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.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets and bike paths with a short section of rough road.

Traffic

Bike paths and low-traffic streets for much of this ride with a few sections of high-traffic.

Access

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.

Side Trip

Historic Troutdale, McMenamin’s Edgefield, Windscape Park, Blue Lake Regional Park, and the Historic Columbia River Highway to Multnomah Falls.

 

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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. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 From Expo MAXsStation, ride up to N Marine Dr; right onto sidewalk.
  • 0.1 Left to cross N Marine Dr; access bike path on opposite side.
  • 0.4 Left at sign for Marine Dr Vancouver; left onto the bike path onto N Anchor Way; ride through the cul de sac up to N Marine Dr.
  • 0.6 Left onto N Marine Dr.
  • 3.6 Left at the pedestrian/bike crossing onto Marine Dr bike path.
  • 13.1 Cross N Marine Dr to continue east on roadway.
  • 15.3 Left onto NW Frontage Rd onto highway access road via bike lane.
  • 15.8 Right onto NE 257th Ave.
  • 16.1 Right onto SW Halsey St. Becomes NE Halsey St.
  • 23.7 NE Halsey St becomes NE Weidler St as a one way.
  • 24.3 Left onto NE 102nd Ave.
  • 24.6 Right onto NE Pacific St; cross over NE 99th Ave toward the Tri Met Gateway MAX station. Follow “Bus Only” (bikes are allowed) toward fence.
  • 24.9 Right after tracks onto bike path.
  • 26.3 Enter City of Maywood Park via NE Maywood Pl - a multi-use path. Right to follow signs for Columbia Blvd; bike path ends.
  • 27.3 Straight to cross Sandy Blvd then right to cross Columbia Blvd; ride sidewalk to access bike path on left. Follow sign for “WA points”. Cross bridge over Airport Way.
  • 28.4 At next intersection, stay straight along bike path to toward N Marine Dr.
  • 28.6 Cross NE 112th Ave to access N Marine Dr toward Portland (left).
  • 32.7 Cross N Marine Dr at pedestrian crossing to access bike path; under overpass bike path ends.
  • 33.6 Right uphill parallel to NE 33rd Ave.
  • 33.7 Left onto N Marine Dr.
  • 34.6 Right onto NE Bridgeton Rd.
  • 35.3 Left onto N Gantenbein Ave.
  • 35.4 Right onto N Marine Dr.
  • 35.7 Right onto N Anchor Way to access bike path.
  • 36.0 Right onto bike path; cross N Marine Dr with traffic light to continue in the same direction.
  • 36.2 Right onto opposite sidewalk 3
  • 6.4 Left onto the bike path down to the Expo MAX station. End ride.
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    57.15 km / 35.511 mi

    Total Distance

    207 m / 679 ft

    Total Ascent

    200 m / 657 ft

    Total Descent

    91 m / 299 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: Full day
    Fitness Level: High
    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: 36.4
    Elevation Gain: 835
    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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