Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, East Portland Loop Ride
The bike ride through east Portland brings you to the edge of the city and loops around via several bike paths that are wide and well-maintained. You’ll experience the ever-popular Springwater Corridor, the Gresham/Fairview Trail, as well as the heart-thumping I-84 bike path on your return. In between are quiet neighborhoods and lots of scenery.
Smooth, well-maintained streets and pathways.
Urban and suburban, low to moderate traffic; bike paths with intersections; over half the distance is on bike and pedestrian paths.
By car, take Naito Parkway to the Steel Bridge east to NE Oregon Street; left onto NE First Avenue, left onto Multnomah Street, left onto NE Wheeler Avenue. On-street parking. By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Red, Blue or Green lines to the Rose Quarter.
Food and Drink
Restrooms and drinking fountains along the Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge, at the Jackson Bottom trailhead, and at Linneman station across from Club Paesano Cedarville Park. Coffee shop at the corner of the Rose Quarter MAX Transit station.
Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Rink, Oaks Bottom trail, downtown Sellwood for antiques shopping, Leach Botanical Gardens, Beggar Tick Wildlife Refuge, Club Paesano Cedarville Park has a playground and picnic tables.
Begin by bike riding along the Willamette River on the East Esplanade, a portion of which floats on the river. Just beyond OMSI, you’ll bike ride through an industrial area to find the popular Springwater Corridor. You may have to take some sections slowly due to the heavy traffic. After bike riding through the Sellwood neighborhood, the Goodwill Donation Center will be directly across the street in front of you as you make the left to remain on the trail.
After a short distance you will travel through the Johnson Creek Watershed and Mount Hood will be framed for you by the bike path and the trees. There are several streets to cross but doing so via the pedestrian walk lights make them worry-free. In Gresham, several of the street crossings have bike/ pedestrian crossings and have a loud audio announcement, but no lights for cyclists indicating it is time to cross. You’ll bike ride past the TriMet car barn, cross the tracks and ride a short distance on the street before picking up the trail again. The path will end at NE 201st Avenue. Here you will pick up the I-84 bike path halfway down the hill.
Once riding alongside the highway you’ll see a sign “Entering Gresham.” Don’t be confused! You are heading back to Portland. From this point on, the bike ride becomes less scenic as you travel parallel to the busy highway and then onto Halsey Street. Once past these areas, you are able to slip through residential neighborhoods, making the trip much more appealing as you return to Portland.
51.722 km / 32.139 mi
274 m / 901 ft
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