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.
Smooth, well-maintained streets, some narrow with no shoulder or bike lane.
Narrow rural roads; some roads a little rough.
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.
Visit historic Oregon City and the End of the Trail Interpretive Center.
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.
39.628 km / 24.624 mi
470 m / 1,541 ft
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