Garden Tour

Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Garden Tour

A different view of gardens around the east side of Portland, this bike ride takes you through the manicured neighborhoods of Eastmoreland and the landscaped mini-gardens of Ladd’s Addition. The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and the Reed College campus are across from each other. Downtown Sellwood has beautiful hanging flowers and sidewalk gardens, while along the Springwater Corridor wetlands and wildflowers abound.


Smooth well-maintained streets and bike path.


Urban and suburban road conditions.


By car, take Naito Parkway to the Steel Bridge north; left onto North Interstate Avenue. The Rose Quarter is on the left. Parking can be found either behind the Rose Quarter building on the right or on-street parking.

By public transportation, take any Red, Blue or Green TriMet MAX train to the Rose Quarter. All lines intersect at this point.

Food and Drink

There is a coffee shop at the transit center and restrooms and drinking fountains just before the Hawthorne Bridge on the East Esplanade and again at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Sellwood Center has numerous retail establishments.

Side Trips

Eastmoreland Golf Course, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Oak Bottom Refuge, Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Rink. Also worth a visit is Washington Park where the Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum and the Oregon Zoo can be found.


More Details

Begin at the TriMet Rose Quarter MAX Station and bike ride through the urban area of the Lloyd District, over I-84 and into bike-friendly neighborhoods. The streets are wide and the only real traffic you’ll encounter is at busy intersections. The Clinton Street Theater will be on your right after you turn onto SE Clinton Street. This is the location of the annual film festival, Filmed by Bike, when the cycling community comes together to celebrate bicycling, and amateur film-makers flex their creative muscle. A bit down the road is the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden on the right and Reed College on the left. Both are worth a little time to explore the season’s abundance of flowers.

Reed College is located on a campus reminiscent of small town New England Colleges with its brick buildings and grass courtyards. After turning at Eastmoreland Gardens onto SE 27th Avenue, your ride will take you along residential streets with beautifully landscaped homes and colorful play structures tucked between the road and the golf course. Your return trip through quaint Sellwood will bring you back to the East Esplanade via the multi-use pathway of the Springwater Corridor.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Starting at the Rose Quarter TriMet MAX station; right onto NE Multnomah St.
  • 0.3 Right onto NE Seventh Ave.
  • 0.6 Left onto Lloyd Blvd.
  • 0.9 Right onto NE 12th Ave.
  • 1.0 Left onto NE Irving St.
  • 1.2 Right onto NE 16th Ave; jog left at Hawthorne St to remain on NE 16th Ave.
  • 2.4 Ride half way around rose garden island to remain on NE 16th Ave.
  • 2.6 Enter Ladd’s Circle.
  • 2.7 Right onto SE Ladd Ave toward Woodstock.
  • 3.0 Left onto SE Division; immediate right onto SE 21st Ave.
  • 3.1 Left onto SE Clinton St.
  • 3.3 Right onto SE 26th Ave and cross SE Powell Blvd.
  • 4.0 Left onto SE Gladstone St.
  • 4.1 Right onto SE 28th ; cross SE Holgate Blvd.
  • 5.1 Left into Reed College campus; ride through campus.
  • 6.8 Left out of the campus back onto SE 28th Ave which becomes SE Tolman St and then SE Bybee Blvd.
  • 7.3 Left at Eastmoreland Gardens onto SE 27th Ave which becomes SE Crystal Springs Blvd.
  • 8.3 Right onto SE 37th Ave.
  • 8.5 Right onto the Springwater Corridor Trail toward Portland.
  • 9.5 Take a sharp right into SE 19th Ave at concrete barriers.
  • 9.8 Left onto SE Umatilla St; cross the railroad tracks.
  • 10.6 Right onto Springwater Corridor Trail which ends at SE Fourth Ave in an industrial area.
  • 13.8 Left onto SE Caruthers St.
  • 14.0 Access the East Esplanade at the end of the culde-sac.
  • 15.1 Left onto the floating section of the East Espalanade.
  • 15.6 Right onto switchbacks at Steel Bridge.
  • 15.8 Left on sidewalk up to traffic light; cross diagonally with bike signal onto NE Lloyd Blvd.
  • 15.9 Right onto NE Wheeler St. Follow green bike lanes.
  • 16.0 Return to Rose Quarter TriMet MAX station. End ride.
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    24.884 km / 15.462 mi

    Total Distance

    227 m / 746 ft

    Total Ascent

    229 m / 751 ft

    Total Descent

    48 m / 158 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Various
    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: 16.0
    Elevation Gain: 890
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    Accessible by bike
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