Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Vista Bridge to Council Crest Park
This bike ride will take you through some terrific residential neighborhoods to the highest point in Portland and through two campuses before bringing you back to the Goose Hollow MAX station. You’ll travel through the campus of the Oregon Health and Science University built on the hillside, and then through Portland State University campus.
Paved streets, some bike lanes.
Quiet residential neighborhoods, narrow streets. Traffic becomes heavier in downtown Portland.
By car, take SW Broadway, right onto SW Taylor Street, left onto SW Ninth Avenue. Continue onto SW Park Avenue and right onto SW Jefferson Street. Goose Hollow MAX station is at the bottom of the hill. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland take any TriMet MAX Red or Blue line train toward Hillsboro or Beaverton or any bus traveling along Jefferson Street.
Food and Drink
The popular Goose Hollow Inn is located at the start and end of your ride. There are drinking fountains at the summit of Council Crest, but no restrooms. A plethora of food and drink are available at Saturday Farmers Market.
Duniway Lilac Park is a great location for a picnic on your return to downtown Portland. On SW Jefferson Street is the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society, both of which are well worth a visit.
The summit of Council Crest is well worth the hill climb where you get a breath-taking view of Portland and surrounding areas on a clear day. Council Crest is thought to be the highest point in Portland and boasts a fabulous view of the city and of five mountain peaks in the Cascade Range — Mounts Hood, St. Helens, Adams, Jefferson, and Rainier. Bike riding into downtown Portland can be unnerving as you weave among the cars on SW Sixth Avenue, so a diversion through the campus of Portland State University is a great way to avoid the traffic.
15.337 km / 9.53 mi
425 m / 1,396 ft
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