Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Hillsboro Farmlands 

This area of Hillsboro is a sensory delight of farmland, distant mountains, and golden wheat fields, not to mention the chickens, goats, and llamas you’ll see along the way.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets in Hillsboro, some with bike lanes, then paved, narrow rural roads with narrow shoulders.

Traffic

Moderate traffic on urban streets in Hillsboro, then low-traffic rural roads.

Access 

By car, take U.S. Route 26 west and merge onto NW Cornelius Pass Road, turn right onto NE Cornell Road then left onto NE 231st Avenue and right onto NE Alder Street. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take any red or blue line TriMet MAX train west to Orenco MAX station in Hillsboro.

Food and Drink

There are several small shops close by the Orenco TriMet MAX station to provide options for food and drink. About six miles from the end of the ride there is a restaurant on Helvetia Road. No public restrooms available.

Side Trip

Old Scotch Church, Helvetia Tavern, Jackson Bottom Wetlands.

 

More Details

Leaving the Orenco MAX station in suburban Hillsboro you will ride for about five miles on wide multi-lane roads with bike lanes. The ride becomes distinctly more rural once you turn onto Jackson School Road and remains so for the next 28 miles. You’ll pass the Old Scotch Church built in 1878 by Scottish Presbyterian immigrants. It’s definitely worth stopping for a photo.

Most of the route is relatively flat until about the 25 mile mark. Then you’ll find four hills. One on Mason Hill Road, one on Jackson Quarry Road, and the other two on Helvetia Road, the last of which is the highest peak. However, none of the hills is so challenging that you need to walk your bicycle with the highest peak at sub-500 feet. All provide opportunities for vista viewing at their peaks. The flat sections of the ride are along narrow paved rural roads with very low traffic. Though the shoulders are narrow, this is not a problem as you will not be competing for space with very many cars. You may encounter a horse or two, however. If you do this ride during the summer, you will pass by farms of golden waves of wheat and the occasional vineyard.

A short diversion up Bishop Road will bring you to a llama farm. This road is unpaved and a bit steep but worth the side trip to see the llamas up close. The return ride along Helvetia Road brings you to a delightful and popular restaurant with a front deck designed for tired and thirsty cyclists to enjoy refueling. It sits across from a farm with goats and donkeys that enjoy the attention of visitors. Turning onto NW Jacobson Road you return to suburbia quickly and ride through a residential neighborhood. Pick up the bike/pedestrian trail at Rock Creek Park to avoid the heavily traveled NW 185th Avenue. The only sections of the ride that have heavy traffic are the first and last mile.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the corner of NE Orenco Station Parkway and NE Campus Court.
  • 0.2 Right onto NE Cornell Rd.
  • 0.5 Left onto NW 229th Ave.
  • 1.7 Left onto NW Evergreen Parkway.
  • 4.9 Right onto NW Jackson School Rd.
  • 6.5 Left onto NW Scotch Church Rd.
  • 8.2 Cross NW Glencoe Rd to access NW Zion Church Rd which becomes NW Cornelius-Schefflin Rd.
  • 10.6 Right onto NW Roy Rd.
  • 14.3 Right onto NW Mountaindale Rd.
  • 14.6 Left onto NW Wilkesboro Mountain Rd.
  • 15.0 Right onto NW Mountaindale Rd.
  • 18.7 Road turns left.
  • 19.9 Left onto NW North Ave.
  • 20.9 Left onto NW Shadybrook Rd.
  • 23.4 Right onto NW Jackson School Rd.
  • 24.6 Left onto NW Mason Hill Rd.
  • 25.4 Right onto NE Jackson Quarry Rd.
  • 27.4 Left onto NW Helvetia Rd.
  • 28.6 Left onto NW Bishop Rd; to visit the Llama farm reverse then left onto NW Helvetia Rd.
  • 29.8 Helvetia Tavern.
  • 32.1 Left onto NW Jacobson Rd.
  • 33.6 Right onto NW Cornelius Pass Rd.
  • 33.8 Left onto NW Rock Creek Blvd.
  • 35.1 Right onto bike path through Rock Creek Park.
  • 35.4 Right on NW Evergreen Parkway.
  • 36.6 Left onto NW 229th Ave.
  • 37.9 Right onto NE Cornell Rd.
  • 38.1 Left onto NE Orenco Station Parkway.
  • 38.4 Left onto NE Campus Court. End ride.
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    59.695 km / 37.093 mi

    Total Distance

    416 m / 1,366 ft

    Total Ascent

    416 m / 1,366 ft

    Total Descent

    141 m / 462 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: 38.4
    Elevation Gain: 1750
    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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