Fort Vancouver to Vancouver Lake

CYCLE PORTLAND, ROAD RIDE, FORT VANCOUVER TO VANCOUVER LAKE This bike ride brings you through the historic sites of Vancouver to present day deep-water Port Vancouver. Begin by visiting historic Fort Vancouver and the Pearson Air Museum and travel along the street of carefully preserved houses of Officer’s Row. You’ll leave this behind and ride through the modern-day inter-modal area of Port Vancouver and come to the confluence of the Multnomah Channel and Columbia River where oil tankers await entry to port. Begin at Propstra Square in Esther Short Park under the Glockenspiel and bike ride south toward the bridge. You will quickly come to the entrance to Fort Vancouver where you’ll find the carefully maintained Oldest Apple Tree in the northwest. You will bike ride along Officer’s Row under a mature tree canopy that not only provides welcome shade on a hot summer day, but also frames the magnificent houses, one of which was constructed for Ulysses S. Grant. As you leave the fort area, you will bike ride through downtown Vancouver heading toward Vancouver Lake. This wonderful park has a beach, picnic shelters and is a popular place for boating and kayaking. There are a number of play structures and plenty of open space for a quick game of softball. Leaving the lake, you’ll travel along the Frenchman’s Bar Trail through farmland. On your return trip, stop on the bridge above the railroad yard and you’re sure to see a train or two loaded with goods. Esther Short Park is the perfect place to end this ride. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a picnic, visit the farmers market, or just sit in one of the local cafés with your favorite beverage. Side Trips Visit the parks along the route, the Pearson Air Museum, Fort Vancouver, Vancouver Library, and the railroad yard along Evergreen. FOOD AND DRINK There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Esther Short Park, Vancouver Lake, and at the end of Fisherman’s Bar Trail. Food and restaurants can be found in downtown Vancouver. ACCESS By car, take Route I-5 north toward Seattle. After crossing the I-5 Bridge, take the second exit and follow signs to City Center. 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: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: All
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): 30.2
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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