Cycle Portland, Road & Sightseeing Ride, Clark County Tour
Begin the bike ride at beautiful Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver where there is a vibrant weekend farmers’ market, then ride through quiet residential streets to the outskirts of town. Bike riding through quaint downtown Ridgefield will bring back memories of small town America. Just before reaching Ridgefield, you will thank yourself for taking some time to explore the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Plan to make this ride a full day excursion to take advantage of all the sights along the route.
Smooth paved streets until reaching the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge where access roads are rough. Many moderately challenging hills throughout the ride.
Low-traffic streets most of the ride with short sections of moderate traffic on wide streets.
By car, take Route I-5 to exit 1B in Vancouver, turn left onto ESixth Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland take Bus #6 to Jantzen Beach Transit Center, transfer to Bus #4 Fourth Plain Eastbound to Broadway and Seventh Street.
Food and Drink
Plenty of options for food and drinks at the starting point of the ride in downtown Vancouver. Restrooms available in Esther Short Park and again at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Pearson Air Field Museum and Fort Vancouver are located within riding distance of downtown Vancouver
Bike riding north along wide Columbia Street you will quickly find yourself in residential neighborhoods leaving behind the bustle of downtown Vancouver. The hills begin once you reach about the three mile mark and are peppered throughout the ride. Also abundant on this ride are blackberry bushes, which are full of ripe, juicy fruit in late August. At about the 15 mile mark along NW Carty Road, you will find the most challenging hill of the ride.
The vista of the distant mountains that greets you is well worth the huffing and puffing required to reach the summit. On a clear day you’ll have many scenic backdrops to choose from for capturing photos of your ride. While this peak is the highest of the ride, there are plenty of less challenging hills along this route. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic if you brought one along. Lock your bikes at the parking lot as they are not allowed on the refuge grounds. The wet lands area is full of nesting and migrating birds. Signs direct visitors to remain on roadways in order to limit human interference.
Just a short distance beyond is quaint downtown Ridgefield. The small storefronts bring back memories of small towns where everyone knows their neighbor. The return trip brings you back into civilization quickly as you ride along bike lanes on busier streets to end your ride in downtown Vancouver.
62.799 km / 39.021 mi
649 m / 2,131 ft
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