard climbing is behind you. Finally, the route strolls back into town on Marmot Road. If you're slow like me, you may even get to see the sun set in the"Magic Valley" (you'll know it when you see it). Grab some snacks for the train, and reflect back on a day well spent.