Wine Country via Chehalem Mountain

CYCLE PORTLAND, ROAD RIDE, WINE COUNTRY VIA CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN Downtown Hillsboro, where this bike ride begins, gives way quickly to two-lane rural roads that circle around wine country. The countryside is abundant with vineyards and small make-shift signs urging passersby's to visit the local tasting rooms. Many of the vineyards are referred to as boutique wineries because of their small production. A few boast a major annual production. Visiting the smaller wineries will put you in touch with wine artisans who craft wines for local and personal palates. Most have tasting rooms where you can sip the local offerings and chat with the vineyard owners. After leaving SW Roy Rogers Road, you will ride approximately three miles along the Pacific Highway, a busy, multi-lane road with a bike lane before taking a right onto SW Bell Road that will bring you up Chehalem Mountain. The steep hill masks the second ascent necessary before reaching the summit, and is the highest peak on the ride. A second, smaller hill waits at mile 44 with a sub-400 foot peak but a 13 percent grade. After leaving Chehalem Mountain behind, the bike ride becomes much flatter and more serene as you pass quiet farm fields. Turning onto SW Hillsboro Highway brings you the two miles back to downtown Hillsboro. This road is moderately traveled and the traffic speed much faster. There is a shoulder that accommodates bicycles, however. If you are planning to do some wine tasting along the way be sure to bring food with you so that your travel will not pose a risk to yourself and others on the road. In Oregon bicycles are vehicles and subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Cyclists can be arrested for driving under the influence. To make this bike ride memorable in the best possible way, plan to sip small quantities, eat, and take your time. Side Trip Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, and Forest Hills Golf Course. FOOD AND DRINK At the MAX station in Hillsboro there is both a deli and a hot dog stand. A short distance into town there are numerous restaurants and convenience stores. ACCESS By car, take U.S. Route 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 on-steet. By public transportation, take the TriMet Blue line to Hillsboro. Hatfield Government Center station Wine Country via Chehalem Mountain Ride 37 At a crossroads, this cyclist embarks on his ride through rural Hillsboro. is the last stop. By bus, take #57 from the Beaverton Transit Center.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Intermediate (Blue)
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
Estimated Distance (Kms): 83.68
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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