St. Johns Loop

Cycle Portland, SIghtseeing & Road Ride, St. Johns Loop

This wonderful ride along Willamette Boulevard, with the working waterfront on one side and quiet residential streets on the other, takes you by parks, the University of Portland campus, and gives you a tour of downtown St. Johns. You’ll experience several elements of Portland’s bike infrastructure that allow you to ride your bike through busy sections of the city without having to tangle with traffic and cross two busy streets on bike/pedestrian bridges.

The two major pedestrian walkways that cross over busy I-5 and North Going Street are excellent examples of early bike/pedestrian infrastructure in the city. The North Going Street Bridge has a steep corkscrew curved path that leads up to a narrow bridge. It can be navigated by bicycle, but if others are present, it may be best to walk your bike along this connection.

The North Failing Street Bridge is wider and straighter. However, the bike path ends directly in front of the stairs on the opposite side and riders must use caution not to overshoot the landing. Children and less-experienced cyclists would be wise to walk their bikes across this bridge. The ride provides wonderful, sweeping views of the city from the campus of the University of Portland and at several other places along the route. There are a couple of parks to stop by and rest or have a picnic. 

Terrain Paved streets are smooth with short sections of concrete and cobblestones. Traffic Many quiet bike-friendly residential streets and a couple of heavier traveled main roads. How to Get There By car, take the Broadway Bridge east; left on NE Grand Avenue (becomes Martin Luther King Boulevard) to NE Failing Street. On-street parking. By public transportation, take Bus #6 from downtown Portland to the Failing Street bus stop.

Food and Drink There are several stopping places that provide the opportunity for a bring-your-own picnic or buy-asyou-ride re-fueling at convenience stores, grocery stores, cafés, food carts, and pubs along the route. Side Trip Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, the Columbia Slough, Pier Park, Cathedral Park, Kelley Point Park.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at NE Failing and MLK Blvd, ride west along NE Failing St.
  • 0.8 Enter the bike ramp for the pedestrian bridge.
  • 0.9 Continue ½ block to the sidewalk between the Kaiser Permanente building and the parking lot.
  • 1.0 Left onto N Montana Ave.
  • 1.05 Right onto N Overlook Blvd up to N Interstate Ave.
  • 1.1 Left onto N Interstate Ave.
  • 1.2 Right onto Fremont and enter Overlook Park.
  • 1.4 Loop the park, exit, and ride the sidewalk in the opposite direction of the traffic along N Interstate.
  • 1.5 Left onto Overlook Blvd.
  • 1.6 Left onto Melrose Dr.
  • 1.8 Left onto N Concord Ave.
  • 2.1 Dogleg left at N Skidmore, descend the hill and cross N Going St via the cork-screw pedestrian bridge. Exit right, and continue on N Concord.
  • 2.6 Left onto N Killingsworth.
  • 3.3 Right onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 3.9 Left to remain on N Willamette Blvd by riding through the curb cut island.
  • 7.2 Right at N Burlington into downtown St. Johns.
  • 7.22 Right at N Syracuse.
  • 7.26 Left at N Leavitt.
  • 7.3 Right at N Ivanhoe St.
  • 7.32 Left onto N Charleston.
  • 7.4 Left onto N Lombard through town.
  • 7.5 Left onto N Baltimore.
  • 7.55 Left onto N Ivanhoe.
  • 7.6 Cross over N Philadelphia Ave onto N Burlington.
  • 7.6 Left at N Syracuse (to avoid the hill on N Burlington).
  • 7.9 Right onto N Leavitt.
  • 8.0 Left onto N Princeton.
  • 8.05 Right onto N Richmond.
  • 8.1 Left onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 9.7 Right into the University of Portland campus; left at Buckley Center Auditorium toward the river.
  • 10.2 Return to the school entrance; right onto N Willamette Blvd.
  • 11.6 Right onto N Willamette Blvd (N Rosa Parks continues straight).
  • 12.3 Left onto N Killingsworth.
  • 12.9 Right onto N Concord and cross N Going St via the corkscrew pedestrian bridge; continue along N Concord.
  • 13.6 At the end of N Concord, follow the bike sharrows left onto N Overlook Blvd crossing N Interstate Ave.
  • 14.0 Left onto N Montana.
  • 14.05 Right onto the sidewalk at the end of the parking lot.
  • 14.1 Access the N Failing St pedestrian bridge.
  • 15.0 Remain on N Failing St returning to NE Martin Luther King Blvd. End of ride.
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    23.962 km / 14.889 mi

    Total Distance

    132 m / 433 ft

    Total Ascent

    132 m / 434 ft

    Total Descent

    63 m / 208 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 15.0
    Elevation Gain: 455
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    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
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