Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Ground Water Well Tour
This flat bike ride highlights the efforts to keep Portland’s water clean. Bike ride Marine Drive along the magnificent Columbia River; visit beautiful Blue Lake Regional Park, and return to Cascade station with views of the Columbia Slough. Much of this bike ride travels the wide lanes through industrial parks that have low traffic on weekends. The rest of the bike ride is along bike paths with bike and pedestrian traffic, but no motor vehicles.
Smooth, well-maintained streets.
Low-traffic streets with bike lanes and bike paths.
By car, Morrison Bridge east then I-5 N/I-84 E/US- 30 E ramp to I-84 to The Dalles; exit 8 to merge onto I-205 N toward Portland airport; exit 24A for Airport Way W toward Portland airport; merge onto NE Airport Way; slight right to stay on NE Airport Way. Parking available at Aloft Hotel and at the shopping center.
By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Red line toward airport to Cascade station.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Blue Lake Regional Park.
Visit Blue Lake Regional Park; ride the full length of Marine Drive; stop and watch the planes take off and land.
Beginning at Cascade station this ride will bring you through the commercial/industrial section of northeast Portland which offers terrific roads to ride on weekends when vehicular traffic is almost nonexistent. Along the way you will have views of Mount Hood from several vista points. If you choose a clear day to ride, the mountain peak appears to rise out of the Columbia River along Marine Drive. Visiting somewhat remote sections, you will have views of the Johnson Lake Property and the Columbia Slough, both of which are great places to do some bird watching.
Blue Lake Regional Park is the perfect point to stop for a picnic and enjoy the lake. There are plenty of picnic tables available at the park, or just rest beside the shore and enjoy the view. Leaving the park, ride along the bike path to the far side and exit through the chain link fence onto NE Interlachen Lane. The return trip brings you along Marine Drive near the airport. It is quite a sight to have a plane land while you are riding on the switchback leaving the bike path. The airport is ahead of you and the planes come in directly overhead.
You may want to stop for a while just to experience the thrill. Return to Cascade station via NE Airport Way which has a wide bike lane. If you didn’t plan a picnic at Blue Lake Regional Park, there are plenty of restaurants and courtyards at Cascade station to spend some time relaxing
23.931 km / 14.87 mi
106 m / 347 ft
106 m / 347 ft
15 m / 49 ft