Sauvie Island

CYCLE PORTLAND, ROAD RIDE, SAUVIE ISLAND Sauvie Island is a rural sanctuary just north of downtown Portland. It is a favorite weekend bike ride of cyclists because of the flat, low-traffic roads. The island is predominantly farmland, and the interior is home to flocks of migrating birds. Beyond the paved roads on the north side of the island are several beaches. Be sure to bring bike repair equipment as there are no bike shops (and no gas stations) on the island. This bike ride will take you on almost all of the paved roads on the island. The route on the northern side of the island takes you along the Columbia River where you’ll ride next to the dike. The southern side of the island travels along the Multnomah Channel where you’ll bike ride along the top of the dike and see houseboat communities on one side and farms on the other. The most colorful time to ride on the island is in the summer and early fall, but the island has good cycling year-round. The only time I avoid this ride is in mid-winter when the head winds can be quite strong. FOOD AND DRINK There are several places to stop along the route at convenience stores and cafés, but they are a bit of a distance from each other. Be sure to have plenty of water and some snacks with you. ACCESS By car, take US 30 west toward St. Helens. Turn right onto Sauvie Island Road/NW Sauvie Island Bridge. Parking in a lot at the foot of the bridge. By public transportation, take Bus #17 toward St. Johns.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
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): 61.4
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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