The Doughnut Roll

Cycle Portland, Road & Kids Friendly Ride, The Doughnut Roll

They say that Portland is a town of foodies and this ride highlights the terrific choices for baked goods throughout the city. Ride through all four quadrants to find one bakery in each, but along the way you’ll find many more that you will want to visit on a return trip. You may even want to make this loop twice to work off the calories you’ll be eating along the way!

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets, some with train tracks.

Traffic

Low to moderate traffic streets through urban neighborhoods.

Access

By car, from downtown Portland drive north on SW Sixth Avenue and the train station will be directly ahead. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Yellow line train; disembark at NW Sixth Avenue and NW Hoyt Street.

Food and Drink

This ride is all about finding great bakeries, so there are many choices for food and drink along the route. Public restrooms can be found at the Union Station.

Side Trips

Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Historic District, downtown St. Johns, the Belmont District, and the Pearl District are all close by and worth your time to explore.

 

More Details

Union Station is a great place to begin. It offers restrooms and a small restaurant in case you need fuel to carry you to the first stop – Voodoo Doughnuts on the corner of SW Third Avenue and SW Ankeny Street. This world famous doughnut shop is a legend in Portland with unique doughnuts such as bacon, maple, and, of course, Voodoo Doll doughnuts. While the shop will do custom orders, they do not ship, so it is not uncommon to see people at the airport with a hot pink Voodoo Doughnut box.

After wiping the powdered sugar from your lips, cross the Willamette River via the Hawthorne Bridge to the southeast quadrant. Hawthorne Boulevard has a bike lane for part of the way, but as you enter the Hawthorne District, the bike lane goes away. Ride beside the cars on this somewhat narrow street. Once past the downtown section you’ll come to the second notable shop JiCiva’s Chocolates. Along the way there are plenty of other bakeries if chocolates are not of interest. Take a left onto SE 53rd Avenue and ride toward the Alberta Arts District in the northeast quadrant. Along NE Alberta Street is Tonalli’s Doughnuts and Cream where the glass case is filled with puffy sweetness.

The atmosphere is vintage and the donuts melt in your mouth. Alberta Street has many choices for other baked goods including pies at Random Order and the croissants at Petite Provence. Leave Alberta Street behind, ride along NE Vancouver Avenue and cross the Broadway Bridge into the northwest quadrant. While there are terrific shops along NW 23rd Avenue, such as Moonstruck Chocolate, our destination is on NW Thurman Street where you’ll find St. Honore Bakery. This very popular spot (there will be a line) is full of mouth-watering French pastries and the smell of brewing coffee. The 17 mile route is hardly sufficient to sample all the goodies and not compromise your figure, so plan on a return trip to sample those confections you missed the first time around.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Left out of Union Station and on to NW Fifth Ave towrd dowtown Portland.
  • 0.4 Cross Burnside St and NW Fifth Ave becomes SW Fifth Ave.
  • 0.6 Left onto SW Stark St.
  • 0.7 Left onto SW Second Ave.
  • 0.9 Left onto SW Ankeny St, a street closed to motor vehicles, then left onto SW Third Ave.
  • 1.4 Left onto SW Salmon St.
  • 1.5 Left onto SW First Ave.
  • 1.6 Left onto SW Madison St to cross the Hawthorne Bridge; keep right where Water St exits; keep left to exit onto Hawthorne Blvd. Lower traffic streets are on block on either side of Hawthorne Blvd.
  • 4.9 Left onto SE 53rd Ave.
  • 5.1 Jog left at SE Taylor St to remain on SE 53rd Ave.
  • 6.6 Left onto NE Hancock St.
  • 7.1 Right onto NE 44th Ave.
  • 7.2 Left onto NE Tillamook St, then right onto NE 43rd Ave.
  • 7.6 Left onto NE Stanton St.
  • 7.8 Left onto NE 38th Ave.
  • 8.2 Right onto U.S. Grant Pl then right onto NE 37th Ave.
  • 8.9 Right onto NE Klickitat St then left onto NE Alameda St.
  • 9.1 Left to remain on NE Alameda St, then immediate right onto NE 37th Ave.
  • 9.6 Left onto NE Going St.
  • 9.9 Left onto NE 33rd Ave, then right onto NE Going St.
  • 10.1 Right onto NE 30th Ave.
  • 10.3 Left onto NE Alberta St.
  • 10.4 Left onto NE 28th Ave.
  • 10.6 Right onto NE Going St.
  • 12.1 Left onto N Vancouver Ave.
  • 13.2 Right onto NE Russell St then immediate left onto NE Flint Ave.
  • 13.6 Right onto NE Broadway and cross the Broadway Bridge.
  • 14.2 Right onto NW Lovejoy St immediately after crossing the bridge.
  • 14.3 Right onto NW Ninth Ave.
  • 14.4 Left onto NW Overton St.
  • 15.4 Right onto NW 24th Ave.
  • 15.7 Right onto NW Thurman St and ride under the highway.
  • 16.2 Right onto NW 19th Ave.
  • 16.7 Left onto NW Johnson St.
  • 17.2 Right onto NW Ninth Ave.
  • 17.3 Left onto NW Hoyt St.
  • 17.4 Left onto NW Sixth Ave.
  • 17.7 Return to Union Station. End ride.
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    27.517 km / 17.098 mi

    Total Distance

    222 m / 729 ft

    Total Ascent

    222 m / 729 ft

    Total Descent

    79 m / 258 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Various
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 17.7
    Elevation Gain: 850
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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