Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Heritage Tree Tour Ride
The bike ride begins at Wellington Park where you’ll find a wonderful shaded start to your journey. You will meander through history as you visit some of the oldest, rarest, and most unusual trees in Portland located in picturesque neighborhoods. Most of the Heritage Trees are located on private property and bear a plaque that identifies them by name.
Smooth, well-maintained streets.
Low-traffic streets with most intersections having crossing lights.
By car, take the Morrison Bridge, left on SE Grand Avenue, right on NE Fremont Street, left onto NE 66th. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take Bus #12 toward Gresham Transit Center to NE Sandy and 67th Avenue (stop #5118) and walk to NE 67th Avenue.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Wellington Park. Though there are many opportunities for food and drinks only short distances from this route, there are none on the route you will travel to visit the noted Heritage Trees.
Like trees? Consider visiting the Children’s Arboretum at 10040 NE Sixth Avenue or the Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park.
The tallest tree on the ride is the Carolina Poplar which you will find on NE Couch Street just after crossing NE 41st Avenue. This tree stands at an incredible height of 135 feet and has a circumference of over 19 feet. Another noteworthy tree for its 100 feet of height is the Tulip tree located on NE 24th Avenue.
The most unusual specimen is the Monkey Puzzle tree which you will find on NE Flanders Street just after crossing NE Laurelhurst Place. This Chilean Pine tree has spiny, bizarre branches that overlap and create a mass of branches that would seem impossible to climb. The cones produced by this tree are quite large and can resemble coconuts. This example of the Monkey Puzzle tree stands at 75 feet tall and is over eight feet in circumference.
The European Beech that you will find on the corner of NE Knott Street and NE 18th Avenue stands at 80 feet and has a girth of over 20 feet. Besides being an incredibly large tree taking over almost the entire front yard, the house that sits behind the tree is one of the most stunning old Victorians in the city.
There are many other noteworthy trees on this ride. Other beautiful trees you’ll see include the Weeping Cherry at NE Klickitat Street, the Japanese Red Pine at NE Couch Street and the Hedge Maple on NE Multnomah Street. You may find one of them to be your favorite as you wind your way through these quiet neighborhood streets.
In addition to taking the time to visit all the trees on this route, you’ll be riding very close by several parks including Normandale Park, Rose City Park, and Frazer Park all of which offer ample opportunity to stop and enjoy a picnic during your neighborhood tour.