Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Hillsboro Stroll

A stroll through Hillsboro would not be complete without bike riding by fields of wheat and corn, over rolling hills that pass by vineyards with ripening grapes hanging heavy on the vine. Add a loop around beautiful Hagg Lake and you have the recipe for this iconic rural Oregon bike ride. Much of the route out is flat, the ride back has some small rolling hills, but climbing the hills around Hagg Lake provides you with stunning views.

Terrain

Rough roads, some shoulder-less. Root eruptions in places.

Traffic

Short section of urban traffic, then low-traffic roads.

Access

By car, take 26 west to exit 69A to Route 217 south toward Beaverton/Tigard; take exit 2 onto OR-8/Canyon Road; right onto SW Canyon Road; road becomes TV Highway and then SE 10th Avenue; left onto E Main Street. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Blue line train to Hillsboro; Hatfield Government Center MAX station is the last stop.

By Bus, take #57 from the Beaverton Transit Center.

Food and Drink

At the TriMet MAX station there is both a deli and a hot dog stand. A short distance into town there are numerous restaurants and convenience stores.

Side Trip

Three vineyards – Plum Hill Vineyards, Patton Valley Vineyards, Montinore Estate – and one craft Sake bottler, Sake One.

 

More Details

Beginning in Hillsboro center you’ll have to endure the short bike ride along Route 8 west to Cornelius before turning off onto more rural roads that bring you out to farm country along a bike path and the turn off toward Hagg Lake. The bike ride becomes much quieter and riding single file along the shoulder-less road is no longer necessary. If you plan well, you can bring an extra pannier or small trailer so that when you visit one (or more!) of the local vineyards along the route you can buy some wine for the picnic you’ll want to have when you ride around Hagg Lake.

There are several picnic areas, 15 miles of hiking trails, and the lake is fully stocked for those who enjoy fishing. Bird watching at one of the observation decks provides quiet relaxation before tackling the hills on the second half of the ride around the lake. The return trip to Hillsboro Center brings you along rural roads through farm country. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Hillsboro Hatfield Government Center MAX station and ride west along OR 8, also known as E Baseline St. This becomes N Adair St and then Pacific Ave.
  • 4.7 Left at Quince St onto Tualatin Valley Hwy (aka TV Hwy Route 47) and pick up the bike path.
  • 9.8 Right onto SW Scoggins Valley Rd.
  • 13.3 Left onto W Shore Dr, which is the first left upon entering Scoggins Valley State Park, toward Sain Creek and ride clockwise around Hagg Lake.
  • 19.3 W Shore Dr becomes SW Scoggins Valley Rd at about the halfway point around the lake.
  • 23.6 Exit the park via SW Scoggins Valley Rd.
  • 27.0 Right onto Tualitin Valley Hwy Route 47 toward Gaston.
  • 28.7 Left onto SW Gaston Rd, aka Main St.
  • 29.6 Left at 4-way stop onto SW Springhill Rd.
  • 32.5 Right onto SW Fern Hill Rd.
  • 35.4 Right onto SW Geiger Rd.
  • 36.2 Left onto SW Lafollett Rd.
  • 37.2 Left onto SW Golf Course Rd which becomes S 10th Ave.
  • 38.1 Right onto Baseline St, aka OR 8, after crossing the railroad tracks.
  • 41.4 Left onto Adair St.
  • 41.6 Return to Hillsboro Hatfield Government Center MAX station. End ride.
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    65.197 km / 40.512 mi

    Total Distance

    438 m / 1,435 ft

    Total Ascent

    438 m / 1,436 ft

    Total Descent

    139 m / 455 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: High
    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: 41.6
    Elevation Gain: 1790
    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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