Boring? Hardly

Length: 75 Miles
Direction: Counter Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 5767 ft
Highest Point: 1845 ft
Recommended Gearing: 39X27 or equivalent

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In my experience, no matter where I ride in the area, it has been impossible to climb above the 1700 foot barrier save for Larch Mountain. I have countless times crested a climb, only to see 1650, 1630, 1680 on my GPS. Was this a design of the road engineers or a natural phenomenon of the local mountains? Either way, it’s been infuriating for me. So you can imagine my delight when I crested George Rd on the Boring? Hardly ride and saw 1845 ft proudly displayed on my GPS. This is the 2nd highest point of this series.

Boring was named for W.H. Boring, an early resident of the area. Locals have embraced the name and have a town sign reading, “Boring, the most exciting place to live”. I’ll leave that debate up to you, but I can attest that the riding in the area is nothing short of outstanding. Even getting there is incredible with roads such as Butler and Sunshine Valley.

Eventually, you’ll arrive at Eagle Fern Park. Signs do not indicate that the park closes in the winter. I have been through the area in December and was pleased to find that I could still stop in at the bathrooms and fill my bottles. After the long climb to the top of George Rd, there is still plenty of elevation left to gain, including the hills on Kitzmiller and Tickle Creek, with plenty of undulation in between. At nearly 6000 ft of gain in 75 miles, this ride may have you looking for real estate in Boring, rather than riding home.

Converted church on George RdI can't imagine a better time of yearA clear day and Mt Hood stands at attentionEagle Fern Rd awaitsHard to beat the scenery out hereButler Rd

6 Responses to “Boring? Hardly”

  1. leaf slayer Says:

    This is an awesome ride. I did it today with some variation. I cut out the portion through Happy Valley since it was windy and I was doing the ride from N. Portland. Amsigger Rd and the brief section on 211 are hectic. There’s no shoulder and the traffic barrels along. There was also some small patches of ice in Eagle Fern Park. One thing I’ve noticed riding in Clackamas County is that people like there autos big and they like to drive them fast and they don’t really seem to happy to share the roads with cyclist. Fortunately most of the roads are quiet. I’ll definitely be doing this ride again, but with more variation, probably heading to Estacada via Snuffin Rd or something.

    Thanks for posting this. I purchased the Rubber to the Road books when I moved to Portland 2yrs ago and between them, The Long Haul (blog) and the Oregon Randonneurs website I was able to learn about great rides from Portland.

  2. David Guettler Says:

    An alternative starting point for this and other eastside rides is the Springwater trail. This rail-to-trails multiuse path starts around Sellwood and stays off all roads until the pavement ends at Rudd Road and Telford, almost to Boring.

  3. Velomann Says:

    I did this ride on 4/19/09 with 5 team mates. What a stunning ride. We had near-perfect conditions; upper 60’s to mid-70’s with only light wind. The lollipop loop from eagle Fern up to George and back down to Eagle Fern is beautiful. If you’re trying to decide whether to do the shorter version, yes, this loop involves more climbing, but it is the most beautiful part of a very beautiful route and well-worth the extra effort. Swooping down the perfect turns from George through the clear cuts was memorable. In bad weather, though, this part of the loop, with it’s relatively high elevation, could be miserable.

    Lots of shady climbing and very little traffic for most of the route made for a pleasant day. There is lots of climbing, though. McCalls Country store in Boring is a nice rest stop after the last climb out of Tickle Creek canyon. And there is water available at Eagle Fern.

  4. Jacob Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the ride. I try and do this one regularly for training

  5. Patrick Says:

    Just did this ride today, it was great, though I wasn’t ready for all the miscellaneous climbing after George Road.

    Minor correction to the directions, Eagle Fern is a County Park, not a State Park.

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