Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Wine Country via Chehalem Mountain

The Willamette Valley is world renowned for its wine and produces some of the best Pinot noir in the world. Sitting on the same latitude as the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France, the conditions are excellent for vineyard grapes. Chehalem Mountain is one of six appellations in the Willamette Valley wine country which is home to two thirds of Oregon’s wineries. This route is dotted with more than a dozen small wineries and tasting rooms.

Terrain

Paved roads with varying quality from well-maintained to rough pavement. Some rural two-lane roads are narrow; others are multi-lane urban streets.

Traffic

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

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.

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.

Side Trip

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, and Forest Hills Golf Course.

 

More Details

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. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Hillsboro Government Center TriMet MAX station; left along SW Washington St.
  • 0.1 Right onto S First Ave (also known as SW Hillsboro Hwy).
  • 4.1 Left onto SW Burkhalter Rd.
  • 5.6 Right onto SW Rood Bridge Rd.
  • 6.1 Left onto SW Farmington Rd.
  • 7.7 Right onto SW Tile Flat Rd.
  • 11.6 Left onto SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
  • 12.5 Right onto SW Roy Rodgers Rd.
  • 17.0 Right onto SW Pacific Hwy.
  • 20.0 Right onto SW Bell Rd (becomes NE Bell Rd).
  • 25.0 Left onto NE North Valley Rd.
  • 34.2 Cross NE Albertson Rd to continue on NE Spring Hill Rd (becomes SW Spring Hill Rd).
  • 41.7 Right onto SW Fern Hill Rd.
  • 43.8 Right onto SW Blooming Fern Hill Rd.
  • 46.0 Right onto SW Golf Course Rd.
  • 46.3 Left onto SW Tongue Ln.
  • 49.3 Left onto SW Hillsboro Hwy.
  • 51.9 Left onto SE Washington St.
  • 52.0 Right into the Hillsboro Government Center TriMet MAX station. End ride.
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    81.504 km / 50.644 mi

    Total Distance

    687 m / 2,253 ft

    Total Ascent

    687 m / 2,253 ft

    Total Descent

    258 m / 846 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: 52.0
    Elevation Gain: 3950
    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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