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.
Smooth roadways. Avoid the reflectors embedded along the edge of the road riding down Iron Mountain Road.
Bike lanes from downtown Portland through urban traffic, bike paths through Tryon Creek State Park, and low-traffic roads around the lake.
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.
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.
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.
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