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Simple Nature 09-26-2013 09:38 PM

Westside: Orenco Station MAX to Newberg Loop
 
This is a metric century loop from Hillsboro to Newberg and back.

I choose Orenco Station MAX for convenience, and also choose Hwy 8 as a straight shot to the Forest Grove and Hwy 47. However, there are more scenic routes if you wish.
Newberg is right at the halfway point. One day I'll do the extra 10 or so miles to make it to Shampoeg State Park.

I rode this exact route today and can only say "WOW". It was absolutely spectacular this time of year. There was a bit of commerce traffic on Springhill but the roads are good with reasonable visibility. If you do rural routes on a regular basis, you might like this route. It just keeps you rolling right along and no major grades except maybe the climb out of Newberg. It's fairly short to only 400 ft. (220 ft. gain). Total elevation gain is about 1,000 ft. for the full 60 miles, much of which are rollers which you can slingshot. Of course, you can reverse the route depending on your tastes. Either way, it really brings home some of the rare scenic beauty we call Oregon.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-O...co-newberg.jpg

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0...687d48c5ddbbaa

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/298071555

DaveT 10-08-2013 01:11 PM

Very nice route. The only suggestion I would make is to use Fern Hill Rd between Gaston and Forest Grove to avoid most of Hwy 47. Quiet back road vs noisy highway (but good shoulders), and no additional elevation gain.

Simple Nature 10-08-2013 04:00 PM

Agreed, Dave. In fact, the new Oregon Bike Route through this area is a really nice option. You can pick it up from Rood Ridge park and take it all the way to Fern Hill. They really did a nice job on routing this route.

DaveT 10-09-2013 09:38 AM

Those new OBR signs are really noticeable when driving (very large format); hopefully they will inspire some drivers to try it on a bike.


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