Cycling in Portland, OR
About Portland Cycling
The North Portland Loop is the epitome of what Portland city rides have to offer. On Willamette Boulevard, surrounded by massive western red cedar trees, cyclists follow the river, catching views of Mount Hood, downtown Portland, and Forest Park along the way. At some points, four of the surrounding Cascade Peaks can be seen on a clear day. The loop also passes the beautiful, wildlife-filled Smith and Bybee lakes.
For cyclists looking to test their strength and endurance, the 46-mile roundtrip Larch Mountain ride is one of the biggest climbs in the Portland area, boasting some of the best scenery, incredible views at the top, and about 3,500 feet of climbing. Riders get sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge until they reach Larch Mountain Road, where the real challenge of riding up a mountain begins. Once at the top, a hike up to the summit leads to a 360-degree view of all the surrounding Cascade Mountains.
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This 21-mile rails-to-trails route is a great option for families interested in uncrowded access to a variety of natural settings.
The Council Crest/Washington Park Loop combines the thrill of riding through the streets of "Bike Town USA" with the exercise and exhilaration of a thigh-burning climb to the highest point in Portland.
The Portland peninsula bills itself as the “Gateway to nature.” What many Portlanders consider to be one of the furthest, tumbleweed-laden, lawless outposts of the Rose City, is in reality a fine place to get a little fresh air via bicycle. From the bluffs of Willamette Boulevard to the serene Smith and Bybee lakes, there’s a lot to appreciate on this 19 mile bike ride around North Portland.
This 21-mile paved, multi-purpose route is a very popular option for cycling commuters as well as post-work runners and walkers.
The classic 46 mile round trip ride from the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site in Troutdale to the summit of the Larch Mountain Crater is not a casual Sunday leg stretch. The ride is a showcase for the best the Northwest has to offer; but the penance for its many rewards is 3500 feet of climbing.
This 9 mile out and back ride along a restored section of the Historic Columbia River Highway makes for a great weekend outing with the family. The views of the Gorge are almost constant and always breathtaking.
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