Columbia Tech Center

CYCLE PORTLAND, KID FRIENDLY RIDE, COLUMBIA TECH CENTER This short, flat bike ride is a perfect way to get familiar with bicycling if you haven’t been on a bike for a while. The streets are wide and have well marked bike lanes. On weekends the tech center is very quiet because most of the buildings are active only during business hours. The area is well landscaped with ponds, waterfalls, and a beautiful park that is popular with families and is located next to the Columbia Valley Elementary School. Plan to drive to the Columbia Tech Center if you are starting from downtown Portland. Public transportation is infrequent to this location. Once you have parked near the Columbia Valley Elementary School, however, you will find others who have discovered this popular area for bicycling and walking. Begin at the park next to the school. There is a slight elevation here, but the rest of the bike ride is level. Ride through the park where you’ll find flat grassy expanses, waterfalls, a duck pond, and lots of benches where you can sit and enjoy the quiet scenery. Since Columbia Tech Center is an industrial center, there will be very few vehicles on the roads during the weekend. After you leave the park, bike ride along the tree lined roads of the center with wide bike lanes. Even though you are on public streets, this is a family-friendly ride since there is virtually no traffic on weekends. The outlined route brings you past all of the interesting sights. Ride through the park so that you become familiar with your bicycle and gain confidence to ride through the Tech Center streets. Along the way you will find a secluded softball field tucked behind some of the buildings. This is where the only public restroom is located. The Tech Center is surrounded by the wide bustling streets of suburban Vancouver, and on one corner of the industrial park is a shopping center with plenty of restaurant choices if you decided not to bring a picnic. Since the route is flat you may want to make the loop a couple of times. There is plenty to see and the park is a terrific place to bring children. They can play in the field, watch the ducks in the pond, and have a picnic. With small children the park offers wide bike/pedestrian pathways where they can learn to ride. Side Trips Lacamas Lake, the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and downtown Vancouver are all within a reasonably short drive. FOOD AND DRINK There are restaurants very close to the boundaries of the Tech Center. The only public restroom is a portable toilet at the softball field. ACCESS By car, take Route I-5 north toward Seattle; take exit 1A for WA-14E toward Camas; take exit 8 for SE 164th Avenue. Turn right onto SE Tech Center Drive then turn right onto SE Sequoia Circle. On-street parking. Accessing this ride via public transportation is not recommended.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
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
Estimated Distance (Kms): 4.7
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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