Crazy Parks Ride

CYCLE PORTLAND, ROAD RIDE, CRAZY PARKS RIDE Washington Park offers terrific museums and other amenities, but nothing beats bike riding SW Kingston Drive down through the lush, dense woods. Bike riding down this road is only half the elevation you need to descend. SW Vista Avenue is quite steep and your brakes need to be up to the task. At the bottom of the hill you’re near chic NW 23rd Avenue where shopping and dining have been elevated to an art form. NW Everett Street will bring you into town and along the North Park Blocks. At the corner of SW Taylor Street you’ll encounter Mill Ends Park, the world’s smallest park. Formerly a utility pole, this park is located in the median strip where a single evergreen tree is surrounded by a diminutive concrete wall. Both the east and west sides of the Willamette River are parks that the public enjoys year-round. At the base of SW Ankeny Street is a wide expanse of brick and granite where fountains and parks provide terrific space for kids to play. After crossing the Hawthorne Bridge you’ll bike ride past Chapman Park located behind City Hall and around the Elk Fountain in the middle of Main Street. At the top of the hill will be Shemanski Park located in the South Park Blocks across from the Portland Art Museum. Bike riding over SW Jefferson Street you’ll come to the Jefferson Street City Park – truly more of a traffic circle than a park. Further along at the intersection of SW 18th Avenue and Burnside Street is the Portland Firefighters Park – a park disguised as a monument. A short distance from here you will come back into the chic section of town on your way to the obscure entrance to Washington Park. You’ll ride the switchbacks up to the road, through the Rose Garden access road, and ascend the remainder of the West Hills via a beautiful neighborhood along SW Fairview Boulevard before returning to the starting point. FOOD AND DRINK Plenty of options for food and drinks at the Rose Garden and throughout the urban parts of the ride. Restrooms available at Washington Park between the Tri-Met stations. ACCESS By car, take 26 west to exit 72 toward Zoo/Forestry Center. On-street parking. By public transportation, from downtown Portland take any Red or Blue TriMet MAX train line toward Hillsboro or Beaverton; disembark at Washington Park station.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: All
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 20.92
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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