Adventure Rides

Bikepacking Adventures


What is Bikepacking?

Bikepacking is a multiday outdoor activity that combines the excitement of riding a mountain bike, exploring places less traveled, route finding, problem solving and camping.

Often this will include riding on singletrack trails, gravel and/or abandoned dirt roads with bags attached to your bike frame, saddle and handlebars.

Bikepacking gives you the range of a mountain bike and the support to carry camping gear so riders will be able to enjoy long rides through epic landscapes and terrain all while instilling resilience, forming comradery and gaining self-confidence.

Bikepacking gives riders the opportunity to be outside on their bikes in a non-competitive environment. Riders will learn backcountry skills (including how to use a map / compass and how to treat water to make it safe to drink), principles of “Leave No Trace” and trail stewardship.

Click on the links below for more information on up and coming training or Adventure Rides:

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Gold Fever Trail Family Weekend @ Hanna Flat Campground
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

We will be riding the Gold Fever Trail, this is a self guided tour of the Holcomb Valley area, that highlights its rich gold mining history.

Our base camp will be Hanna Flat Campground where we’ll set up camp and drive to the start area of the Gold Fever Trail. Everyone participating in the ride on Saturday, will need to pack enough water and snacks for a 4 to 6 hour ride through the mountains, where we’ll end up back at the Hanna Flat Campground. This will be a leisurely ride with many stops along the way.

The NSICL will only be hosting the ride on Saturday from 9am to 3pm, so please plan accordingly. Plans prior to and after will need to be arranged individually. There is a group planning to ride the bike park on Sunday morning before the trip back home.

If you plan on attending this event, please click the following link to reserve a campsite for your family. Campsites are limited, so don’t wait too long to reserve one. The town of Fawnskin is 2 miles and  Big Bear Lake is 8 miles from Hanna Flat Camp, so if your not a camper you can find a place to stay in the area.

Campsite reservations: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=26239

For more info on the Gold Fever Trail and Interpretive site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recreation/bicycling/recarea/?recid=26409&actid=24

Summit Bike Park is about a 25 minute drive from Hanna Flat Campground.


To see more about Bikepacking, check out the Oregon Interscholastic Cycling Leagues Video of their Bikepacking adventure!


2020 NSICL Intro to Basecamp for Bikepacking

Bikepacking can be broken down into 3 categories:

  1. Fully Supported (Level I): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition for a 2-6-hour ride, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes and a way to stow extra clothing (e.g., windbreaker, warm gloves). A SAG (Support & Gear) vehicle will carry the rest of the riders’ camping gear to the campsite. The SAG vehicle will be able to pick up riders who cannot complete the ride.
  • Supported (Level II): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders should have a basic familiarity with the intended route and fitness level via the “Trip Plan” and “Travel Plan.” Riders must attend a bike & gear set-up event along with passing a visual bike inspection. Riders must have successfully completed a Level I event.  Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition for 1 full day, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes, a way to carry a sleep system and 1 full day of clothing. A SAG (Support & Gear) vehicle will carry the rest of the riders’ camping gear to the campsite. The SAG vehicle will be able to pick up riders who cannot complete the ride.
  • Unsupported (Level III): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders must have a basic familiarity with the intended route and fitness level via the “Trip Plan” and “Travel Plan”. Riders must attend a bike & gear set-up event along with passing a fully laden bike inspection and pre-event ride. Riders must have successfully completed a Level I event. Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition (including backcountry meals) for the duration of the trip plus 1 full day, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes, a way to carry a sleep system, shelter, cook system, enough clothing (riding, at camp, for sleeping), items related to personal hygiene and illumination (for on the bike and at camp). There will be limited SAG support during the duration of the event. Rendezvous points with a SAG vehicle will be noted in the Travel Plan.