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Portland to the Coast – Highway 6/Tillamook

  • Length:
    76.9 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Portland, Cornelius, Hillsboro, Tigard, Beaverton
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, The Coast
  • Attributes:
    Extended Climbs, 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.

Turn left onto NW Naito Pkwy 0.4 miles (697 meters)
Turn left onto NW 9th Ave 279 feet (85 meters)
Turn right onto NW Overton St 1 miles (1581 meters)
Turn left onto NW 24th Ave 522 feet (159 meters)
Turn right onto NW Marshall St 509 feet (155 meters)
Turn left onto NW 25th Ave 259 feet (79 meters)
Turn right on NW Lovejoy St 266 feet (81 meters)
Head east on NW Lovejoy St 266 feet (81 meters)
Turn left onto NW 25th Ave 0.3 miles (475 meters)
Turn left onto NW Raleigh St 0.2 miles (310 meters)
Turn right onto NW 27th Ave 525 feet (160 meters)
Turn left onto NW Thurman St 0.9 miles (1502 meters)
Turn right to stay on NW Thurman St 0.1 miles (209 meters)
Continue onto Northwest Leif Erikson Drive 0.9 miles (1416 meters)
Turn left onto Dogwood Trail 0.9 miles (1467 meters)
Turn right onto NW 53rd Dr 0.9 miles (1455 meters)
Turn left on NW Thompson Rd 0.2 miles (265 meters)
Head northwest on NW Thompson Rd 4.8 miles (7692 meters)
Head west on NW West Union Rd 2.5 miles (3943 meters)
Turn left onto NW 185th Ave 476 feet (145 meters)
Turn right toward NW Neakahnie Ave 0.6 miles (1011 meters)
Turn right onto NW Neakahnie Ave 0.1 miles (191 meters)
Turn left onto NW Quail Hollow Dr 0.7 miles (1127 meters)
Turn left onto NW Toketee Dr 299 feet (91 meters)
Turn right onto NW 208th Ave 302 feet (92 meters)
Turn left onto NW Kalama St 295 feet (90 meters)
Turn right onto NW Landing Dr 266 feet (81 meters)
Turn left onto NW Galice Ln 0.1 miles (222 meters)
Continue onto NW Jacobson Rd 1.5 miles (2395 meters)
Slight right to stay on NW Helvetia Rd 0.2 miles (287 meters)
Continue onto NE Brookwood Pkwy 262 feet (80 meters)
Turn right to stay on NW Meek Rd 2.4 miles (3842 meters)
Turn right onto NW Jackson School Rd 312 feet (95 meters)
Turn left onto NW Scotch Church Rd 1.7 miles (2689 meters)
Continue onto NW Zion Church Rd 0.8 miles (1333 meters)
Turn right onto NW Gordon Rd 2.1 miles (3418 meters)
Head west on NW Mountaindale Rd 1.2 miles (1911 meters)
Turn right onto Mountaindale Rd 1.8 miles (2826 meters)
Continue south on NW Mountaindale Rd/Wilkesboro-Mountaindale Rd 3.4 miles (5538 meters)
Continue west on NW Wilkesboro Rd 1.1 miles (1780 meters)
Continue north on OR-47 N/Nehalem Hwy 0.2 miles (373 meters)
Continue south on OR-6 W/Wilson River Hwy 44.4 miles (71535 meters)
Turn left onto Fairview Rd 0.9 miles (1396 meters)
Turn left onto Bluebird Ln 0.2 miles (391 meters)
Turn right onto Hughey Ln 0.5 miles (730 meters)
Turn left onto Fairview Rd 0.6 miles (897 meters)
Continue onto 3rd St 2.3 miles (3648 meters)
Turn left onto Ocean Ave 171 feet (52 meters)
Turn right onto 4th St 0.2 miles (299 meters)
Turn right onto Pacific Ave 0.1 miles (226 meters)
Turn left onto 1st St/Carter Loop SE 230 feet (70 meters)

This route offers a way to get from Portland to a little further south down the coast than Astoria. It follows one of the main highways to the coast, so traffic can be heavy, particularly on weekends.

There are two significant climbs on this route – out of Banks there’s a shorter climb, and the major one is to the summit of the Coast Range past Gales Creek – a gain of over 1,000 feet in around five miles. But from there it’s mostly all downhill into Tillamook.

This is quite a long haul for one day. If the mileage seems too high, consider starting from Banks, which should cut it to about 50 miles.

Tillamook is inland from the ocean, in dairy country. The famous cheese factory is here, along with an interesting air museum. If you want to extend your trip or connect to the Oregon Coast Route, try the Three Capes Scenic Loop, accessed from downtown Tillamook.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Moderate to heavy

Seasons: All, unless winter conditions are unusually harsh

Comments

  1. You can shorten this by taking the MAX to Hillsboro. From there it’s all country & a very do-able day ride to the coast.

  2. for a good route from Hillsboro to Banks/Hwy 6 :

    http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=36638&a=301633

  3. Another suggestion is to continue on Hwy 8 into downtown Forest Grove. Continue on this “Gales Creek Highway” and it will join Hwy 6. More scenic, more awesome.

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