Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Champoeg State Park

Champoeg State Park is a cycling destination because of the wonderful bike paths through and around the park. To drive to the park is to miss some of the joy of the journey however. The towns of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville have made major strides in constructing bike-friendly streets. On the way, you’ll ride through Cook Park in Tualatin before taking Route I-5 across the Tualatin River.

Terrain

Paved roads with bike lanes or wide shoulders, and some rough bike paths in Champoeg State Park.

Traffic

Moderate traffic on suburban streets in Beaverton, Route I-5 crossing is multi-lane highway traffic, and finally low-traffic rural roads.

Access

By car, take US 26 west to exit 71A to merge onto SW Canyon Road, turn right onto SW Lombard Avenue to Beaverton Transit Center Tri-Met MAX station. No parking at Beaverton TC. On-street parking within a half mile from the station. Because of the inconvenient parking situation, it is recommended to take public transportation.

By public transportation, take the Red or Blue Tri-Met MAX line west to the Beaverton Transit Center MAX station. Buses #58 and #54 from downtown Portland and the WES commuter rail from Wilsonville.

Food and Drink

At the Beaverton MAX station there is a small snack shack. Along the route there are numerous opportunities for food and drink in Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville.

Side Trip

Cook Park, Durham City Park, Butterfly Garden, and the Butteville General Store.

 

More Details

Travelling through Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, and Wilsonville on the way to Butteville is quite comfortable with bike lanes all along the way. There are ample opportunities to stop and rest or refuel as you find necessary. The bike ride will take you on suburban roads and through two parks – Tualatin Community Park where you will find a butterfly garden – before you reach Champoeg State Park. Champoeg State Park is a wonderful mix of history, nature and recreation.

There is much to do beyond bicycling, but cycling is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy all that the park offers. The historic buildings and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin Museum take you back in time to the days of the Wild West, which you will discover is a short 150 or so years in the past. There are nature walks, bike tours, and programs to learn about how the settlers lived in this area on the south bank of scenic Willamette River. One of the biggest thrills of the bike ride, however, is traversing the Tualatin River via I-5. There being no other bridge, the only way to cross the river is via the I-5 highway. Pick up the on-ramp in Wilsonville and ride one exit south. One more must along this ride is a visit to the Historical Butteville Store, the oldest operating store in the state, founded in 1863. Riding through this community and state park is to truly connect with the earliest days of Oregon history.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at Beaverton Transit Center TriMet MAX station, right (west) on SW Lombard St.
  • 0.02 Left onto SW Center St.
  • 0.5 Left onto SW Hall Blvd.
  • 0.6 SW Hall Blvd splits; continue straight on SW Watson Ave.
  • 1.5 SW Watson Ave rejoins SW Hall Blvd; continue on SW Hall Blvd.
  • 7.9 Cross SW Durham Rd onto SW 85th Ave; at end of road, continue into Cook Park.
  • 9.1 Right onto bike/pedestrian path to continue into Tualatin Community Park.
  • 9.6 Exit park onto SW Tualatin Rd which becomes SW Boones Ferry Rd after crossing SW TualatinSherwood Rd.
  • 13.2 Jog right at SW Commerce Court onto SW 95th Ave.
  • 14.6 Left onto Boeckman Rd.
  • 14.7 Right onto Boberg Rd.
  • 15.2 Left onto SW Barber St.
  • 15.3 Right onto Wilsonville Frontage Rd (also known as SW Boones Ferry Rd).
  • 15.9 Left onto SW Wilsonville Rd. 16.0 Right onto Route I-5 entrance ramp (remain on I-5 one exit) and cross Tualatin River.
  • 17.2 Exit I-5 and take right onto NE Miley Rd.
  • 17.4 Right onto NE Butteville Rd (also known as First St NE).
  • 22.0 Left onto Second St NE (also known as Butteville Rd NE).
  • 22.2 Right onto Schuler Rd NE to access the bike entrance to Champoeg State Park.
  • 24.3 At end of path take a right to continue into the park.
  • 24.5 Right into parking lot at Townsite Trail; circle and exit onto .bike path.
  • 24.9 Right onto bike path to continue into the park.
  • 25.5 Right onto bike/pedestrian path to far end.
  • 26.4 Right to continue on bike/pedestrian path to return to starting point.
  • 27.3 Right on path to cross road and ascend hill to museum.
  • 28.4 Left to exit bike/pedestrian path to exit park.
  • 30.0 Access SE Schuler Rd NE.
  • 30.5 Left onto Butteville Rd NE (also known as Second St NE).
  • 30.7 Left at Butteville General Store onto NE Butteville Rd (also known as First St NE). Right to remain on Butteville Rd NE.
  • 35.3 Left onto NE Miley Rd.
  • 35.6 Left onto I-5 one exit.
  • 36.9 Left onto SW Wilsonville Rd at the end of the exit ramp.
  • 37.1 Right onto SW Boones Ferry Rd.
  • 37.6 Left onto SW Barber St.
  • 37.7 Right onto Boberg Rd.
  • 38.2 Left onto Boeckman Rd.
  • 38.3 Right onto SW 95th Ave.
  • 39.8 Right at SW Commerce Court and then left onto SW Boones Ferry Rd.
  • 43.3 Enter Tualatin Community Park
  • 43.9 Left at end of bike path into Cook Park.
  • 44.6 Exit Cook Park onto SW 85th Ave.
  • 45.1 Cross SW Durham Rd onto SW Hall Blvd.
  • 52.5 Right onto SW Center St.
  • 52.7 Right onto SW Lombard St.
  • 52.9 Left into Beaverton Transit Center TriMet MAX station. End ride.
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    80.941 km / 50.294 mi

    Total Distance

    565 m / 1,853 ft

    Total Ascent

    565 m / 1,854 ft

    Total Descent

    103 m / 339 ft

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    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: Varied
    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: 52.9
    Elevation Gain: 2416
    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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