Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Wine Country via Chehalem Mountain
The Willamette Valley is world renowned for its wine and produces some of the best Pinot noir in the world. Sitting on the same latitude as the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France, the conditions are excellent for vineyard grapes. Chehalem Mountain is one of six appellations in the Willamette Valley wine country which is home to two thirds of Oregon’s wineries. This route is dotted with more than a dozen small wineries and tasting rooms.
Paved roads with varying quality from well-maintained to rough pavement. Some rural two-lane roads are narrow; others are multi-lane urban streets.
Moderate traffic on urban streets in Hillsboro, then low-traffic rural roads.
By car, take U.S. Route 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 on-steet.
By public transportation, take the TriMet Blue line to Hillsboro. Hatfield Government Center station Wine Country via Chehalem Mountain Ride 37 At a crossroads, this cyclist embarks on his ride through rural Hillsboro. is the last stop.
By bus, take #57 from the Beaverton Transit Center.
Food and Drink
At the MAX station in Hillsboro there is both a deli and a hot dog stand. A short distance into town there are numerous restaurants and convenience stores.
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, and Forest Hills Golf Course.
Downtown Hillsboro, where this bike ride begins, gives way quickly to two-lane rural roads that circle around wine country. The countryside is abundant with vineyards and small make-shift signs urging passersby's to visit the local tasting rooms. Many of the vineyards are referred to as boutique wineries because of their small production. A few boast a major annual production. Visiting the smaller wineries will put you in touch with wine artisans who craft wines for local and personal palates. Most have tasting rooms where you can sip the local offerings and chat with the vineyard owners.
After leaving SW Roy Rogers Road, you will ride approximately three miles along the Pacific Highway, a busy, multi-lane road with a bike lane before taking a right onto SW Bell Road that will bring you up Chehalem Mountain. The steep hill masks the second ascent necessary before reaching the summit, and is the highest peak on the ride. A second, smaller hill waits at mile 44 with a sub-400 foot peak but a 13 percent grade. After leaving Chehalem Mountain behind, the bike ride becomes much flatter and more serene as you pass quiet farm fields. Turning onto SW Hillsboro Highway brings you the two miles back to downtown Hillsboro. This road is moderately traveled and the traffic speed much faster.
There is a shoulder that accommodates bicycles, however. If you are planning to do some wine tasting along the way be sure to bring food with you so that your travel will not pose a risk to yourself and others on the road. In Oregon bicycles are vehicles and subject to the same laws as motor vehicles. Cyclists can be arrested for driving under the influence. To make this bike ride memorable in the best possible way, plan to sip small quantities, eat, and take your time.
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