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greycoral
09-22-2008, 10:53 PM
Anyone have any good loops they ride around Portland? I'm getting bored of doing the Springwater Trail! I live near Hawthorne and 50th in SE, so it would be ideal to leave from there (but can also pack up my bike and start further if needed). Somewhere in the 20-30 mile ride range would be ideal!

Arem
09-23-2008, 08:41 AM
Have you checked out maps for the "40-mile loop"? I'd recommend going north on Williams, then cut over to Vancouver up to a route to take you over to NE 13th and up north to NE Marine to go along the Columbia river all the way out to Gresham and further or over the Glen Jackson (that climb sucks with the summer headwind!) over to the 'couv.

whiney
09-23-2008, 08:43 AM
A couple of resources:
http://www.oregon.com/trips/cycle_portland.cfm
http://www.pwtc.com/index.php/club/more/links/

I like the Lake Oswego loop (these are not detailed instructions):

-Get a map
-Go downtown
-Take broadway south and find your way onto Terwilliger Blvd (Goes by OHSU)
-Head south until you reach LO
-Go around the lake
-Come back

It is usually around 35 miles

lazlo
09-23-2008, 11:32 AM
Head over to the 205 path north to Marine Drive then west to Kelley Point Park, loop around by Smith & Bybee Lakes, over to Portsmouth, down Willamette Blvd, Greeley, Interstate, the Esplanade, and back home.

Simple Nature
09-23-2008, 06:53 PM
Troutdale ...and back

greycoral
09-23-2008, 09:15 PM
thanks for the suggestions!

whiney
09-25-2008, 07:54 AM
This has tons of loops around Portland:
http://www.mapmyride.com/search?txtLocation=Portland%2C+OR&lstSearchBy=local_rides&lstSortBy=cs.view_count+desc&btnSearch=SEARCH+%3E

Jeff Wills
09-25-2008, 09:21 PM
Have you checked out maps for the "40-mile loop"? I'd recommend going north on Williams, then cut over to Vancouver up to a route to take you over to NE 13th and up north to NE Marine to go along the Columbia river all the way out to Gresham and further or over the Glen Jackson (that climb sucks with the summer headwind!) over to the 'couv.

If you're heading north on Vancouver/Williams, continue up through Jantzen Beach and cross into the city of Vancouver along I-5. Keep going until you get to McLoughlin, then follow the Dan Henrys across town. You'll hit Mill Plain and then McArthur. Turn right at Ellsworth and head down hill to pick up the north end of the I-205 bridge. (You'll be going down hill, with the wind. It's lots easier this way.) When you get back to Portland you can go south on the I-205 path or zig over to 33rd along Marine Drive.

I think this'll be longer than the OP's request for 20 to 30 mile loops, but it's an easy introduction to riding on this side of the river.

Jeff