Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Jackson Bottom Loop
Starting in Hillsboro center this bike ride quickly takes you into the countryside past two wineries with tasting rooms. The Jackson Bottom Wetlands preserve has helped to maintain the surrounding area as a lush rural farming community. In addition to the vineyards, the nurseries along this route produce a large variety of ornamental plants and trees that give the countryside wonderfully varying colors. A visual feast for the cyclist!
Paved roads of varying quality, many without shoulders and some with rough surfaces.
Very low traffic beyond Hillsboro Center.
By car, take US 26 west to exit 69A to Highway 217 south toward Beaverton/Tigard; take exit 2 onto OR-8/ Canyon Road; right onto SW Canyon Road; road becomes TV Highway and then SE 10th Avenue; left onto E Main Street. Parking available in parking garage or on-street.
By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Blue line to Hillsboro; Hatfield Government Center station is the last stop. By bus, take #57 from the Beaverton Transit Center.
Food and Drink
There are numerous restaurants and convenience stores at the start and end of the ride, but once outside Hillsboro Center there is no food and drink available.
Shute Park is a great location for a picnic; two vineyards along the way offer tasting rooms; Rood Bridge Park has playgrounds and bike paths; two golf courses on this route are worth a return visit.
Just a short ride beyond Hillsboro Center is Jackson Bottom Wetlands. This 725 acre wildlife preserve offers quiet open waters, rolling meadows, and woods that are home to thousands of birds, beavers, deer, and otters. The preserve has a resource center that provides educational resources to school children, bird watchers, and researchers interested in wetlands and aquatic education. Forest Hills Golf Course was built in 1927 and is one of the few remaining courses nestled in rolling foothills and beautiful farmland.
The fairways are treelined, the greens well-manicured, and the bunkers are placed to provide sufficient challenge for all levels of golfers. Several of the golf holes provide views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Around the corner from “The Hills” is A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery which is located on a hillside of rich volcanic soil. The 480 foot elevation is protected by higher hills on three sides from harsh weather. These conditions help to warm the grapes and produce a very fine Pinot Noir. At about the half-way point in the ride you will find Oak Knoll Winery. Established in 1970, this winery was the first in Washington County.
With ancestors from the Bordeaux region of France, it is no wonder that this family-owned winery has produced outstanding Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling wines. On the return leg of the route is Meriwether National Golf Course which you will find on Rood Bridge Road. The course offers 27 regulation holes built along the Tualatin River and surrounded by farmland. The course provides a mix of open spaces, trees, ponds and indigenous birds and wildlife. Both Forest Hills and Meriwether National Golf Course offer memberships at reasonable rates.
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