Cycle Portland, Road & Kids Friendly Ride, Smith and Bybee Lakes to Kelley Point Park

Not very far from downtown Portland and within easy bicycling distance is the quiet area of Smith and Bybee lakes. A short bike ride beyond this is beautiful Kelley Point Park at the mouth of the Columbia River. If you like to bike ride, picnic, sightsee, and hike, this is the perfect bike ride for you to plan for a warm, summer day. This wonderful nature bike ride north of Portland has plenty to see and do at the two quiet parks along this route.

Terrain

Smooth, paved streets and paved bike/pedestrian paths some of which will be rough.

Traffic

Moderate urban traffic along most of the streets. The route also accesses bike/pedestrian pathways at the two major parks.

Access

By car, take the Broadway Bridge east, slight right onto N Weidler Street then right onto NE Wheeler Avenue. On-street parking or in the Rose Quarter parking garage.

By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Red, Blue, or Green line to the Rose Quarter Transit Center station.

Food and Drink

There is a small coffee shop at the MAX station and plenty of restaurants at the beginning and end of the ride. There are public restrooms at Smith and Bybee lakes and also at Kelley Point Park.

Side Trip

Visit the University of Portland campus or explore downtown St. Johns.

 

More Details

Begin your ride at the Rose Quarter MAX station and bike ride north toward St. Johns. These urban streets with wide bike lanes are designed for bicycles. N Williams Avenue is a very popular bicycling corridor. You’ll also find plenty of bicycling traffic along N Willamette Boulevard. Many of the people who live in this section of town commute by bicycle to school and work. Just after passing the University of Portland, take a right onto N Portsmouth Avenue and travel through the urban landscape until you come to the Columbia Slough Trail where you will leave traffic behind.

Quickly you will find yourself in a quiet park behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This trail will bring you to the bike path that parallels the road. Ahead you will see a railroad bridge. Look for the sign indicating that Smith and Bybee lakes are left. Cross the street with care and pass through the concrete barriers onto the unused road. This section of the road is gravelly but most road bikes should be able to handle the terrain. Ride along the railroad tracks. There are numerous hiking trails below the road. At the restrooms you will find bike racks to park your bike if you would like to take a hike down to the lakes.

The path comes up to N. Marine Drive as you exit the lakes area. Here you will encounter very little traffic on weekends as this is the industrial area of the Port of Portland, where cars and containers are unloaded from ships. The bike/pedestrian pathway is very wide and flat. At the end of the pathway, cross onto the street. The access road to Kelley Point Park will be a short ride ahead. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at corner of NE Wheeler and NE Multnomah streets and ride north on NE Wheeler St.
  • 0.2 Right onto N Williams Ave bike lane.
  • 2.2 Cross N Killingsworth St through bike-access point to continue on N Williams Ave.
  • 2.5 Left onto NE Ainsworth St.
  • 4.0 Right onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 4.3 Cross through the bike-access island to turn left onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 5.9 Right onto N Portsmouth Ave.
  • 7.3 Cross Columbia Blvd; right at bottom of hill onto N Columbia Court to access the Columbia Slough Trail.
  • 7.5 Left onto bike path directly ahead and follow the path around the wastewater treatment plant to the right.
  • 7.9 Right over the bridge to cross Columbia River Slough, then left onto paved portion of the path.
  • 8.3 Right along N Portland Rd; path parallels road.
  • 8.9 Cross N Portland Rd just before railroad bridge.
  • 10.0 Exit lake area; continue straight along path which comes up to N Marine Dr.
  • 12.3 Trail ends; right to cross street and travel on road to Kelley Point Park.
  • 12.7 Enter Kelley Point Park.
  • 13.0 Left at parking lot onto bike/pedestrian path.
  • 14.0 Right fork to ride to the end of the path; reverse direction.
  • 14.2 Right to continue on path.
  • 14.3 Right onto access road to exit park.
  • 14.7 Left onto N Marine Dr to retrace route back to lake area.
  • 17.0 Continue along bike/pedestrian path through Smith and Bybee lakes.
  • 18.1 Cross N Portland Rd, then right along bike path.
  • 18.7 Left to enter Columbia Slough Trail.
  • 19.0 Right to cross bridge over Columbia Slough.
  • 19.1 Left after bridge to continue along Columbia Slough Trail.
  • 19.6 Exit trail onto N Columbia Court.
  • 19.7 Left onto N Portsmouth up hill to the traffic light and cross Columbia Blvd and take a right onto the sidewalk going in the opposite direction of the traffic; follow the sidewalk to access the Peninsula Crossing Trail.
  • 19.9 Left to access Peninsula Crossing Trail.
  • 20.2 Cross over Fessenden St.
  • 20.7 Cross over Lombard St.
  • 21.0 Path ends at N Carey Blvd. Continue straight.
  • 21.1 Left onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 23.7 Left on N Ainsworth St.
  • 25.1 Right on N Vancouver Ave.
  • 27.7 Return to the corner of NE Wheeler and NE Multnomah streets. End ride.
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    43.44 km / 26.992 mi

    Total Distance

    174 m / 572 ft

    Total Ascent

    175 m / 575 ft

    Total Descent

    66 m / 216 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: 27.7
    Elevation Gain: 735
    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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