Route advisory: Leif Erikson closure means major detours through Friday

Vernonia Overnighter

(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland.org)

Sorry for not warning you sooner but a portion of Leif Erikson, the main road for bicycling in Forest Park, is closed through the end of this week.

The closure is due to a City of Portland project to replace several culverts between mileposts 8.0 and 9.0. Since the road is completely closed, bicycle riders must detour around it. Portland Parks & Recreation is recommending two different detour routes. The shorter detour (1.9 miles) includes a very steep uphill/downhill where Parks recommends walking your bike for 1.2 miles. The other detour is five miles long and puts you on Highway 30.

Here are the maps (provided by PP&R):

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And here’s the text description:

Option 1: Please WALK your bike up Firelane 7A to Firelane 7—CAUTION: STEEP SLOPE. Turn right, continuing to walk your bike, on Firelane 7 to Springville Rd, which is open to bikes. RIDE down Springville Rd to return to Leif Erikson. (Walk: 1.2 mi; ride: 0.7 mi. Total: 1.9 miles)

Option 2: Take NW Saltzman Rd. 1.25 miles to Hwy 30/NW St Helens Rd. Take NW St Helens Rd. 2 miles north to NW Bridge Ave. Turn left on NW Bridge Ave. Turn right on NW Springville Rd. Continue up NW Springville Rd. 0.5 miles to the park gate. Continue up Springville Rd to Leif Erikson. (Within Forest Park: 1.6 mi; outside Forest Park: 3.4 mi. Total: 5 miles)

“We recognize that Leif Erikson is a popular and widely used trail for multiple user groups and this may be an inconvenience for many,” PP&R said in a statement, “However, it also serves as the primary north-south emergency access route in the park; we hope these improvements will serve the park’s users and wildlife well into the future.”

Download a PDF version of the above maps and detour notice.

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Caesar
Caesar
9 years ago

FAST BIKES
USE NAITO
BIKE LANE

Adam H.
Adam H.
9 years ago
Reply to  Caesar

FAST BIKES
RISK YOUR LIFE
ON US-30.

dan
dan
9 years ago
Reply to  Adam H.

FAST BIKES ENJOY THE WIDEST SHOULDER IN THE METRO AREA ON US-30

rick
rick
9 years ago
Reply to  dan

Is that true?

caesar
caesar
9 years ago
Reply to  dan

Yep. Next to 50 m/hr traffic.

Ryan
Ryan
9 years ago
Reply to  caesar

50 mph? I wish. Make that 60-70.

Adam H.
Adam H.
9 years ago

Will there be a protected detour set up on US-30 for people to safely ride around the closure?

Sorry, that was rhetorical. I already know the answer is no.

jered bogli
jered bogli
9 years ago
Reply to  Adam H.

The shoulder is basically a protected lane – it is HUGE and the rumble strips are canyon deep. I will say, riding on highway 30 is a solid zero on the “FUN and SCENIC meter” but I’ve never had any problems with auto or truck traffic on that road.

Champs
Champs
9 years ago
Reply to  jered bogli

I’m the last to ever advocate for protected lanes, and more often than not I think people should just sack up and ride.

I make an exception for the Dirty 30. The hope is that you never do have an incident there because the combined lane speeds (never mind vehicle weight) are not going to pan out well. Unless there are numbers, like the Ronde, I just avoid it altogether.

Ben Guernsey
Ben Guernsey
9 years ago
Reply to  Champs

I’ve seen a couple riders almost get creamed because of the false safety in numbers of the Ronde. =/

Zimmerman
Zimmerman
9 years ago

Firelane W is a much more scenic option for bicycles with wider tires.

Granpa
Granpa
9 years ago
Reply to  Zimmerman

Wildwood Eh?

Carter Kennedy
Carter Kennedy
9 years ago

I’m glad they are fixing the culverts.

Kurt Griffith
Kurt Griffith
9 years ago

Why walk your bike up FL7? After the crazy sttep part at the bottom which has to be walked it turns into a road. There are truck tracks on the road.
There is no justification for this.

ethan
ethan
9 years ago

Next time there is a road closure for motor vehicles, perhaps the operators can get out and push their cars uphill on a nearby route instead. Or, in the case of bridge closures, they can simply push their car across the river.

spencer
spencer
9 years ago

there are AWESOME detours already established. be polite, and ride!

Mossby Pomegranate
Mossby Pomegranate
9 years ago

Protest Protest Protest!