Cycle Portland, Road & Kids Friendly Ride, Terwilliger Blvd to Lake Oswego

Bike riding over Terwilliger Boulevard from downtown Portland will provide a wonderful vista of three bridges over the Willamette River. After crossing a couple of busy intersections picturesque downtown Lake Oswego awaits on the other side of the densely-forested Tryon Creek State Park. This bike ride abounds with hills that are worth the effort in order to get glimpses through the trees of downtown Portland and scenic Lake Oswego.

Terrain

Smooth roadways. Avoid the reflectors embedded along the edge of the road riding down Iron Mountain Road.

Traffic

Bike lanes from downtown Portland through urban traffic, bike paths through Tryon Creek State Park, and low-traffic roads around the lake.

Access

By car, park anywhere downtown Portland near the South Park blocks.

By public transportation, buses numbered 6, 38, 43, 58, 68, and 96 to the South Park blocks stop at #1108 on SW Columbia Street.

Food and Drink

Food and drink are abundantly available downtown before beginning the ride and again in the town center of Lake Oswego. There are restrooms in Tryon Creek State Park.

Side Trip

Saturday farmers’ market on the campus of Portland State University; Pioneer Square, aka Portland’s Living Room; the Waterfront; Campbell’s Native Garden in Lake Oswego.

 

More Details

A favorite route to exit is the downtown Portland via Terwilliger Boulevard that ascends Marquam Hill traveling south. You’ll pass by the esteemed Oregon Health and Science University and under the aerial tram that brings people from the river up the side of the hill to the upper OHSU campus. After crossing SW Barbur Boulevard you’ll ride through the Burlingame neighborhood via a bike lane to the corner of SW Taylors Ferry Road where Tryon Creek State Park begins. Bike riding through this linear park it is hard to imagine that you are traveling parallel to busy Terwilliger Boulevard.

The bike/pedestrian path meanders through the cool, dark forest. The bike path brings you to the road that travels through downtown Lake Oswego. The ride around the lake takes you through lovely neighborhoods along streets that front the lake. The architecture of the stately homes and manicured gardens are worth taking a little extra time to slow down and enjoy. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the corner of SW Columbia St and Broadway riding south up the hill.
  • 0.6 Right onto SW Sixth Ave which becomes SW Terwilliger Blvd at SW Sheridan St.
  • 1.0 Left at the traffic light to continue on SW Terwilliger Blvd.
  • 5.6 Right at the traffic light where SW Taylors Ferry Rd joins SW Terwilliger Blvd and enter Tyron Creek State Park bike/pedestrian path.
  • 8.3 Right onto N State St as you exit Tyron Creek State Park.
  • 9.2 Right onto McVey Ave which becomes Stafford Rd at South Shore Blvd.
  • 10.8 Right onto SW Overlook Dr.
  • 11.8 Left onto Westview Rd then a right onto Royce Rd.
  • 12.3 Right onto Bryant Rd.
  • 13.2 Right onto Lakeview Blvd.
  • 14.4 Right onto Iron Mountain Blvd.
  • 15.9 Right onto Chandler Rd.
  • 16.0 Right onto SW A Ave.
  • 16.4 Left onto Fourth Ave.
  • 16.5 Right onto SW B Ave.
  • 16.7 Left onto N State St.
  • 17.0 Left onto SW Terwilliger Blvd.
  • 24.4 Straight through the traffic light onto SW Sixth Ave.
  • 24.9 Left onto SW Harrison St into the Portland State University campus.
  • 25.0 Park your bike and enjoy Saturday farmers’ market three blocks north of SW Columbia St. End ride.
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    38.918 km / 24.182 mi

    Total Distance

    818 m / 2,684 ft

    Total Ascent

    808 m / 2,650 ft

    Total Descent

    159 m / 522 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    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: 25.0
    Elevation Gain: 2760
    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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