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.
Rough roads, some shoulder-less. Root eruptions in places.
Short section of urban traffic, then low-traffic roads.
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.
Three vineyards – Plum Hill Vineyards, Patton Valley Vineyards, Montinore Estate – and one craft Sake bottler, Sake One.
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.
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