Cycle Portland, Road & Kids Friendly Ride, Rocky Mount Ride
This bike ride takes you to two of the three extinct volcanoes within the Portland city limits. The third is Powell Butte which has unpaved pathways perfect for mountain biking. The two buttes on this ride are Rocky Butte and Mount Tabor. Rocky Butte offers a sweeping 360 degree view of Portland and surrounding areas. Mount Tabor has a popular sunset view of the city of Portland.
Paved streets and bike paths.
Urban streets, some with bike lanes and low to moderate traffic.
By car, take the Steel Bridge east to NE Oregon Street, left onto NE First Avenue, left onto Multnomah Street, left onto NE Wheeler Avenue; on-street parking.
By public transportation, take any TriMet MAX Red, Blue or Green train to the Rose Quarter MAX station.
Food and Drink
There is a café at the Rose Quarter MAX station and several places along the route there are neighborhood retail stores. There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Mount Tabor, but not at Rocky Butte.
The Grotto, a Catholic sanctuary and church, are located at the base of Rocky Butte. Services are performed in the carved out rock face and provide a cool, quiet sanctuary in the summer. During the holidays, the entire Grotto is a spectacle of lights and is a favorite of young and old alike.
Rocky Butte is an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte. The bike ride up is not as steep as it seems when you are at the bottom of the butte looking up. At the summit is the Joseph Wood Hill Park which is constructed of stone and resembles a fortress. In the park at the summit old fashioned lights sit atop the hand carved stone wall and illuminate the park at night. Rocky Butte is a favorite of mountain climbers and there are over 150 climbing routes available. From the summit you can see the airport, the Columbia River Gorge, downtown Portland, and Vancouver. Mount Tabor provides 196 acres of park that rises 643 feet and offers a picturesque view of downtown Portland. The climb up Mount Tabor is steeper than the climb up Rocky Butte, but you’ll have lots of company as this is a popular park with cyclists.
On the descent you will be charmed by these open water reservoirs. In addition to the long flights of stairs, gently curving parkways, and numerous walking trails, the park has basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, and an amphitheater. Side Trip The Grotto, a Catholic sanctuary and church, are located at the base of Rocky Butte. Services are performed in the carved out rock face and provide a cool, quiet sanctuary in the summer. During the holidays, the entire Grotto is a spectacle of lights and is a favorite of young and old alike.
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