Cedar Hills to Sylvan Hills

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.

Side Trip

Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Children’s Museum, Hoyt Arboretum, Japanese Garden, and the International Rose Garden.


More Details

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.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at Beaverton Transit Center by taking either the Red line to the airport or Blue line to Gresham. Disembark at the Washington Park station. Take the elevator up to the park from the station.
  • 0.4 Begin downhill on the SW Knights Blvd from MAX station which becomes SW Zoo Rd. Just before the bridge that crosses over Rte 26, also known as Sunset Hwy take a right onto SW Canyon Court.
  • 1.0 At the top of the hill, cross over street onto bike path at SW Westgate Dr.
  • 1.2 At the top of the hill, cross SW Skyline Blvd and access the bike path.
  • 1.9 At SW Camelot Court take a left at the Sunset Hills Memorial Park to cross over the highway.
  • 2.0 Take an immediate right onto SW Pointer Rd.
  • 2.2 At SW 75th, Pointer Rd ends; access the bike path (also known as SW Park Way) to the right along the stone wall that separates the path from the Sunset Hwy.
  • 3.2 The path ends at SW Knollcrest Rd.
  • 3.3 Continue straight and take a left onto SW 96th Ave one block.
  • 3.37 Right onto SW Wilshire St; cross the bridge and continue straight.
  • 3.8 Right onto SW Marlow Ave which becomes SW Butner Rd as it curves left in front of the Sunset Transit Center.
  • 4.5 Left onto SW Cedar Hills Blvd. An alternate starting point of this ride is at Church of Christ on the corner of SW Park Way and SW Cedar Hills Blvd where there is a TriMet Park and ride parking lot.
  • 6.1 Left onto SW Hall Blvd.
  • 6.3 Left onto SW Center St.
  • 6.5 Right onto SW Lombard Ave.
  • 6.7 Left into the Beaverton Transit Center and end of ride.
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    10.816 km / 6.721 mi

    Total Distance

    114 m / 373 ft

    Total Ascent

    276 m / 905 ft

    Total Descent

    238 m / 780 ft

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    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    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: 6.7
    Elevation Gain: 430
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    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
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