Knead the Dough

Cycle Portland, Kids Friendly & Road  Ride, Knead the Dough

Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread, two iconic food manufacturers in Oregon, are located in Milwaukie. Beginning along the Willamette River, bike ride along the floating bridge of the East Esplanade, then access the everpopular Springwater Corridor before traveling along suburban roadways to Bob’s Red Mill. Dave’s Killer Bread, located across the street, offers tasty samples of their robust breads.


Smooth, well-maintained streets with wide bike lanes in many locations.


Urban and suburban, low to moderate traffic; low traffic industrial park; bike and pedestrian path.


By car, take the Steel Bridge east to NE Oregon Street; left onto NE First Avenue, left onto Multnomah Street, left into NE Wheeler Avenue. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take TriMet MAX Red, Blue or Green line train to the Rose Quarter.

Food and Drink

Coffee shop at the corner of the Rose Quarter MAX station and numerous opportunities for refueling along the route. Be sure to save room for the goodies that await you at Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread, the two major destinations of this ride.

Side Trips

Oaks Amusement Park, Oaks Bottom trail, downtown Sellwood for antiques shopping.


More Details

The transitions between the floating section of the East Esplanade are a bit rough and very loud when you cross them. Don’t be startled by the noise. The transitions are safe when you take them slowly. The path divides into two sections after you leave the floating section. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists who may be coming off the steel grid section as it rejoins the path. The East Esplanade is the best way to get to the Springwater Corridor Trail, which is very popular with all forms of non-motorized transportation including runners, cyclists, walkers, roller-bladers, and skateboarders.

Bob’s Red Mill products can be found in grocery and specialty stores around Oregon and beyond. A visit to the flagship store is a wonderful treat, however, as you can wander among the amazing variety of products lining the shelves. Constructed to resemble a mill, you’ll find a terrific selection of grains, legumes, and mixes. Need gluten-free products? You’ll find them in bulk at the store.

Along with the wonderful selection of products you can purchase, is a cafeteria-style restaurant where they prepare food featuring Bob’s Red Mill products. Select a seat inside on inclement days or outside on the patio when the weather is sunny. A pictorial history of the company is displayed on the walls. Surrounding the building is a manicured park where visitors can wander once they have had their fill of lunch and/or snacks. Cross the street and visit Dave’s Killer Bread, another Portland favorite.

Here you’ll find wonderful breads full of grains and seeds. My favorite part of visiting Dave’s is being able to purchase items in bulk at a discount. Bring along panniers or a trailer to cart home lots of goodies. The return ride will bring you through downtown Milwaukie along urban streets with wide bike lanes before accessing the Springwater Corridor where you’ll leave motor traffic behind.


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Rose Quarter TriMat MAX station onto green bike boxes going south toward the Steel Bridge.
  • 0.1 Left up the hill on N Interstate Ave. Cross with the traffic light to access the opposite sidewalk.
  • 0.2 Right just before the iron fence to access the bridge that crosses the railroad tracks. Go left down the switchbacks and left at the bottom of the ramp to head east on the Eastbank Esplanade toward Sellwood. Pass by the rear of OMSI.
  • 2.0 Left into cul de sac at SE Caruthers. Ride through the industrial area one block.
  • 2.1 Right onto SE Fourth Ave past the gravel elevator to the Springwater Corridor Trail Gateway.
  • 5.4 Left onto SE Umatilla St to Sellwood.
  • 6.1 Left onto SE 19th Ave.
  • 6.2 Right onto SE Tacoma St.
  • 7.0 Left onto SE Johnson Creek Blvd. SE Tacoma St ends where SE 32nd Ave and SE Johnson Creek Blvd begin.
  • 7.5 Right at SE 42nd Ave.
  • 8.1 Left to follow the bike path on SE Howe St one block then right on SE 43rd Ave through a residential neighborhood. The road ends at a shopping center.
  • 8.5 Right up the hill one block, then left onto SE 42nd St around the shopping center toward downtown Milwaukie.
  • 8.7 Right on SE Monroe St.
  • 9.0 Left at SE 37th Ave.
  • 9.4 Left onto SE International Way just before Highway 224. Access the left hand turn onto SE International Way through an industrial office park.
  • 10.2 Bob’s Red Mill will be on your right and Dave’s Killer Bread will be on your left. Exit Bob’s Red Mill parking lot left onto SE International Way.
  • 11.1 Right at Highway 224 onto SE 37th Ave. Cross the tracks and come up the hill to the next intersection. 11.5 Left onto SE 37th Ave one block then left onto SE Oak St through downtown Milwaukie. Cross the tracks again past retail establishments. Straight through the traffic light at Highway 224.
  • 11.9 Right at the end of the street onto SE Washington St. The road takes a sweeping turn at SE Penzance St. Turn with the road to stay on SE Washington St. High school will be on your left.
  • 12.4 Right onto SE 21st Ave.
  • 12.6 Left onto SE Harrison St at the stop sign. Cross over SE McLoughlin Blvd and access SE 17th Ave directly across the street. Come around the sweeping turn onto the wide bike lane. At the junction to Highway 224 beware of the right hand turn lane. Ride into the travel lane to allow the vehicles to turn right.
  • 13.7 Right onto SE Ochoco St, cross the tracks, and down the hill one block then left at the stop sign between the concrete barriers onto the cul de sac at the end of SE 19th Ave. Ride through the residential neighborhood.
  • 14.0 Left onto SE Umatilla St.
  • 14.8 Right onto the Springwater Corridor Trail immediately after crossing the railroad tracks at the corner of Sellwood Park.
  • 18.0 Left onto SE Caruthers St past the Portland Opera on the right. Pick up the Eastbank Esplanade directly ahead at the end of the cul de sac.
  • 18.2 Right to follow the Eastbank Esplanade along the Willamette River. Be sure not to miss the S curve onto the floating bridge along the river. If you continue straight, you will dead end at the stairs up to the Burnside Bridge.
  • 19.6 Right to access the switchbacks up to the bike/ pedestrian bridge that crosses the railroad tracks. Left onto the sidewalk along N Interstate Ave to the traffic light.
  • 19.7 Left onto N Interstate Ave at the traffic light. You will be crossing with a bike traffic light that allows you to cross the street diagonally.
  • 19.8 Right onto N Wheeler Ave, follow green bike lanes and return to the Rose Quarter Tri Met MAX station. End ride.
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    31.534 km / 19.595 mi

    Total Distance

    213 m / 698 ft

    Total Ascent

    214 m / 703 ft

    Total Descent

    58 m / 191 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 19.8
    Elevation Gain: 960
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    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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