Clackamas River Ride

Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Clackamas River Ride

This bike route through quiet farms in rural Oregon City is a favorite of cyclists for its low-traffic roads, beautiful scenery, and challenging hills.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets, some narrow with no shoulder or bike lane.

Traffic

Narrow rural roads; some roads a little rough.

Access

By car, take I-205 S/OR-213 S/OR-224 S toward Oregon City/Estacada; exit 10 for State 213 S toward Oregon City/Molalla; right onto OR-213 S/State 213 S/ Washington Street; first right onto Washington Street.

Parking available at the End of the Trail Interpretive Center on right. By public transportation, take Bus #33 toward Clackamas Community College; disembark at Oregon City Transit Center, stop #97045.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the End of the Trail Interpretive Center during posted hours.

Side Trip

Visit historic Oregon City and the End of the Trail Interpretive Center.

 

More Details

Clackamas River Drive parallels the Clackamas River as it weaves up and down alongside the occasional house. As you ride along you can peek through the trees to get a glimpse of the river rushing over boulders and around sand bars. The road will have some hills and some blind corners, but the motor vehicle traffic is light and you can bike ride in the roadway without too much concern.

It is important not to miss the turn off onto S Bakers Ferry Road because S Springwater Road is narrow and more heavily travelled. Bakers Ferry will bring you along beautiful horse farms. When you turn onto S Eaden Road get ready for the most challenging hills on the bike ride. While steep, they are in a stair step pattern providing you with brief relief between climbs. The view from the top of the hill makes the effort worthwhile. Snow-capped even in summer, Mount Hood stands in the distance making this bike ride one to plan for a clear day. Fischers Mill Road provides the awaited descent from the Eaden Road climb.

When you turn the corner onto Redland Road you’ll be coming back into a more densely populated area, but by no means does it qualify as “suburban” as you’ll still be riding through an area of horse farms and nurseries. Return to the End of the Trail Interpretive Center where the Oregon Trail – and your ride – ends. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the parking lot of the End of the Trail Interpretive Center; right onto Washington St.
  • 0.7 Cross Cascade Hwy onto Clackamas River Dr.
  • 6.4 Clackamas River Dr becomes S Springwater Rd.
  • 8.0 Right onto S Bakers Ferry Rd also known as Eagle Creek Rd.
  • 10.8 S Bakers Ferry Rd becomes Harding Mill Rd.
  • 11.0 Right onto S Eaden Rd.
  • 15.2 Right onto S Springwater Rd then immediate left onto S Fischers Mill Rd.
  • 19.2 Right onto S Redland Rd.
  • 24.3 Left onto S Holcomb Blvd.
  • 24.8 Right onto Washington St.
  • 25.0 Return to parking lot of the End of the Trail Interpretive Center. End ride.
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    39.628 km / 24.624 mi

    Total Distance

    470 m / 1,541 ft

    Total Ascent

    469 m / 1,538 ft

    Total Descent

    160 m / 525 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 25.0
    Elevation Gain: 1700
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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