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Portland to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    43 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Nearby Cities:
    Portland, Oregon City, Canby
  • Region:
    Greater Portland, 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.

Start south on Waterfront Bike Trail 469 feet (143 meters)
Slight left toward SW Hawthorne Bridge 190 feet (58 meters)
Sharp right to merge onto SW Hawthorne Bridge 0.4 miles (644 meters)
Continue onto SE Hawthorne Blvd 105 feet (32 meters)
Continue south on The Esplanade 0.5 miles (834 meters)
Continue onto SE Caruthers St 0.1 miles (166 meters)
Turn right onto SE 4th Ave 0.1 miles (193 meters)
Head south on Springwater on the Willamette 2 miles (3226 meters)
Continue southeast on Springwater on the Willamette 1.1 miles (1818 meters)
Head east on SE Umatilla St 0.8 miles (1213 meters)
Turn right onto SE 19th Ave 0.3 miles (459 meters)
Turn left on Springwater Corridor Trail 0.1 miles (225 meters)
Head east on Springwater Corridor Trail 0.2 miles (300 meters)
Keep right at the fork 2.4 miles (3831 meters)
Slight right to stay on Springwater Corridor Trail 75 feet (23 meters)
Turn left on Springwater Corridor Trail 0.7 miles (1102 meters)
Slight left to stay on Springwater Corridor Trail 1 miles (1666 meters)
Turn right to stay on I-205 Multi Use Path 0.4 miles (650 meters)
Turn left onto SE Mt Scott Blvd 390 feet (119 meters)
Turn right onto I-205 Multi Use Path 0.2 miles (262 meters)
Turn left onto SE 92nd Ave 217 feet (66 meters)
Turn right onto SE Crystal Springs Blvd 171 feet (52 meters)
Turn left onto I-205 Multi Use Path 0.5 miles (879 meters)
Turn left to stay on I-205 Multi Use Path 1.4 miles (2210 meters)
Continue southwest on I-205 Multi Use Path 1.5 miles (2450 meters)
Continue south on SE 82nd Dr 0.8 miles (1294 meters)
Turn right onto Carver Rd 0.2 miles (343 meters)
Turn left onto I-205 Multi Use Path 167 feet (51 meters)
Turn right on I-205 Multi Use Path 0.5 miles (837 meters)
Head south on I-205 Multi Use Path 1.1 miles (1691 meters)
Continue southwest on I-205 Multi Use Path 440 feet (134 meters)
Slight left to stay on 82nd Dr 0.5 miles (858 meters)
Continue south on Old 82nd St Dr 59 feet (18 meters)
Continue south on Old 82nd St Dr 279 feet (85 meters)
Turn right on Main St 0.9 miles (1370 meters)
Continue southwest on Main St 0.8 miles (1342 meters)
Continue northeast on Main St 400 feet (122 meters)
Turn right on 12th St 374 feet (114 meters)
Head southeast on 12th St 171 feet (52 meters)
Head southwest on Washington St 0.2 miles (383 meters)
Head southeast on 8th St 0.3 miles (497 meters)
Turn right onto Jackson St 0.2 miles (305 meters)
Turn left onto 5th St 190 feet (58 meters)
Head south on Linn Ave 1.1 miles (1822 meters)
Continue west on Warner Parrott Rd 161 feet (49 meters)
Turn left on S Central Point Rd 4.2 miles (6684 meters)
Head south on S Central Point Rd 1.8 miles (2836 meters)
Head west on S Township Rd 2.3 miles (3778 meters)
Turn right onto S Redwood St 0.1 miles (218 meters)
Turn right onto 4th Ave 0.1 miles (163 meters)
Turn left toward Logging County Rd/Molalla Forest Rd 180 feet (55 meters)
Turn right on Logging County Rd/Molalla Forest Rd 0.3 miles (461 meters)
Head southeast on Logging County Rd/Molalla Forest Rd 0.4 miles (669 meters)
Continue south on Logging County Rd/Molalla Forest Rd 525 feet (160 meters)
Head west on SE 13th Ave 1.7 miles (2731 meters)
Continue west on SW Berg Pkwy 0.3 miles (553 meters)
Continue west on OR-99E S/SW 1st Ave/Pacific Hwy E 1 miles (1621 meters)
Continue north on S Barlow Rd 0.7 miles (1053 meters)
Turn left on Arndt Rd NE 3.5 miles (5650 meters)
Continue southeast on Arndt Rd NE/Union St NE 2.4 miles (3814 meters)
Turn right onto 2nd St NE/Butteville Rd NE
Continue to follow Butteville Rd NE
0.5 miles (770 meters)
Turn right on Champoeg Rd NE 164 feet (50 meters)
Head southwest on Champoeg Rd NE 2.8 miles (4430 meters)
Continue west on Champoeg Rd NE 374 feet (114 meters)

It’s a pretty common question: “How do I connect from Portland to the beginning of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway at Champoeg Park?” The inaugural Scenic Bikeway in Oregon’s unique program gets plenty of use, and many of the riders come from far away, arriving in Portland. So here’s a recommended route.

You might be starting from various points in Portland, so we’ve tried to keep it simple by starting smack-dab in the middle of downtown at the Salmon Springs Fountain, along the west bank of the Willamette River. Using the Hawthorne Bridge to cross over to the Eastbank Esplanade and then on to the Springwater Corridor, this route intersects the I-205 bike path and then heads south. This is the flattest and most convenient way to get out of town.

If you’re arriving at the train station, it’s easy to ride along the waterfront to the start point. If you’re coming from the airport, there’s a bike path right from the terminal that quickly connects to the I-205 bike path; just head south and pick up this route where it intersects with the Springwater Trail.

From the Salmon Springs Fountain, cross the Hawthorne Bridge and loop down to the Esplanade. Continue south past the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, jog left over to 4th Street, and then right to connect to the Springwater (it’s easy to follow).

At the end of the Springwater, turn left up Umatilla Street to 19th, right on 19th, and then take a sharp left at the end of 19th onto the trail. Follow the trail to its intersection with the I-205 bike path.

On the I-205 path you’ll have to take a little jog about the time you intersect Highway 224, but it’s well-marked, and you’ll cross back over I-205 soon thereafter and parallel the freeway again. After the freeway path ends, follow signs through Gladstone and take the bike/ped bridge across the Clackamas River near High Rocks park.

Skirt the riverbank on a bike path, then turn left onto Main Street in Oregon City. Follow Main to 12th (left), Washington St. (right), 8th St. (left), Jackson St. (right). At 5th, jog left to join Linn Ave.

At the intersection of Warner Parrot/Warner Milne Road, jog right/left to get on Central Point Road. Follow it until you’re nearing Canby, turning right on Township Road into town. Just past the cemetery, turn left to connect to a bike path that skirts downtown Canby, following 13th Ave.

Turn left onto the main highway for a short stretch across the Molalla River, turning right onto Barlow Road. Turn left onto Arndt Road. Follow Arndt across I-5 and into Butteville, turning left on 2nd and following it as it becomes Butteville Road. Turn right on Champoeg Road and follow it to the park. (The actual Scenic Bikeway will backtrack you just a little to Case Road, so if you don’t want to stop at the park, just turn left on Case – but the park is worth a stop.)

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Comments

  1. Connecting from the Springwater to the I-205 bike path is pretty easy, but one south bound sign is missing. The northbound sign tipped me to turn. Just keep on the path that keeps you close to I-205.
    I got a confused a few miles north of Oregon City where the path ends for a bit. I followed the bike sign for downtown OR. City, and did not re join the bike path. The route I took parallels the route here so it worked out.
    The road from Canby to I-5 has a big shoulder, which is good since there are lots of trucks and traffic. West of I-5 there is no shoulder and only light traffic and some farm trucks.
    Good “functional” but not scenic route for those used to riding on roads.

  2. You can take hwy 99 west to newberg then you have a 6 mile ride to champoeg park from newberg. It’s a little bit challenging. You will have some hills to climb. There is a wide shoulder. It’s just under 30 miles from downtown Portland.

  3. Pretty ride — agreed that hopping over 224 is a real pain. Also, the comment above about one of the 205 trail signs being missing is also still true — I missed the turn and rejoined the path at Johnson Creek, which was kind of a pain. You need to make that right onto Crystal Springs (which is indicated in the turn-by-turn directions above).

    Once past 224, the Oregon City section of the ride is nice, particularly the path near the Clackamas River. I thought biking through town would be a pain but it was relatively traffic-free, even in morning rush hour.

    I extended this ride through the scenic bikeway and biked all the way to Salem for a total distance of 66 miles. Pretty much from Canby to Salem it was a lovely, low-traffic, scenic ride.

  4. now that the Trolley Trail is open between Milwaukie and (near) Oregon City, that offers a considerably shorter & more pleasant route than using I-205 path south of the Springwater trail.
    Plus, i like to use my out-of-direction mileage to ride north on quiet Boones Ferry Rd. (just after crossing over I-5) to Butteville Rd. & on in to Champoeg – considerably nicer than the signed route, i think!

  5. I followed this route from my home in West Linn, but headed south from Canby to Silverton and on south to Eugene. West Linn to Canby is ok but has some long, steep hills. Another option might be to take the Canby ferry which I planned to do but it was out of service. The ferry is due to open Sept 1st 2013.

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