The 10 Best Rides in Portland and Oregon
Pedalpalooza kicks off today here in Portland and in honor, we compiled our favorite rides from around the state. There is no better way to experience Oregon than on bike, so we chose spots that are naturally beautiful, safe to ride, and encapsulate all there is to love about riding around our toaster shaped state. Disclaimer: some of these get a little intense because we love to ride!
1. Willamette River Loop (modified):
The classic Portland ride, hugging the river. Start on the Springwater at Oaks bottom (right near Grafletics!) and head up towards the city. Eventually linking up with the Eastside Esplanade and its awesome floating sidewalk. Then be sure to hit the Waterfront on the way back. For an extra burn in your quads, climb up Riverview Cemetery for great views of Mt. Hood.
2. Deschutes River Trail
The essential Central Oregon ride. This part gravel and part paved trail hugs the river through canyons, lava flows, ponderosa pines, and into Bend. Bentham Falls is a favorite stop.
3. Skull 120
Holy shit this is ride cool, arguable one of the most unique challenging rides in the country! Way out there in Burns lies this 120 (or 60) mile gravel grind through high desert, canyons, streams, and forest. We can't do this ride justice in a few sentences, so check it out for yourself! https://www.adventureharney.com/
4. World Naked Bike Ride
Let it all hang out on on July 30th in the world's largest gathering of sexy cyclists, all welcome!
5. Crater Lake Rim Ride
A casual stroll around the most gorgeous lake is best appreciated by bike, where you have ample time and clear sight into a blue like no other.
6. Pacific Coast Bikeway- 365 miles of pure awesome await, but any stretch of this ride provides breathtaking views and proximity to the Oregon Coast. For added fun, pick up a fat tire bike and ride on the sand!
7. Steens Mountain Road
Riding the 52 mile road up to 9700 feet with endless views of untamed desert is the ultimate climb. Head out to Steens in southeast Oregon and be sure to pack plenty of water for this once in a lifetime ride.
8. The Springwater Trail: The OG bike trail running from Powell Butte (or Boring) to Downtown Portland is a smooth, flat, and beautiful ride for all ages and skill levels.
9. Painted Hills and Priest Hole
Another gorgeous ride allowing intimate access to one of Oregon's natural wonders. The 30 mile gravel ride goes through Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds in Central Oregon as well as stunning canyons.
10. Historic Columbia River Highway
With more and more segments of the road being closed to cars, this ride is the best way to experience the gorge and its waterfalls. Some of our favorite segments are Rowena Crest to the Moiser tunnels and the waterfall area.