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Route: Wallace Park to North Skyline

special_meetingNorthwest Portland has a bevvy of bike paths and lanes that make getting around on two non-motorized wheels easy. PDX Northwest is here to help you discover handy routes, and among these offerings are a few endurance runs designed to keep riders busy for hours at a time while remaining within and near the Northwest Portland area.

A ride from Wallace Park to North Skyline Boulevard is a great loop for cyclists with considerable endurance that runs along Northwest St. Helens Road, keeping riders close to the Willamette River as they ride through Northwest Portland. Though a mostly tame route, there is some considerable incline and it is recommended that riders are in good cycling shape before tacking it.

The first leg of the route runs for 9.8 miles along low-incline, straight road alongside the eastern edge of Forest Park and parallel to the Willamette river along US Highway 30 (St. Helens Road). Once Northwest Skyline Boulevard is reached, the 10.7-mile trip back gets windier and includes more incline.

Start from Wallace Park, located at Northwest 26th Avenue and Northwest Raleigh Street. There is some vehicle parking in the area, and the Portland Streetcar makes a stop three blocks away at Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest Marshall Street. Additionally, TriMet Bus Line 17 stops at 26th and Northwest Vaughn Street.

Begin pedaling west from Wallace Park on Raleigh. Take a right at Northwest 29th Avenue and go north to Northwest Roosevelt Street, which will chicane to the right and turn into Northwest Nicolai Street and then Northwest St. Helens Road. Once on this road, follow the bike lane for 5.7 miles, taking the lush view of Forest Park to the left and Doane Lake to the right after 3 miles.

Continue north to Northwest Newberry Road and hang a left, following Newberry to Skyline and turn left southbound. The next 6.4 miles down Skyline include slopes and valleys, progressing to Northwest Thompson Road. Head right on Thompson and follow the curves to Northwest Cornell Road. At this intersection, veer right and follow Cornell through Macleay Park to reach Northwest 30th Avenue.

Go north on 30th to Northwest Quimby Street and follow it to Raleigh, riding eastbound back to Wallace Park. Upon returning, this route’s total distance equals and a total ride time of more than two hours when cycled continuously.

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