Clark County Tour

CYCLE PORTLAND, ROAD 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. 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. 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. ACCESS By car, take Route I-5 to exit 1B in Vancouver, turn left onto E Sixth 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.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 65.0
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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