New Routes for '22
Explore the very best of Portland's bikeways.....or not. You decide where you ride.
There are 3 route loops:
- The Main Loop
- The Southern Loop
- The Cathedral Park / Kelley Point Loop
Combine for the following mileage options:
|The Ride Options||Total Miles||Total Elevation|
|All the Miles - South, Kelley Pt & Main||41.6 Mi||1158 Ft|
|Main plus Kelley Pt / Cathedral Park||33.5 Mi||919 Ft|
|Main plus South||23.1 Mi||808 Ft|
|Main Loop||15.0 Mi||569 Ft|
The Main Loop
Cross the Willamette on the Morrison St Bridge, admire the budding Cherry trees on the waterfront, and recross on the Steel Bridge. Wind through the Rose Quartre then up the revamped Williams St bikeway, Portland;s primary 2-wheeled North/South thoroughfare to NoPo's Breakside Brewery, aka "Half-Time Party."
After Breakside, head east a bit to get to the top of Alameda Ridge. Wind through this postcard neighborhood displaying some of Portland's most impressive real estate. Cross I-84 and sweep down funky Davis St on your way to the After-Party at The Lucky Lab Brew Pub.
570 ft of climbing
The southern loop runs south onto the rails-to-trails Springwater Corridor for a smooth glide down to Sellwood. Cross the newly constructed Sellwood Bridge (the original bridge had a safety rating of 2/100!) Across the bridge, enjoy the newly designed bike paths en route to the bucolic Willamette Park. Continue up the river to the new bike-centric Naito Parkway. Cross the lower level of the Steel Bridge, wind through the Rose Quarter, and head up Williams to NoPo's Breakside Brewery..
+ 8 miles
+ 300 ft of climbing
The Cathedral Park / Kelley Point Loop rides along the bluff overlooking downtown Portland. Pass by the University of Portland and it's national champion women's soccer team on the way to Cathedral Park under the St Johns Bridge. The bridge is an engineering marvel and was the highest west of the Mississippi River. The park below is named for the soaring support arches that resemble a gothic cathedral. Once past the town of St Johns, you will ride past a lot of industrial parks (all closed on Sunday) Wide paths and empty roads bring you to Kelly Point, where the Willamette meets the Columbia. Enter the Smith/Bybee Nature Preserve and ride the path to the Penninsula Crossing Path and then the Columbia Slough Trail. This winds past Heron Lakes Golf Course, then Portland International Raceway. Ducks, geese, and herons will keep you company along the trail. Head up the gradual hill and you are back at Breakside Brewery.
+ 400 ft of climbing