View Full Version : Biking from Portland to Forest Grove and back!

08-08-2006, 04:34 PM
Hi! I'm new to the forum, but there seem to be a ton of really bike-savvy people here. Awesome!

So, commuters, enthusiasts, cyclophiles... I am seeking a safe, enjoyable, and rather direct route to ride from Portland to Forest Grove and back. This is mostly just for fun, not a commuter route. Google maps says it's a 26 mile (round about) trip one-way, so certainly not out-of-this-world hard. Any suggestions? Obviously, Highway 26 is out-out-out!

I noticed that there were commuters that ride in from Beaverton, I imagine that it would be easy to build upon that commute? What about The Hill? Any good route suggestions for tackling that mighty beast?

Thanks for reading!

08-08-2006, 04:50 PM

That link will take care of all your needs in that regard.

Jonathan Maus
08-09-2006, 07:25 AM
And don't forget to check all the Portland area routes listed on Bikely.com, a great new service that integrates routes with Google Maps.

Here's the link (http://www.bikely.com/?srchkey=&country=254&region=159&run=listpaths).

Let us know what you find out.

09-01-2006, 02:17 PM
aaa, here's a link to a map for getting as far as Hillsboro from downtown PDX.
click on the link that says "if you want to ride your bike to Hillsboro" to open a pdf map:


09-05-2006, 12:10 PM
I have a couple maps I can send to you (too big to post here); ping me by private e-mail if you're interested.

One of my favorite ways over the West Hills follows the routeof the Worst Day of the Year ride, which takes you through Washington Park and past the zoo. Once you pass the zoo, you tke the frontage roads next to Hwy 26 down to Cedar Mill. Make your way out to Hillsboro and from there, I have some great routes to Forest Grove.

Make sure to stop at Maggie's Buns on 21st Ave near Pacific University in Forest Grove. A great coffee stop and the baked stuff will blowyou away.

11-16-2006, 03:41 AM
Going west out of portland, Goose hollow max stop (dont know the street) Take you up hwy 26 a nice climb do it once just to do it . Used to ride to my night job years ago, I loved to tell people. They thought I was crazy, and they were right.....lol once to the top should be able to get on canyon rd. to beaverton.

Simple Nature
11-17-2006, 08:38 PM
Terwilliger is the most scenic route for this trip. Hwy 10 is a wonderful downhill (and a mild uphill for the way back). The tough stretch is getting through Beaverton but once back on TV hwy, you have a straight shot all the way to forest grove (nice wide shoulders on TV hwy). Also consider a few extra miles to do the Hagg Lake route.

I thought there was a bike trail through the hills from portland-proper and hwy 217?

11-18-2006, 07:13 AM
I thought there was a bike trail through the hills from portland-proper and hwy 217?

SimNat, there's a path along Hwy 26 between Sylvan & Hwy 217, perhaps this is what yo're referring to? :


for a map, scroll to bottom & open pdf of "new hwy 26 path". Pretty good way to get out Beavertron way, though more of a climb than Barbur/B-H Hwy.

Simple Nature
11-18-2006, 08:51 AM
That would be it, Bikieboy. Thanx!

11-20-2006, 12:45 PM
Here, try this one. I'm assuming you can get to the Zoo entrance.

I tried to put you on some lower-traffic roads, once you got past Cornelius Pass. I don't find Canyon Rd/TV Hwy a pleasant place to ride.


11-20-2006, 08:27 PM
Lyn, looks like a good route, but has anyone else noticed that Gmaps- Pedometer has a major flaw, i.e., the "move down" arrow zooms you way way out to a USA-scale view, instead of actually moving you down? Makes it damn near impossible to use, very irritating at best. Been like that since at least the summer... too bad because it'sa really fun tool.

11-20-2006, 09:01 PM
Barbour is the easiest climb, the short section of Capital highway connecting it to BHH is kinda steep but, it is short. You can cut up to canyon from BHH.

01-28-2007, 12:56 PM
If you click below the pan down "in the blank space" it actually pans down. Rely upon the pointer text to help you.

01-28-2007, 03:32 PM
Cap, thanks for the tip on G-map pedometer - I'd given up trying to use it.
Will give it another go. BTW, in the course of not using G-map i discovered www.bikely.com, which I think is better then (a correctly working) G-map ped because it allows you to add cues & pix.