Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Ground Water Well Tour

This flat bike ride highlights the efforts to keep Portland’s water clean. Bike ride Marine Drive along the magnificent Columbia River; visit beautiful Blue Lake Regional Park, and return to Cascade station with views of the Columbia Slough. Much of this bike ride travels the wide lanes through industrial parks that have low traffic on weekends. The rest of the bike ride is along bike paths with bike and pedestrian traffic, but no motor vehicles.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets.

Traffic

Low-traffic streets with bike lanes and bike paths.

Access

By car, Morrison Bridge east then I-5 N/I-84 E/US- 30 E ramp to I-84 to The Dalles; exit 8 to merge onto I-205 N toward Portland airport; exit 24A for Airport Way W toward Portland airport; merge onto NE Airport Way; slight right to stay on NE Airport Way. Parking available at Aloft Hotel and at the shopping center.

By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Red line toward airport to Cascade station.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Blue Lake Regional Park.

Side Trips

Visit Blue Lake Regional Park; ride the full length of Marine Drive; stop and watch the planes take off and land.

 

More Details

Beginning at Cascade station this ride will bring you through the commercial/industrial section of northeast Portland which offers terrific roads to ride on weekends when vehicular traffic is almost nonexistent. Along the way you will have views of Mount Hood from several vista points. If you choose a clear day to ride, the mountain peak appears to rise out of the Columbia River along Marine Drive. Visiting somewhat remote sections, you will have views of the Johnson Lake Property and the Columbia Slough, both of which are great places to do some bird watching.

Blue Lake Regional Park is the perfect point to stop for a picnic and enjoy the lake. There are plenty of picnic tables available at the park, or just rest beside the shore and enjoy the view. Leaving the park, ride along the bike path to the far side and exit through the chain link fence onto NE Interlachen Lane. The return trip brings you along Marine Drive near the airport. It is quite a sight to have a plane land while you are riding on the switchback leaving the bike path. The airport is ahead of you and the planes come in directly overhead.

You may want to stop for a while just to experience the thrill. Return to Cascade station via NE Airport Way which has a wide bike lane. If you didn’t plan a picnic at Blue Lake Regional Park, there are plenty of restaurants and courtyards at Cascade station to spend some time relaxing

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at Cascade MAX station.
  • 0.1 Cross the TriMet tracks; right onto NE Mount St. Helens Ave.
  • 0.4 Left onto NE Alderwood Rd.
  • 0.6 Left onto NE Glass Plant Rd; reverse direction.
  • 1.0 Cross NE Alderwood Rd to Johnson Lake Property; reverse direction.
  • 1.5 Right onto NE Alderwood Rd.
  • 1.6 Left onto NE 105th Ave.
  • 2.2 Right onto NE Airport Way.
  • 4.3 Left onto NE 152nd Pl.
  • 4.4 Right at cul-de-sac onto bike path.
  • 4.6 Cross NE 158th Ave onto NE Cameron Blvd.
  • 5.1 Right onto NE 166th Ave.
  • 5.2 Cross NE Airport Way to Columbia Slough; reverse direction; right onto NE Airport Way.
  • 6.0 Left onto NE River Side Parkway.
  • 6.4 Left onto NE 185th Ave.
  • 6.7 Right onto NE Marine Dr bike path.
  • 7.8 Right onto NE Blue Lake Rd.
  • 8.0 Enter park.
  • 9.0 Right onto NE Interlachen Lane to exit park.
  • 9.2 Left onto NE Marine Dr bike path.
  • 12.1 Cross NE Marine Dr via bike/pedestrian traffic signal.
  • 12.8 Cross NE Marine Dr at NE 122nd Ave to access bike path on opposite side.
  • 14.4 Via switchback cross NE Marine Dr to bike path on opposite side.
  • 14.8 Right at roundabout onto NE Lombard St which becomes NE Mt. Hood Ave.
  • 15.1 Left onto NE Cascade Parkway.
  • 15.4 Return to starting point. End ride.
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    23.931 km / 14.87 mi

    Total Distance

    106 m / 347 ft

    Total Ascent

    106 m / 347 ft

    Total Descent

    15 m / 49 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    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: 15.4
    Elevation Gain: 480
    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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