Cycle Portland, Sightseeing &Kids Friendly Ride, Marine Drive to Troutdale Loop
Bike ride along the dike beside the Columbia River and enjoy sweeping views of Mount Hood, the airport, marinas, and farmland. This ride takes you east to the entrance of historic Troutdale and returns you to Portland via the popular Marine Drive and I-205 bike paths. With the exception of a short section, you’ll travel on multi-use paths avoiding motor traffic.
Smooth, well-maintained streets and bike paths with a short section of rough road.
Bike paths and low-traffic streets for much of this ride with a few sections of high-traffic.
By car, take I- 5 N toward Seattle; take exit 307 for Oregon 99E/Marine Drive toward Delta Park; keep left at the fork, follow signs for M.L.K. Jr Blvd/Marine Drive W; turn right onto Marine Drive W. Expo Center is on the left; parking available at top of N Force Avenue or on-street. By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX yellow line north to the Expo station, the last station.
Food and Drink
Food and restaurants can be found along the route. No public restrooms or drinking fountains.
Historic Troutdale, McMenamin’s Edgefield, Windscape Park, Blue Lake Regional Park, and the Historic Columbia River Highway to Multnomah Falls.
Following the Columbia River for several miles, you’ll pass by Government Island, uninhabited and accessible only by boat. It is the perfect get-away on a hot summer day. Mount Hood looms ahead as you travel east passing marinas and house boats. On the day of our ride the weather had warmed enough so the snow had begun to melt on the peak. PDX airport will be on your right. The planes taking off go directly overhead.
As you travel a bit further east you will see planes as they come in for a landing. Just before the I-205 Bridge there is a popular place to rest and watch the planes before continuing along the way. Pass NE Blue Lake Road, the access road to Blue Lake Regional Park. Restrooms and drinking fountains are located at the park. Beyond Blue Lake the road is less traveled and the bike path crosses access roads in a couple of places. Follow the signs that direct your crossing. Pass the Troutdale airport on your left. Along this section of road the bike lane disappears and you will come to the on and off ramps to the highway.
There is a bike path that allows you to continue straight through the traffic light and under the overpass. As you enter Troutdale you will see the gateway to the Gorge on the left through historic Troutdale Center. You’ll turn right to return to Portland. The return ride along busy Halsey Street provides ample opportunity for food and beverages before returning to the I-205 bike path and Marine Drive.
57.15 km / 35.511 mi
207 m / 679 ft
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