Cycle Portland, Road & Sightseeing Ride, Clark County Tour

Begin the bike ride at beautiful Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver where there is a vibrant weekend farmers’ market, then ride through quiet residential streets to the outskirts of town. Bike riding through quaint downtown Ridgefield will bring back memories of small town America. Just before reaching Ridgefield, you will thank yourself for taking some time to explore the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to make this ride a full day excursion to take advantage of all the sights along the route.

Terrain

Smooth paved streets until reaching the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge where access roads are rough. Many moderately challenging hills throughout the ride.

Traffic

Low-traffic streets most of the ride with short sections of moderate traffic on wide streets.

Access

By car, take Route I-5 to exit 1B in Vancouver, turn left onto ESixth Street. On-street parking.

By public transportation, from downtown Portland take Bus #6 to Jantzen Beach Transit Center, transfer to Bus #4 Fourth Plain Eastbound to Broadway and Seventh Street.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options for food and drinks at the starting point of the ride in downtown Vancouver. Restrooms available in Esther Short Park and again at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Side Trip

Pearson Air Field Museum and Fort Vancouver are located within riding distance of downtown Vancouver

 

More Details

Bike riding north along wide Columbia Street you will quickly find yourself in residential neighborhoods leaving behind the bustle of downtown Vancouver. The hills begin once you reach about the three mile mark and are peppered throughout the ride. Also abundant on this ride are blackberry bushes, which are full of ripe, juicy fruit in late August. At about the 15 mile mark along NW Carty Road, you will find the most challenging hill of the ride.

The vista of the distant mountains that greets you is well worth the huffing and puffing required to reach the summit. On a clear day you’ll have many scenic backdrops to choose from for capturing photos of your ride. While this peak is the highest of the ride, there are plenty of less challenging hills along this route. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic if you brought one along. Lock your bikes at the parking lot as they are not allowed on the refuge grounds. The wet lands area is full of nesting and migrating birds. Signs direct visitors to remain on roadways in order to limit human interference.

Just a short distance beyond is quaint downtown Ridgefield. The small storefronts bring back memories of small towns where everyone knows their neighbor. The return trip brings you back into civilization quickly as you ride along bike lanes on busier streets to end your ride in downtown Vancouver. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the corner of Columbia St and WEighth St in downtown Vancouver and ride north on Columbia St.
  • 1.9 Left onto NW 45th St.
  • 2.3 Right onto NW Lincoln Ave.
  • 3.3 Left onto NW Bernie Dr.
  • 3.9 Right onto NW Lakeshore Ave.
  • 6.5 Cross NW 119th St and NW Lakeshore Ave becomes NW 36th Ave which you will continue to follow.
  • 7.8 Right onto NW Bliss Rd.
  • 8.5 Left onto NW 21st Ave.
  • 8.9 Right onto NW 149th St.
  • 9.4 Left onto NW 11th Ave.
  • 10.1 Right onto NW 164th St (becomes NE 164th St).
  • 11.1 Left onto NE 10th Ave.
  • 11.9 Right onto NE 179th St.
  • 12.0 Left onto NE Delfel Rd.
  • 13.6 Left onto NW 209th St.
  • 14.0 Right onto NW 11th Ave.
  • 15.2 Left onto NW Eklund Rd.
  • 15.5 Left onto NW Carty Rd.
  • 16.7 Right onto NW Hillhurst Rd (becomes S Ninth Ave at Cemetery Rd). Cemetery Rd is at 18.8 miles.
  • 19.1 Left onto Pioneer St.
  • 19.4 Right onto N Main Ave.
  • 20.5 Left to enter the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Have a rest then turn around.
  • 21.0 Right onto N Main Ave.
  • 21.8 Left onto Pioneer St.
  • 22.1 Right onto S Ninth Ave (aka S Hillhurst Rd).
  • 24.5 Left onto NW Carty Rd.
  • 26.9 Right onto NE 10th Ave.
  • 30.0 Left onto NE 179th St.
  • 30.3 Right onto NE 15th Ave (also known as NE Union Rd).
  • 31.7 Continue straight. At the junction of NE 154th and NE 155th streets, NE Union Rd becomes NE 20th Ave.
  • 32.7 Continue straight. At the intersection of NW 134th St NE 20th Ave becomes NE Hwy 99 (also known as Pacific Hwy).
  • 33.6 Right onto NE 117th St.
  • 34.4 Left onto NE Hazel Dell Ave.
  • 38.0 Right onto E 45th St (becomes NW 45th St).
  • 38.3 Left onto NW Columbia St.
  • 40.4 Return to the corner of Columbia St and W Eighth St. End ride.
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    62.799 km / 39.021 mi

    Total Distance

    649 m / 2,131 ft

    Total Ascent

    644 m / 2,111 ft

    Total Descent

    115 m / 378 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 40.4
    Elevation Gain: 3295
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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