Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Two Bridges Two States Loop Ride

This iconic Portland/Vancouver bike ride is very popular with local bicycling clubs. It has the intrigue of traveling two states and bike riding across the two bridges connecting Oregon and Washington states. You’ll also bike ride along cycling paths that parallel two of the most heavily traveled highways without having to tangle with traffic. This is a must bike ride for anyone who wants to be considered a committed cyclist in the area.

Terrain

Smooth, paved streets and popular bike/pedestrian paths.

Traffic

Paved bike/pedestrian paths on most of this ride. Urban streets have low to moderate traffic with bike lanes.

Access

By car, take Route I-5 north toward Seattle; take exit 307 for Oregon 99E/Marine Drive toward Delta Park; keep left at the fork, follow signs for M.L.K. Jr Boulevard/Marine Drive W; turn right onto Marine Drive W. Expo Center is on the left; parking available at the top of N Force Avenue or on-street. By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX yellow line north to the Expo MAX station, the last station.

Food and Drink

There are restaurants along Marine Drive and in Vancouver on the return ride. Restrooms available in Esther Short Park.

Side Trips

Explore downtown Vancouver, stop along Marine Drive to watch the planes take off and land, or visit Blue Lake Regional Park.

 

More Details

Taking public transportation to the starting point of this bike ride will prove that getting around Portland without a car is truly possible. Begin by crossing Marine Drive W onto the bike path. Don’t miss the sign for Vancouver/ Marine Drive. Take a right and go through the tunnel to ride along the highway onto Hayden Island and then cross the I-5 Bridge. When you exit, be careful riding through the parking lot to the street.

Traffic can be heavy at times, but Vancouver streets are wide and provide ample room for bicycles. There are a couple of tricky turns. The first is after turning onto SE 98th Avenue. Travel half way down the hill to take the left onto SE 10th Street. The second is on SE 23rd Avenue. You may think you have taken a wrong turn because the street is narrow and dead-ends. Take heart! There is a sign tucked into the woods on the left side of the road that you cannot see until you come to the dead end. It directs you to the bike path and brings you very close to the overpass which is a bit strange, but the real thrill is when you ride up to the middle of the I-205 highway. The traffic travels on both sides and the noise level is high, but the path is separated by fences for a safe ride back to Portland.

Once in Oregon, again access the Marine Drive Trail and ride along the Columbia River. This very popular multi-use path will have plenty of bike and pedestrian traffic on a good day. Just after you cross onto Marine Drive Trail, stop and enjoy the view of Mount Hood behind you. This is also a terrific place to watch the planes landing at the Portland airport. They come directly overhead – quite a sight! You’ll leave Marine Drive when it veers right to ride into the small harbor where you’ll be greeted by the sights and sounds of a small marine village complete with marina and houseboats. From here it is a short ride back to your starting point at the Expo MAX station.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Expo TriMet MAX station on the yellow line. Right onto Marine Dr W via the sidewalk to the traffic light. Left to cross Marine Dr W and access the bike path on the opposite side and ride in opposite direction of traffic.
  • 0.4 Left onto bike path at sign for “Vancouver, Marine Drive” and follow path to cross the I-5 Bridge. Take right bike path (a short distance) and ride through the tunnel which goes under the bike path you were just on.
  • 0.7 Cross Columbia Slough into Hayden Island along I-5.
  • 1.1 Continue straight via sidewalk. In order to do this, you must cross N Tomahawk Island Dr via the pedestrian crossing.
  • 1.2 Left at next traffic light onto bike path. Cross via pedestrian traffic signal then left on the bike path to circle around and ride along the bike path next to I-5 and cross Columbia River.
  • 2.1 Right through parking lot then right onto SE Columbia Way (also known as Columbia St).
  • 3.2 Right onto W McLoughlin Blvd (which becomes E McLoughlin Blvd at Main St).
  • 5.5 Right onto Brandt Rd then left onto E Mill Plain Blvd.
  • 5.9 Right onto McArthur Blvd.
  • 7.9 Jog right onto St. Helens Ave.
  • 8.5 Right onto SE 98thAve.
  • 8.6 Left half way down the hill onto SE 10th St.
  • 9.2 Right onto SE Ellwood Rd.
  • 9.8 Left onto SE 23rd St to end of road.
  • 10.1 Left onto bike path to cross I-205 Bridge (also known as War Veterans Memorial Freeway).
  • 12.7 Left at NE Airport Way.
  • 12.8 Left onto I-205 multi-use path.
  • 13.0 Cross NE Marine Dr to take a left onto Marine Dr Bike Path.
  • 17.1 Bike path ends. Cross NE Marine Dr to access bike path on opposite side.
  • 18.0 Right onto access road along NE 33rd Ave up to Marine Dr.
  • 18.1 Left onto NE Marine Dr.
  • 19.0 Continue onto NE Bridgeton Rd where NE Marine Dr veers left.
  • 19.7 Left onto N Gantenbein Ave.
  • 19.8 Right onto N Marine Dr.
  • 20.1 Right onto N Anchor Way.
  • 20.4 At cul de sac access bike path and turn right.
  • 20.6 Cross Marine Dr W and turn right via sidewalk to ride in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • 20.7 Left onto sidewalk and ride down to Expo TriMet station. End ride.
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    46.385 km / 28.823 mi

    Total Distance

    216 m / 709 ft

    Total Ascent

    297 m / 975 ft

    Total Descent

    92 m / 303 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    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: 20.7
    Elevation Gain: 720
    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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