The Ride

An occasional series that shares some of the Portland region’s best bike rides.

Exploring Vancouver’s Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

Avatar by on October 9th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Yes it’s another state. But this is just 10 miles from north Portland!
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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A day trip to Dodge Park

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It’s easy to get to the Bull Run River from Portland, and there’s a big park to hang out in once you get there.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Crown Zellerbach Trail is better than ever, especially for families

Avatar by on June 22nd, 2020 at 2:44 pm

The Crown Z is the crown jewel of Columbia County’s outdoor offerings.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Ride: A three-county route offers escape to historic farms and quiet backroads

Avatar by on April 29th, 2020 at 8:48 am

A barn along NW Helvetia Road 22 miles west of Portland.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The Ride: From Portland to Eugene on two wheels

Avatar by on July 18th, 2018 at 11:25 am

(Photos: Jonathan Maus – Click for captions.

So often while driving down Interstate 5 south of Portland my mind wanders: Could I ride to Eugene? What would the roads be like?
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Gravel ‘Epic’ lures riders to Oregon Coast Range and delivers on its promises

Avatar by on May 7th, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Lush green forest canopy was a constant companion along East Buck Creek Road.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

The sixth annual Oregon Triple Crown kicked off in Waldport on Saturday in nothing short of ideal conditions for a day in the saddle.
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Finding heaven on the Hell of the North Plains

Avatar by on January 22nd, 2018 at 4:04 pm

And then there was this bright green meadow on our way up to the top of Wildcat Mountain.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Sometimes all it takes to find a good adventure on two wheels is to just look a little harder.

Many of the best roads on Saturday’s Hell of the North Plains ride were in places I’ve ridden or driven near for many years. But somehow, someway, the routefinding raconteurs at Our Mother the Mountain (OMTM) manage to go deeper into (relatively) local backroads than most of us will ever venture on our own.
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The Ride: To the Oregon coast and back via Nestucca River Road

Avatar by on August 30th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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Nestucca River Road is a fantastic way to get from Portland to the coast.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Riding to the coast from the city is something of a rite of passage for many Portlanders. Getting there via Nestucca River Road is a privilege.

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to try it for the first time as part of the Dirty Sellwood ride. The ride was the fifth annual epic ride collaboration between two great bike shops and their owners: Erik Tonkin of Sellwood Cycle Repair in Portland and Mitchell Buck of Dirty Fingers Bikes in Hood River.
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The Ride: One century to rule them all

Avatar by on August 22nd, 2017 at 11:56 am

There’s more than one way to get to Vernonia – if you don’t mind getting dirty.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This post is sponsored by River City Bicycles.

You know I have a soft-spot for Columbia County. A ride I did this weekend made it even softer: A 100-mile loop that pulls together adventurous riding that’s relatively close to Portland and offers everything from expertly crafted singletrack and primitive logging roads to carfree paths and smooth country roads.

I call it the Scappoose Vernonia Singletrack Century.
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Escape the city with an easy overnight (or two) at Dodge Park

Avatar by on August 10th, 2017 at 3:53 pm

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The first 20 miles of this 30-mile route are on the Springwater Corridor. The final 10 miles includes a blissful descent into the campground at Dodge Park. Everett approves!
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is how easy bikecamping can be: Just 30 easy miles east of downtown Portland lies a campground at the edge of the forest nestled between two rivers.

And the best part? The first 20 miles are on the carfree Eastbank Esplanade and Springwater Corridor paths. And by the time you leave this safe riding sanctuary, you’re far enough into the country where you can often see more horses and pigs than cars.
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