Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Fernhill Park Ride

Located in the Northeast quadrant of the city this bike ride passes by several parks and through lovely Northeast Portland neighborhoods. You will bike ride on NE Going Street, one of the popular neighborhood greenways also known as bike boulevards, and onto a cycle track, which separates cyclists from the motor vehicles via a raised track. You can also access this ride via several bus routes.

Terrain

Smooth well-maintained streets. Flat with the highest elevation at 236 feet.

Traffic

Though some of the streets are well-traveled by automobiles, there are plenty of low-traffic streets that meander through the neighborhoods.

Access 

By car, take Burnside Street east across the Burnside Bridge then left onto NE Grand Avenue which becomes NE Martin Luther King Boulevard. Right onto NE Going Street. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take Bus #6 along Martin Luther King Boulevard to the intersection of NE Wygant Street. Walk half a block down to NE Going Street.

Food and Drink

Lots of opportunities to fuel up along N Alberta Street, N Killingsworth, 42nd Avenue, and at the intersection of NE Cully Boulevard and NE Prescott Street. There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Fernhill Park. The wonderfully fragrant Delphenia’s Bakery is on the corner of NE 42nd Avenue and NE Going Street.

Side Trip

Alberta Arts and historic Mississippi Districts, Woodland Park, Columbia Slough wetlands.

 

More Details

Begin by taking the #6 Bus disembarking on NE Martin Luther King Boulevard at NE Going Street. Proceed east along NE Going Street. This route brings you by several urban green spaces. The first park you will come to is Woodlawn Park which is bisected by a wooden bridge and has paved pathways, several shaded park benches, picnic areas, and a playground.

The second park is Alberta Park located along NE Ainsworth Boulevard where the roadway is separated by a landscaped mall. This is the location of a weekly Bike Polo game every Sunday afternoon at 3pm and often on Wednesday evenings. The official city-sanctioned play space is the tennis courts allowing the players to engage in this rough and tumble game on a smooth surface and fenced off from the rest of the park . Players converge on the park, polo mallets in hand, ready to rumble.

After some contentiousness, the city and players worked out an agreement to allow players to bring “adult beverages” to the park as long as they are in covered containers. Fernhill Park is the third park along the route and marks the approximate mid-point of the ride. This large park has tennis courts, a big playground with a popular tire swing, and varying topography that the cyclist can ride by and admire while remaining on the relatively flat road surface. This park is a popular location for high school cross-country track meets because of its hills and dips. There is also a well-favored designated dog park on the far side next to the softball field. On the return trip along NE Going Street two schools have large fields and playgrounds. King School Playground is not a designated park, but is used as such by the neighborhood because of its large field.

King School is also the site of the annual Good in the Hood event and the kick-off parade of Pedalpalooza each June. Another popular playground is located at Rigler Elementary School, and though it is small, the neighborhood children enjoy the play structures there.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at NE Going St and MLK Blvd, ride east on NE Going St.
  • 0.7 Left onto NE 17th Ave to the corner of NE Alberta St.
  • 0.9 Cross NE Alberta St and dog leg left at NE Killingsworth St to remain on NE 17th Ave.
  • 1.5 Dog leg left at NE Holman St to remain on NE 17th Ave.
  • 1.7 Left onto NE Junior St.
  • 1.9 Right onto NE 13th Ave. Cross NE Dekum St, then an immediate right onto NE Claremont Ave around the Woodland Park Condos and into Woodland Park.
  • 2.1 Left onto NE Oneonta St.
  • 2.3 Left to cross NE Dekum St to continue on NE Durham St. NE Durham St ends at NE Holman St where tiny Holman City Park is located.
  • 2.6 Left around the park and then right onto N 13th Ave.
  • 2.7 Left onto NE Ainsworth St. NE Ainsworth St ends at NE 37th Ave at the entrance to Fernhill Park.
  • 4.0 Left onto NE 37th Ave.
  • 4.1 Right onto NE Holman St at roundabout keeping Fernhill Park on your right.
  • 4.3 At 41st Ave you will find another roundabout. Take a right continuing with the park on your right hand side.
  • 4.5 Follow the road as it turns into NE Simpson Ct after crossing NE 42nd Ave.
  • 4.7 Left onto NE Simpson St.
  • 5.5 Right at NE 60th Ave and cross NE Killingsworth St.
  • 6.1 Right onto NE Going St.
  • 6.4 Right onto NE 55th Ave at the Rigler School playground.
  • 6.5 Left onto NE Wygant St.
  • 6.6 Left onto NE 52nd Ave. Basically you will have gone around the playground.
  • 6.7 Right onto NE Going St again.
  • 6.9 Dogleg left at NE 47th Ave to remain on NE Going St. Cross busy NE 42nd Ave and remain on NE Going St.
  • 7.7 Left at NE 33rd Ave via the cycle track and jog right onto NE Going St.
  • 9.1 Pass by King Middle School playground.
  • 9.2 Return to NE Martin Luther King Blvd and NE Going St. End of ride.
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    16.189 km / 10.059 mi

    Total Distance

    112 m / 367 ft

    Total Ascent

    111 m / 364 ft

    Total Descent

    74 m / 243 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    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: 9.2
    Elevation Gain: 340
    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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