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Portland to the Coast – Highway 30

  • Length:
    97.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Nearby Cities:
    Scappoose, Rainier, Portland, Hillsboro, Astoria
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, The Coast
  • Attributes:
    River Views, Urban/Rural Mix

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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.

Start northeast on NW Ironside Terrace 233 feet (71 meters)
Turn left onto NW Naito Pkwy 0.3 miles (476 meters)
Turn left onto NW 9th Ave 0.2 miles (322 meters)
Turn right on NW Lovejoy St 417 feet (127 meters)
Head west on NW Lovejoy St 364 feet (111 meters)
Turn right onto NW 12th Ave 259 feet (79 meters)
Turn left onto NW Marshall St 525 feet (160 meters)
Turn right onto NW 14th Ave 522 feet (159 meters)
Turn left onto NW Overton St 0.7 miles (1184 meters)
Turn left onto NW 24th Ave 522 feet (159 meters)
Turn right onto NW Marshall St 509 feet (155 meters)
Turn left on NW 25th Ave 233 feet (71 meters)
Head north on NW 25th Ave 0.5 miles (796 meters)
Turn right onto NW Vaughn St 0.4 miles (567 meters)
Continue onto NW Ward Way/NW Wardway St 0.1 miles (194 meters)
Slight left onto NW Nicolai St 0.1 miles (222 meters)
Continue northwest on NW St Helens Rd 1.2 miles (1926 meters)
Continue north on U.S. 30 W/NW St Helens Rd 20.7 miles (33299 meters)
Turn right onto McGary Ln 154 feet (47 meters)
Slight left onto Old Portland Rd 2 miles (3261 meters)
Turn left onto Millard Rd 0.3 miles (451 meters)
Turn left to stay on Millard Rd 305 feet (93 meters)
Continue north on U.S. 30 W/Columbia River Hwy 5.8 miles (9323 meters)
Turn right onto Dike Rd 6.9 miles (11175 meters)
Slight right to stay on U.S. 30 W 15.6 miles (25071 meters)
Turn left onto Nelson Hill Ln 0.1 miles (170 meters)
Continue east on Lindberg Rd 2.5 miles (4076 meters)
Turn left onto Carlson Rd 0.1 miles (177 meters)
Turn left onto U.S. 30 W 29.1 miles (46849 meters)
Slight right onto Burnside Loop 1.4 miles (2185 meters)
Continue west on U.S. 30 W/E Columbia River Hwy 6.1 miles (9747 meters)
Turn right onto 50th St 259 feet (79 meters)
Turn left onto Cedar St 0.4 miles (632 meters)
Turn right onto 45th St 213 feet (65 meters)
Turn left onto Astoria Riverwalk 0.4 miles (692 meters)

Taking Highway 30 to the coast largely avoids the Coast Range, but it’s also a roundabout way to get there. If you’re headed to Astoria – for example, if you’re going to take on the Coast Route – this is a decent way to get there. If you’re headed to other spots south of Astoria, you might consider another route.

It’s generally flat, with one big exception just past Rainier plus some good rollers after Clatskanie. This is a good long ride for one day, but there are enough towns that you can break it up if you like.

This routing starts at the train station in downtown Portland and swings out to St. Helens Road, which joins Highway 30; From there it’s just follow the highway all the way to Astoria. You’ll go past Sauvie Island, and then through Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier, Clatskanie, Knappa and on into Astoria. The road to St. Helens is a four-lane highway with broad shoulders; after that it’s a two-laner with adequate but not great shoulders. The towns are spread out so you have services at comfortable intervals.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Moderate to heavy

Seasons: All

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