Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Jackson Bottom Loop

Starting in Hillsboro center this bike ride quickly takes you into the countryside past two wineries with tasting rooms. The Jackson Bottom Wetlands preserve has helped to maintain the surrounding area as a lush rural farming community. In addition to the vineyards, the nurseries along this route produce a large variety of ornamental plants and trees that give the countryside wonderfully varying colors. A visual feast for the cyclist! 

Terrain

Paved roads of varying quality, many without shoulders and some with rough surfaces.

Traffic

Very low traffic beyond Hillsboro Center.

Access

By car, take US 26 west to exit 69A to Highway 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. Parking available in parking garage or on-street.

By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Blue line to Hillsboro; Hatfield Government Center station is the last stop. By bus, take #57 from the Beaverton Transit Center.

Food and Drink

There are numerous restaurants and convenience stores at the start and end of the ride, but once outside Hillsboro Center there is no food and drink available.

Side Trip

Shute Park is a great location for a picnic; two vineyards along the way offer tasting rooms; Rood Bridge Park has playgrounds and bike paths; two golf courses on this route are worth a return visit.

 

More Details

Just a short ride beyond Hillsboro Center is Jackson Bottom Wetlands. This 725 acre wildlife preserve offers quiet open waters, rolling meadows, and woods that are home to thousands of birds, beavers, deer, and otters. The preserve has a resource center that provides educational resources to school children, bird watchers, and researchers interested in wetlands and aquatic education. Forest Hills Golf Course was built in 1927 and is one of the few remaining courses nestled in rolling foothills and beautiful farmland.

The fairways are treelined, the greens well-manicured, and the bunkers are placed to provide sufficient challenge for all levels of golfers. Several of the golf holes provide views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Around the corner from “The Hills” is A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery which is located on a hillside of rich volcanic soil. The 480 foot elevation is protected by higher hills on three sides from harsh weather. These conditions help to warm the grapes and produce a very fine Pinot Noir. At about the half-way point in the ride you will find Oak Knoll Winery. Established in 1970, this winery was the first in Washington County.

With ancestors from the Bordeaux region of France, it is no wonder that this family-owned winery has produced outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling wines. On the return leg of the route is Meriwether National Golf Course which you will find on Rood Bridge Road. The course offers 27 regulation holes built along the Tualatin River and surrounded by farmland. The course provides a mix of open spaces, trees, ponds and indigenous birds and wildlife. Both Forest Hills and Meriwether National Golf Course offer memberships at reasonable rates.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Hillsboro Hatfield Government Center MAX station.
  • 0.1 Left out of station to SFirst Ave; also Highway 219.
  • 0.4 Right onto S First; Cross Walnut St and pick up bike lane. Watch for railroad tracks. You’ll soon be out in the country. Narrow bike lane on two lane road but it’s nice and flat. Go by Jackson Bottom Wetlands on left and cross Tualatin River. Road is a little rough in places.
  • 2.8 Right onto S Tongue Ln. Through farmland you’ll lose the bike lane, but traffic is light here.
  • 5.7 Right onto SW Golf Course Rd directly across from the Forest Hills Golf Course.
  • 6.0 Short way then left onto SW Blooming Fern Hill Rd; pass by Blooming Fern Hill Vineyard & Winery with tasting room. This is where the hills begin.
  • 7.1 Left onto SW Hergbert Rd.
  • 7.8 Left onto SW Nursery Rd; the road ends at a cemetery.
  • 8.8 Right onto SW Iowa Hill Rd. At the top of the hill (quite a hill!) you’ll be glad to know that your hills have not ended yet
  • 10.0 Left onto SW Dober Rd and continue climbing. Every uphill is rewarded with a great downhill and this is no exception. Enjoy the farmland on both sides of the road as you come zooming down the hill.
  • 11.2 Left onto SW Riedweg Rd; this road has a multitude of sharp turns and the pavement is rough with several hills.
  • 13.4 Right onto SW Simpson Rd and cross over Highway 219.
  • 15.4 Slight right onto SW Burkhalter Rd and go by the Oak Knoll Winery.
  • 18.4 Left onto Rood Bridge Rd; you will be coming into more residential area. Pass by the Meriwether National Golf Course and the Rood Bridge Park.
  • 18.6 Right at Hillsboro High School.
  • 19.8 Left at traffic light is SE River Rd; there is a right turn lane, so bicycles need to move into the middle of the road and take a left with the traffic.
  • 20.4 Left onto Tualatin Valley Hwy (TV Highway). This is a busy road, but there is a bike lane.
  • 21.2 Left onto SE Walnut St; make a box turn at this busy, multi-lane road.
  • 21.6 Right onto S First Ave, then left onto S. Washington St to return to the Hatfield Government Center MAX station. End ride.
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    33.891 km / 21.059 mi

    Total Distance

    382 m / 1,252 ft

    Total Ascent

    382 m / 1,252 ft

    Total Descent

    151 m / 496 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    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: 21.6
    Elevation Gain: 1423
    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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