Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Crazy Parks Ride
Lots of parks, the scenic beauty being high above the city, and riding through quaint sections of town make this ride remarkable and one you will want to plan for a full-day excursion, complete with picnic lunch. This ride provides a great introduction to the city of Portland and highlights some of the most popular places to visit. Along the way you will also see some lesser known landmarks including the smallest park in the world.
Smooth paved streets and bike/pedestrian trails. Switchbacks up through Washington Park are rough and have some pot holes.
Low-traffic streets through Washington Park, bike/pedestrian trails, and urban streets with bike lanes.
By car, take 26 west to exit 72 toward Zoo/Forestry Center. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland take any Red or Blue TriMet MAX train line toward Hillsboro or Beaverton; disembark at Washington Park station.
Food and Drink
Plenty of options for food and drinks at the Rose Garden and throughout the urban parts of the ride. Restrooms available at Washington Park between the Tri-Met stations.
Explore NW 23rd Avenue, Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, the Children’s Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and Hoyt Arboretum.
Washington Park offers terrific museums and other amenities, but nothing beats bike riding SW Kingston Drive down through the lush, dense woods. Bike riding down this road is only half the elevation you need to descend. SW Vista Avenue is quite steep and your brakes need to be up to the task. At the bottom of the hill you’re near chic NW 23rd Avenue where shopping and dining have been elevated to an art form. NW Everett Street will bring you into town and along the North Park Blocks. At the corner of SW Taylor Street you’ll encounter Mill Ends Park, the world’s smallest park.
Formerly a utility pole, this park is located in the median strip where a single evergreen tree is surrounded by a diminutive concrete wall. Both the east and west sides of the Willamette River are parks that the public enjoys year-round. At the base of SW Ankeny Street is a wide expanse of brick and granite where fountains and parks provide terrific space for kids to play. After crossing the Hawthorne Bridge you’ll bike ride past Chapman Park located behind City Hall and around the Elk Fountain in the middle of Main Street.
At the top of the hill will be Shemanski Park located in the South Park Blocks across from the Portland Art Museum. Bike riding over SW Jefferson Street you’ll come to the Jefferson Street City Park – truly more of a traffic circle than a park. Further along at the intersection of SW 18th Avenue and Burnside Street is the Portland Firefighters Park – a park disguised as a monument. A short distance from here you will come back into the chic section of town on your way to the obscure entrance to Washington Park. You’ll ride the switchbacks up to the road, through the Rose Garden access road, and ascend the remainder of the West Hills via a beautiful neighborhood along SW Fairview Boulevard before returning to the starting point.
20.123 km / 12.504 mi
369 m / 1,211 ft
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