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igerould 10-31-2008 09:02 PM

Skyline Drive
 
Is Skyline safe to bike on? I'm specifically trying to get to Skyline Memorial Gardens, from Beaverton. Anyone know the safest route with the least traffic?

ski_pdx 10-31-2008 11:00 PM

Skyline is cool. You will not be the first bike anyone sees up there.

NW Thompson is your easiest way to get up there from Beaverton.

wsbob 10-31-2008 11:41 PM

Agreed with ski-pdx...Skyline is excellent for riding, though over the last decade, suburban developments on the south face of the ridge have brought increased numbers of cars with impatient people driving them onto Skyline. Thompson might be the quickest route, and its nice, but you could go a bit further on Kaiser Rd and take Springville up the hill. It may be quieter, and it's more scenic. A couple more options to ascend Skyline lie a bit further down the road.

I really wonder if there isn't something that could be done to protect the scenic character of Skyline Rd for generations to come. We sell off entirely too much of our areas beauty to development. Ideally, everyone should know about and ride this route to be familiar with what it offers. Ride all the way out on Skyline and drop down on Rock Creek Rd through a beautiful ravine. You can work your way back to Cornelius Pass Rd and then back up to Skyline for the return. It's an exceptionally beautiful ride.

markallyn 11-01-2008 07:40 AM

I agree, Skyline is ok
 
I use Skyline often, especially the piece between Corness and Burnside and then the small piece between Burnside and Sylvan Heights.

Mark

bikieboy 11-01-2008 09:12 AM

to Skyline Gardens
 
Ige, i agree that Thompson is the best way up from Beaverton area. I'd go something like this depending on where in Beavertron you're starting out from:

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...Beaverton-area

looks like there's a way up to (almost) Skyline Gardens thru the neighborhood north of Thompson. haven't ridden it, so caveat emptor.

the City of Portland bike map shows part of Beaverton, if that helps:

http://www.portlandonline.com/TRANSP...=70221&c=34809

igerould 11-01-2008 12:10 PM

Thanks for the map bikieboy
I was hoping I could do that today, but its a little too wet for me. oh well.
Thanks for the help everyone!

drosen 11-01-2008 05:44 PM

Other routes up....
 
to Skyline are Logie Trail, takes about 30 minutes and is pretty tough. Up Rock Creek Road- possibly the quietest ride up to Skyline. Up Springville- not too tough to get up. You could also go up Mason Hill to Skyline but it turns into gravel for part of the way. Old Germantown is a good route if you want a different route. Skyline is my favorite part of Portland riding. Beautiful scenery both north and south.

lynnef 11-02-2008 10:21 AM

caveat - don't ride on Cornelius Pass. Old Cornelius Pass is very quiet, fairly recently repaved and very low traffic. Cornelius Pass is the main truck route.

Old Cornelius Pass is just west of Cornelius Pass at Skyline - cross CP westbound on Skyline, then turn left. Rock Creek Rd is off OCP on the right, not far along.

Lots of good roads off Skyline as well. Plus you can follow it to the very end of the pavement, and, if you have sufficient tires, ride on the gravel - it becomes Dixie Mountain Road somewhere in there.

shhambo 11-11-2008 09:55 PM

great advice all. I am just joining the ranks of commuters from pdx to hillsboro. I took Walker to Park on my commute tonight and didn't like it. It's fine in daylight. Anyone do skyline, germantown, springville or the like at night before? I have a good bright front light and many red blinkies

lynnef 11-11-2008 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shhambo (Post 16804)
great advice all. I am just joining the ranks of commuters from pdx to hillsboro. I took Walker to Park on my commute tonight and didn't like it. It's fine in daylight. Anyone do skyline, germantown, springville or the like at night before? I have a good bright front light and many red blinkies

Say more about that. I don't ride on Walker from Canyon to Cedar Hills; trust me on this (says the woman who lives off Walker in that vicinity). There are Other Ways, which avoid Walker Rd altogether, and get you into Hillsboro quite nicely.


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