A sunset ride to Rocky Butte (Slideshow)

The sun was a welcome companion as we snaked through Northeast Portland on our way up to Rocky Butte last night.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

One of my favorite things about Pedalpalooza is that it’s an ideal way to explore the city and ride to new places under the comforting guidance of a ride leader.

Rocky Butte Sunset Ride-14

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that, prior to last night, I had never biked up to the top of Rocky Butte.

Rocky Butte is a natural area in outer Northeast Portland and there’s an outcropping near its highest point where you can take in 360-degree views. Last night, a large group met up at Irving Park for the fourth annual Rocky Butte Sunset Ride to enjoy some of those views.

There was Mt. Jefferson to the south, Mt. Hood directly east, and Mt. St. Helens to the north. There was also a huge potluck, lots of nice people, and, as a bonus, a thrilling downhill descent on the way home accentuated with warm breeze and twinkling city lights. I must say, it was a magical introduction to Rocky Butte.

See more photos in the gallery or watch the slideshow below:

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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13 years ago

Can I just say that the potluck was phenomenal. The dancing not so much, but the potluck, and that quinoa salad were great.