Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Columbia Tech Center Ride

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.

Terrain

Smooth, paved streets and bike/pedestrian paths.

Traffic

Paved bike/pedestrian paths and low traffic streets with bike lanes.

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.

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.

Side Trips

Lacamas Lake, the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and downtown Vancouver are all within a reasonably short drive.

 

More Details

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. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at Columbia Valley Elementary School and enter the park via the bike/pedestrian path.
  • 0.09 Right on path to far side of park. 0.38 Left at fork.
  • 0.42 Right to circle far side of park.
  • 0.74 Left to ride the inside circle pathway of the park.
  • 0.84 Right at the fork.
  • 1.05 Right onto main bike/pedestrian path.
  • 1.13 Right to exit park onto SE Sequoia Circle.
  • 1.23 Left onto SE Cardinal Court.
  • 1.35 Enter Wacom Technology and circumnavigate the bike path.
  • 1.74 Left onto SE Sequoia Circle.
  • 1.77 Right onto SE Tech Center Dr.
  • 1.94 Left onto SE Redwood Circle.
  • 2.28 Left at the corner and ride through parking lot at Peet’s Coffee.
  • 2.46 Left onto SE Tech Center Dr.
  • 2.81 Right onto SE Sequoia Circle.
  • 2.95 Return to Columbia Valley Elementary School. End ride.
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    4.742 km / 2.947 mi

    Total Distance

    41 m / 135 ft

    Total Ascent

    41 m / 134 ft

    Total Descent

    87 m / 286 ft

    Highest Point

    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
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 2.95
    Elevation Gain: 20
    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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