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Marine Drive Bike Path

  • Length:
    2-17 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Mild
  • Nearby Cities:
    Portland
  • Region:
    Greater Portland
  • Attributes:
    Bike Path, River Views, Urban

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Start south on NE 33rd Dr 0.1 miles (181 meters)
Turn right toward NE Marine Dr 2.4 miles (3912 meters)
Turn right on NE Marine Dr 66 feet (20 meters)
Head southeast on NE Marine Dr 66 feet (20 meters)
Turn right 1.8 miles (2916 meters)
Continue southeast on NE Marine Dr 1.7 miles (2698 meters)
Turn left 0.7 miles (1182 meters)
Continue west on NE Marine Dr 2.7 miles (4265 meters)
Turn right 1.8 miles (2977 meters)
Slight right at NE Marine Dr 0.7 miles (1173 meters)
Turn left onto NE Marine Dr 0.8 miles (1216 meters)
Continue northwest on NE Marine Dr 1.8 miles (2817 meters)
Turn right onto NE Marine Dr 3.3 miles (5293 meters)

This bike route on the shore of the Columbia River is a great ride for families or people who don’t enjoy cycling in traffic. It consists of a dedicated and separated bike path from the start point on 33rd Avenue to the I-205 bridge; you can extend the route to another nice section of bike path right along the water by riding a short segment of Marine Drive east of the 205 underpass.

On a nice day, you’ll ride among a mix of walkers, riders and even the occasional in-line skater. You’ll see sailboats on the river, dogs running on the beach and various wildlife if your eyes are sharp. The route is essentially flat.

The map here uses the actual Marine Drive (the mapping software doesn’t recognize bike paths yet), but the bike path is easy to find and follow.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: None on bike path; moderate to heavy on Marine Drive (good shoulder, though)

Seasons: All

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Comments

  1. See what Lewis and Clark saw as they visited this fertile land for the first time. Great lunch spots and blue heron spotting.

  2. Great for kids beautiful trail along the water. Lots of up and down to keep it interesting and not to strenuous for little riders. Love it!

  3. […] Marine Drive Bike Path (N Portland, FREE): Easy, 12+ miles of paved trail along the Columbia River. […]

  4. […] to battle bridge traffic to see town (a real bonus!). As an added bonus you are right next to the Marina bike trail. The only real ding is that proximity to the airport means you do get plane noise from take-offs […]

  5. […] Trail felt like a bust, so I moved on towards the Marine Drive Bike Path, and found a Savannah Sparrow along the […]

  6. […] Marine Drive Bike Path (N Portland, FREE): Easy, 12+ miles of paved trail along the Columbia […]

  7. […] offers something for everyone on two wheels. I’m not much for city biking, but I do like the Marine Trail close to the RV Park where we usually stay which offers lovely views of the Columbia River without […]

  8. […] Marine Drive Bike Trail This 12-mile long trail that runs along the Columbia River and Marine Drive in North Portland makes for a pretty bike commute. It also offers beginning bicyclists a smooth, straight trail and plenty to look at between the river and the water fowl that gather there, and the sailboats that float by. Skip past the industrial areas and access the trial at NE 185 Drive for a more serene experience and make it a goal to reach the Chinook Landing Marine Park so the kids can check out the boats. Find more info on this trail online at rideoregonride.com. […]

  9. where do i rent bikes near marine drive bike path? have a 6 & 10 year old.thanks!

  10. […] Frequently cited as one of America’s most bikeable cities, there is no shortage of adventures to be had on two wheels. Pedal across the bridges of downtown, tour local distilleries at Distillery Row, or ride alongside the Columbia on Marine Drive path. […]

  11. […] great thing about where I was staying was the close proximity to the Marine Drive Bike Path, a paved multi-purpose trail that goes right along the Columbia River for quite a ways. I rode it a […]

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