Pittock Mansion to Council Crest via Washington Park

Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Pittock Mansion to Council Crest via Washington Park

This bike ride will take you to three of the highest points in Portland. Pittock Mansion sits about 1,000 feet above sea level . Washington Park is a very popular place for its museums, the Oregon Zoo, and gardens. And the highest peak in Portland is found at the summit of Council Crest Park where five mountain peaks can be viewed. Each of these locations has numerous hiking trails where you can wander through the beautiful Oregon woods.


Paved road and bike paths. Some are rough with steep descents.


One busy crossing and low-traffic streets.


By car, take Exit 71B off US 26 West; right onto Skyline Boulevard, left onto SW Montgomery Street, left onto SW 58th, continue straight to SW 61st Drive. Onstreet parking.

By public transportation, take Bus #58 toward Beaverton to Sylvan Hills or take the MAX train to Washington Park and ride down to Sylvan Hills. Access the SW Canyon Court from the bike/pedestrian path down the hill toward Beaverton. Take a right at the cut out in the concrete wall. Go right up the hill and find SW 61st Drive on the left.

Food and Drink

Restaurants and cafés at Sylvan Hill, and again in the NW 23rd Avenue area about a block from the entrance to Washington Park. Drinking fountains at Council Crest and restrooms at Washington Park and Pittock Mansion.

Side Trip

NW 23rd Avenue has interesting restaurants and boutiques; Pittock Mansion and the grounds; Washington Park has the Hoyt Arboretum, the Children’s Museum and the Oregon Zoo. Down the hill from Washington Park are the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Garden, and monuments to the Holocaust and the Vietnam War.


More Details

The second peak of the bike ride is at Washington Park where the extremely popular Oregon Zoo is located. The bike ride up to Washington Park begins with a very steep section of road and then levels off a bit. As you descend the hill from Washington Park, you will be able to see the red and white tower that sits atop Council Crest, the next and highest peak of this bike ride. From the summit you can view five snow-capped mountain peaks and 3,000 miles of land. Council Crest Park is a great place for the view of the city, the mountains, and for picnicking on the grassy hillside. 


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at SW 61st Dr.
  • 0.7 Right onto SW Barnes Rd. At Burnside, SW Barnes becomes NW Barnes.
  • 2.0 Left onto NW Pittock Ave and ride up the hill.
  • 2.2 Right onto NW Pittock Dr.
  • 2.5 Left into Pittock Mansion.
  • 2.8 Exit the mansion grounds; left onto NW Pittock Dr which becomes NW Montevilla Ave accessible only to pedestrians and bicycles.
  • 3.1 Left onto SW Hermosa Blvd.
  • 3.3 Right onto NW MacLeay St.
  • 4.0 Left onto Burnside St using the pedestrian traffic light and ride via the sidewalk down to NW 24th Ave; right into Washington Park through the gated pathway; ascend the hill via the switchbacks.
  • 4.8 Cross at Stearns Dr and Washington Way and continue up the hill.
  • 4.9 Cross at Wright Ave and Park Pl and follow the signs to the International Test Rose Garden.
  • 5.3 Ascend Kingston Dr up to Washington Park.
  • 6.8 Left onto SW Knights Rd (this becomes SW Zoo Rd).
  • 7.4 Right onto SW Canyon Court.
  • 8.0 Left onto the bike pathway to the Sylvan Hill traffic light.
  • 8.2 Left over the bridge to cross SW Scholls Ferry Rd via the sidewalk.
  • 8.4 Right onto SW Hewett Blvd.
  • 10.1 Left onto SW Patton Rd at the stop sign; cross SW Dosch Rd.
  • 10.2 Right onto SW Talbot Rd.
  • 10.3 Continue straight onto SW Talbot Terrace. SW Talbot Rd veers slightly to the left but SW Talbot Terrace is straight ahead.
  • 10.4 Right at Greenway Ave and enter Council Crest Park.
  • 10.9 Right around the summit.
  • 11.2 Exit the park via the road where you entered.
  • 11.4 Left at SW Greenway Ave.
  • 11.7 Left onto SW Talbot Terrace; this becomes SW Talbot Rd.
  • 12.0 Continue straight across SW Patton Rd to SW Humphrey Blvd.
  • 13.4 Right onto the sidewalk at the junction of SW Humphrey Blvd and SW Hewett Rd to the traffic light at Sylvan Hill; cross the bridge.
  • 13.5 Left at the traffic light to the SW Canyon Court bike path.
  • 13.9 Right onto SW Canyon Court at the cut through.
  • 14.0 Return to SW 61st Dr. End ride.
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    21.281 km / 13.223 mi

    Total Distance

    588 m / 1,929 ft

    Total Ascent

    588 m / 1,930 ft

    Total Descent

    328 m / 1,075 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    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: 14.0
    Elevation Gain: 2369
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    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
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