Mountain Home

Length: 61 Miles
Direction: Counter Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 3959 ft
Highest Point: 915 ft
Recommended Gearing: 39X25

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Big fields require big barnThe Mountain Home ride is from Vol II of Rubber to the Road. I never gave the name too much thought until I completed it. 4000 ft of elevation gain later I thought, “Ah yes, Mountain. I get it now”.

From the Eastbank Esplanade under the Hawthorne Bridge, this route takes a very scenic and enjoyable route out of town via Terwilliger Blvd to Lake Oswego and then Iron Mountain and Lakeview Blvds towards Tualatin. As you leave Tualatin, the ride quickly becomes rural on roads with interesting names like, Beef Bend and Roy Rogers.

Then at about half distance, Mountain Home Rd rears its head and thrusts you upwards almost 800 feet. But believe me, it is all worth it when you descend Chapman. Personally, I still have to do this route clockwise as well to enjoy the climb of Chapman. It’s a beautiful road that is simply unexpected for the area.

Eventually, Boones Ferry Rd will return you to Tualatin and you’ll head back the same route to Lake Oswego. This time, hop onto the Tryon Creek bike path instead of Terwilliger Blvd. Then drop down the fast descent of Taylors Ferry Rd and cross the Sellwood Bridge. The flat Eastbank Esplanade path will take you back home, offering a little respite on this mountain day.

Despite riding through farm fields there's plenty of time spent in the treesThe descent of Chapman beginsPortlanders looking out for their ownIron Mounatin is quiet and peaceful

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