Ride the High Country (Portland)

June 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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  • Nearby Cities:
    Milwaukie, Portland, Wilsonville, Oregon City, West Linn
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, Mt. Hood / The Gorge, Willamette Valley
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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

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Ride from Portland to Gresham following the Springwater Corridor the entire way until the ascent of Hogan Butte – a little-known hill in Gresham with spectacular views. If you’re not familiar with Portland, the Springwater is a paved path dedicated to bicycles and pedestrians following a former railway along Johnson Creek. The first 13 miles of this 15-mile ride are on the flat Springwater, but the “high country” in the title comes from the last 2 miles, with a 600-foot ascent to the 920-foot top of Hogan Butte. The summit has sweeping grassy fields providing views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson. This is an out/back ride, or three miles from the summit is the Gresham MAX Light Rail station going back to Portland.


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