Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Cedar Hills to Sylvan Hills
In one direction this is an exhilarating downhill bike ride from beautiful Washington Park to the shopping centers of Cedar Hills Boulevard along a car-free bike path that parallels. Taking the route in the opposite direction provides a great hill climbing training bike ride up to Washington Park at the top of the West Hills where the Oregon Zoo, the World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Children’s Museum are located. The bike path is wide and separated from both the residential areas on one side and the highway on the other. Expect to find cyclists of all ages using this bike path as their preferred way to avoid the street traffic of alternative routes.
Bike path, paved streets and bike lanes.
Very limited traffic until Cedar Hills Boulevard where there are three difficult connections navigating to the Beaverton Transit Center.
By car, take U.S. 26 west to exit 714 to merge onto SW Canyon Road, turn right onto SW Lombard Avenue to Beaverton Transit Center MAX station. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland board the TriMet MAX Red line toward the airport or the Blue line toward Gresham.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms at Washington Park, and numerous places to purchase snacks, water, and other supplies in several shopping centers along Cedar Hills Boulevard and at the Beaverton Transit Center. There are restrooms and drinking fountains along Cedar Hills Boulevard at the public parks.
Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Children’s Museum, Hoyt Arboretum, Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Garden.
The Oregon Zoo is the most visited attraction in the City of Portland with good reason. It is home to one of the most successful elephant breeding programs in the nation. In a recent renovation, the zoo added an entire African animal exhibit. There is a train that travels around Washington Park through the woods and makes one stop down the hill at the International Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. One train ticket pays for the two-way trip.
The Zoo Lights exhibit at Christmas time is a breath-taking extravaganza of lights and music, not to be missed. Directly across the street from the MAX station elevator is The World Forestry Center. Known for its forests, Oregon’s relationship to trees and their benefits is highlighted in the exhibits at the World Forestry Center. Be sure to visit the train around the corner from the entrance to the exhibits. The Children’s Museum is just down the way from both the Zoo and the Forestry Center. Bright colors and an artistic sculpture of a cow greet young visitors at the entrance to the museum.
Up the hill is the 187 acre Hoyt Arboretum with miles of hiking trails through lush forests. This park was established in 1928 to protect endangered species. The Arboretum contains more than 5,800 specimens from around the world. Hoyt Arboretum is a living laboratory where anyone can enjoy the trees and plants. Be sure to visit the information center to pick up trail maps. This area is beloved by Portlanders and is also a favorite of the infamous Zoo Bombers. These speed-loving daredevils on bikes and long boards take the MAX train from the Goose Hollow one stop to the Washington Park station where they throw caution to the wind, defy gravity, and “bomb” down the hill.
At the other end of the ride is Cedar Hills Boulevard, which has numerous shopping centers. Several restaurants, fast food establishments, grocery stores, and other retail stores populate this area. And in between there are a cemetery and three large parks with restrooms and drinking fountains.
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