Cycle Portland, Road Ride,  I-205 Bike Path to Clackamas Town Center

Riding alongside the busy I-205 Highway without having to tangle with the traffic is a great way to travel north to south on the east side of the city. With the exception of one interruption at SE Flavel Street, another at NE Glisan Street, and several street crossings, the I-205 bike path brings the rider from northeast Portland south to Clackamas town center along this no-traffic bike path. On the return, a ride up Mount Tabor to see the city in the distance is a fitting way to end the ride.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained bike path and streets.

Traffic

Bike path and low traffic streets with a couple of busy intersections.

Access

By car, take the Morrison Bridge, left onto SE Grand Avenue, right onto NE Going Street. On-street parking. By public transportation, take Bus #6 to NE Going Street and NE Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Mount Tabor Park near the end of the ride, and many opportunities for food and drinks only short distances from this route, but none on the bike path.

Side Trip

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is well worth a visit.

 

More Details

With the incredible bicycling infrastructure around Portland, most people ride on the street along with the other vehicles. Most notably NE Going Street, where this ride begins, is one of the designated Bike Boulevards or Neighborhood Greenways. You’ll find sharrows (designating a shared access roadway) painted in the street and a fair amount of bicycle traffic all hours of the day.

At NE 33rd Avenue you’ll ride along the short cycle track recently built by the city as a way of alleviating the difficulty of crossing this very busy street. This ride takes you along an impressive bike path – wide and well maintained. With the exception of two small sections that take you along streets and a few intersections you’ll need to cross, you can ride for miles without ever thinking about vehicular traffic.

One cautionary note, however, the popularity of the Springwater Corridor makes it a major thoroughfare for nonmotorized vehicles. Slow down as you approach. The bike path can become monotonous, so on the return trip, the ride takes you off the path and through a very low-traffic neighborhood to the south side of Mount Tabor. Climb the hill to the summit and you’ll have an incredible view of the city. The summit is a popular place to picnic, jog, or simply contemplate the beauty of the city from this height.

On the day of our ride we met a young woman who had ridden her bike up to the summit seeking serenity, and was going to do her yoga with the city as her back-drop – the perfect setting for meditation. After descending the extinct volcano that is Mount Tabor you’ll ride through bike-friendly streets and neighborhoods, but never too far from restaurants and stores if you need food and drinks.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at corner of NE Going St and NE MLK Blvd.
  • 1.5 Dogleg left at NE 33rd via cycle track to remain on NE Going St.
  • 1.8 Left onto NE 37th. 2.6 Right onto NE Holman St at Fernhill Park.
  • 2.8 Left onto NE 42nd, bear right, cross overpass, and cross NE Columbia Blvd.
  • 3.7 Right onto NE Cornforth St and ride along the Columbia Slough.
  • 5.2 Left onto NE Alderwood Rd around golf course; cross NE 82nd.
  • 7.7 At the intersection of NE Sandy and NE Columbia boulevards, cross Sandy and Columbia with pedestrian traffic lights, access bike route on opposite side riding via the sidewalk in the opposite direction of traffic.
  • 7.8 Left to enter bike path at sign for Glisan St; do not ride over bridge; take bike path along back of bus terminal; a couple of bike paths merge with your path.
  • 8.4 Enter the city of Maywood Park; ride through Gateway Tri-Met station.
  • 10.5 Dogleg left at traffic light; cross train tracks via overpass; right to pick up bike path.
  • 10.8 Right onto opposite sidewalk at NE 97th Ave and E Burnside St; cross highway overpass, left onto the bike path; ride parallel with highway; cross intersections with pedestrian traffic lights; cross Springwater Corridor.
  • 14.8 Right at SE 92nd Ave.
  • 15.1 Right onto Crystal Springs Blvd prior to the overpass; left onto bike path.
  • 15.7 Left at Foster Rd and Johnson Creek Blvd and ride under highway.
  • 18.4 Bike path ends at SE 82nd Ave; return along same route to return to Portland.
  • 20.1 Right at Foster Rd and Johnson Creek Blvd; ride under highway.
  • 21.7 Right onto Crystal Springs Blvd, then left onto Flavel Rd.
  • 21.9 Right onto bike path heading north.
  • 25.0 Left onto Mill St and cross SE 82nd Ave.
  • 25.7 Left onto SE 80th Ave at the Dahlia House, then right onto SE Stephens St.
  • 26.0 Dogleg left onto SE 76th Ave; right onto SE Harrison St and enter Mount Tabor Park; ascend hill; ride through the white gate on left via bike access to reach summit; exit park via the same road.
  • 28.9 Right onto SE Lincoln St; cross over SE 60th Ave; SE Lincoln St becomes SE Harrison St at SE 30th Ave; continue straight.
  • 31.3 Right at the East Garden of Ladd’s Addition; right onto Cypress.
  • 31.4 Right around the Ladd’s Addition Circle onto SE 16th Ave; enter the North Garden of Ladd’s Addition.
  • 31.7 Dogleg left at SE Hawthorne Blvd to remain on SE 16th Ave.
  • 32.8 Left onto NE Irving St.
  • 32.9 Right onto NE 12th Ave.
  • 33.0 Left onto NE Lloyd Blvd, then right onto NE 11th Ave.
  • 33.2 Left onto NE Multnomah St.
  • 33.4 Right onto NE Seventh Ave.
  • 34.7 Left onto NE Beech St, then right onto NE Grand Ave.
  • 35.3 Left onto NE Going St one block to return to NE MLK Blvd. End ride.
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    54.255 km / 33.712 mi

    Total Distance

    470 m / 1,540 ft

    Total Ascent

    469 m / 1,539 ft

    Total Descent

    192 m / 630 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: Medium
    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: 35.3
    Elevation Gain: 1830
    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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