Cycle Portland, SIghtseeing & Road Ride, Fort Vancouver to Lacamas Lake
From the last train station of the yellow TriMet MAX line, cross the expansive Columbia River via the I-5 Bridge 80 feet above the river and descend into downtown Vancouver. Then travel east through quiet residential neighborhoods. Loop around picturesque Lacamas Lake before returning to downtown Vancouver. Along the way you’ll enjoy traveling through historic Fort Vancouver along Officers Row.
Smooth well-maintained streets, some narrow with no shoulder or bike lane.
Low-traffic streets with most intersections having crossing lights.
By car, take I-5 north 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 Boulevard/ Marine Drive W; turn right onto Marine Drive W. Expo Center is on the left; parking available at the top of N Force Avenue or on-street.
By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Yellow line north to the Expo MAX station, the last station.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Esther Short Park and at the far end of Lacamas Lake on NW Lake Road at Camas Heritage Park, and restrooms at the trailhead of the Lacamas Heritage Trail. At the corner of N Devine Road and McArthur Boulevard is River Maiden Artisan Coffee, a café where bicyclists are known to gather.
Visit Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver Library, Green Mountain Golf Course, and Esther Short Park.
Starting at the busy intersection of N Marine Drive you’ll access the bike path that will bring you across the Columbia River. On a warm summer day, 80 feet above the river, you’ll have a vista of sailboats, power boats, ships and tankers, but pay attention as the path is narrow. You’ll descend into downtown Vancouver and head east through residential neighborhoods that eventually dissolve to rural farmland.
Crossing into the town of Camas traveling along the ridge above the lake, you can catch glimpses of the lake between the houses on your left. As you come around to the far side of the lake, the road narrows considerably, but there is little traffic to hinder your ride. If you make this trip in late summer, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of ripe, sweet blackberries growing along the side of the road. Lacamas Lake is popular for fishing and boating. On the day of our ride there were great expanses of water lilies at the far end of the lake ready to bloom.
On the return trip, after turning onto NE 28th Street, the traffic speeds up a bit, but the road is wider here as you travel past the golf course and farms. At 192nd Street you’ll see way-finding signs for Fisher’s Landing and downtown Vancouver, and you’ll pick up a bike lane that is considerably wider. Descend the hill to enter Fort Vancouver through the stockade fence and enjoy the slow pace of riding through the fort apple orchard.
Ride over the land bridge down to the Oldest Apple Tree park, under the railroad bridge, and you will quickly find yourself back in an urban setting. Crossing the Columbia River will be easier traveling south as the pathway is a little wider.
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