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.
Smooth, paved streets and paved bike/pedestrian paths some of which will be rough.
Moderate urban traffic along most of the streets. The route also accesses bike/pedestrian pathways at the two major parks.
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.
Visit the University of Portland campus or explore downtown St. Johns.
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.
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