Discover hidden gems on the Springwater Corridor (Video)

Our latest video (by Amit Zinman) shares the sights and sounds of the recent Hidden Gems of the Springwater Corridor ride.

Veteran ride leader Tom Howe began in Sellwood and shared several cool stops on the way to Leach Botanical Garden in east Portland. We learned some train and trolly trivia, pondered the history of Johnson Creek, and took time to see beyond the obvious edges of the Springwater path.

Enjoy the video!

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PATRICK
PATRICK
2 years ago

We need a MAP! There is SO much I’ve been missing!

Pedaling in PDX
Pedaling in PDX
2 years ago
Reply to  PATRICK

Agreed, does the ride leader, Tom, have a ride with GPS route perhaps?

eawriste
eawriste
2 years ago

Plug for Deep Creek Park. The Springwater doesn’t have to end in Boring. For those adventurous few who enjoy a hikabike, not even in Barton!

Bicycling Al
Bicycling Al
2 years ago
Reply to  eawriste

How do you cross Deep Creek to avoid going to Barton via Amissiger Rd? It is fine to take Amisigger TO Barton because you’re screaming downhill but going back to Boring is pretty sketchy as car traffic treats this like a highway and there are places where guard rails cause tight spots. Tickle Creek Rd, while great, adds a bunch of mileage and vertical and isn’t for everyone.

eawriste
eawriste
2 years ago
Reply to  Bicycling Al

There are two crossings. N Fork of Deep Creek and Deep Creek respectively. Both require you to ford at your own risk. The crossings are easily fordable in the Summer, and less so during times of heavier rain. Both Crossings are on public property (within Deep Creek County Park). Yeah Amissiger is awful. I don’t ride it. Tickle Creek Road is fine, but then you have to ride 211. I don’t ride that either. After crossing you’re on the Cazadero until past Eagle Creek. Hence the importance of these crossings.

As far as I know the effort to provide easy access to the ROW and build bridges across the creeks remain indefinitely stalled, primarily due to staffing shortages.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
2 years ago

Is the goat farm still on the Springwater, near Powell Butte?

Matt
Matt
2 years ago
Reply to  David Hampsten

You mean sheep?

curly
curly
2 years ago
Reply to  Matt

He means sheep….
Last I saw the goats were at 92nd and Ellis in Lents.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
2 years ago
Reply to  curly

It has been a long while…

eawriste
eawriste
2 years ago
Reply to  curly

Goats are back in North Portland along the cut.

Xavier R.
Xavier R.
2 years ago

Be careful if you ride here with kids. Unfortunately a lot of unstable people on the Springwater. Leach Gardens has a lot of unsavory characters. I personally had a bad experience there. I now avoid it.

Jem Phillips
Jem Phillips
2 years ago
Reply to  Xavier R.

This video is the Portland experience in a nutshell: pretend that the mildly interesting stuff is amazing while ignoring the multiple screaming, stomping elephants in the room.

Jason Walker
Jason Walker
2 years ago

The truly real gems of the Springwater Corridor that nobody wants to mention, as with all long bike trails, are the best places to go to the bathroom. But a video about that might be too much information….