Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Tri-Park Trip

The neighborhoods on the east side of the city have been upgraded to provide bike-friendly infrastructure and encourage low-traffic streets. Many of the streets have way-finding signs for cyclists, arrows painted on the streets, and traffic signals for easy crossing of busy intersections. Beginning at Laurelhurst Park, one of the largest and most popular parks in Portland, this route will take you along many of the streets that provide safe travel for cyclists.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets with sharrows and bike lanes.

Access 

By car, take the Morrison Bridge east; first left onto SE Grand Avenue; right onto SE Stark Street; left onto SE 37th Avenue. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take Bus #15 to SE Belmont Street and SE 37th Avenue, stop #425.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Laurelhurst and Colonal Summers parks.

Side Trip

Oaks Amusement Park, Hawthorne and Belmont Districts, downtown Sellwood, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

 

More Details

Laurelhurst Park is a great place to being this journey. The park is 31 acres of year-round fun. It includes a pond, a basketball court, a dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, picnic sites, a playground, a soccer field, tennis courts, and a volleyball court. The large grassy fields are very popular places on warm Sunday afternoons for family picnics, and the pathways are filled with children and adults riding their bikes.

From Laurelhurst Park, begin the loop around southeast Portland and come to Colonel Summer City Park at SE 17th Avenue and SE Taylor Street. This six acre park tucked into the residential neighborhood has similar features to Laurelhurst Park but not as much expanse. Continue along your ride to Sewallcrest Park at SE 31st Avenue and SE Market Street. Also a small park in a residential neighborhood, this park is a good choice to stop for a snack, to let your dog run in the off-leash section, and enjoy lying back on the grass for a few moments before continuing your journey.

End your ride by taking a spin around Laurelhurst Park where you can enjoy the large shade trees, and the abundance of rhododendrons growing along the pathways.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 From Laurelhurst Park at SE 37th Ave and Oak St ride west toward SE 33rd Ave.
  • 0.3 Right onto SE 33rd Ave.
  • 0.4 Left onto SE Ankeny St.
  • 1.4 Left onto SE 16th Ave.
  • 1.9 Left onto SE Taylor St.
  • 2.1 Right onto SE 21st Ave then left onto SE Salmon St.
  • 2.8 Right onto SE 32nd Place.
  • 3.3 Right onto SE Grant St then left onto SE 32nd Ave.
  • 3.6 Left onto SE Clinton St.
  • 4.5 Left onto SE 47th Ave; jog at SE Division to remain on SE 47th Ave.
  • 4.9 Left onto SE Harrison St.
  • 5.0 Right onto SE 45th Ave.
  • 5.6 Left onto SE Washington St.
  • 5.7 Right onto SE 43rd Ave.
  • 5.8 Right onto SE Stark St then immediate left onto SE 44th Ave.
  • 5.9 Left onto SE Oak St. Difficult crossing at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
  • 6.2 Return to Laurelhurst Park. End ride
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    9.997 km / 6.212 mi

    Total Distance

    84 m / 277 ft

    Total Ascent

    86 m / 283 ft

    Total Descent

    61 m / 199 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Varied
    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: 6.2
    Elevation Gain: 260
    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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