San Francisco Treat in Portland

Length: 13 Miles
Direction: Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 1476 ft
Highest Point: 1037 ft
Recommended Gearing: 39X25 or equivalent

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Nicer than my houseThis ride is a short little adventure. But that’s what treats are all about right? First venturing into Washington Park, you’ll simply love the roads that are immediately available to you in the heart of the city. The park is home to numerous gardens as well as the Oregon Zoo. However, as the downtown core nestles against the west hills, and as this ride simulates a San Francisco adventure, Washington Park is where you’ll start climbing in a hurry.

Begin this ride on the Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge and head into downtown. Work your way over to the Pearl district, eventually winding up on Westover Rd. A short climb up Vista Ave and then onto Park Pl will take you into the park. There is a lot to look at in this park. I’d recommend a return trip another time to really see all of the various gardens and statues that are in the area.

Rounding the reservoirs, you’ll wind up on Kingston Dr. The climbing in the park starts out rather steep but does ease up later on. Negotiate your way along Fairview Blvd and top out at Skyline Blvd. Now drop down Barnes Rd on the other side of Burnside and make your way into Pittock Acres Park. The ride goes right past the Pittock Mansion and it’s really easy to stop in and have a look if you like.

The narrow and twisty streets of San Francisco that contain the seemingly precarious homes of the city are a real pleasure to ride through. And Portland has it’s own small taste of this as well. Upon leaving Pittock Acres Park, you’ll be descending for a while now through these great roads that are often as wide as an alley. Keep an eye out for cars as you round the tight corners. It’s easy to get going pretty fast, pretty quickly through here.

This part of the ride pops out on Cornell Rd where more downhilling awaits. A few more one ways through downtown and your back on the Hawthorne Bridge heading for home.

A glimpse of Pittock MansionIt's a treat riding through Washington Park but quite a climb!Lots to do in Washington ParkNever a shortage of outstanding roads in Portland

4 Responses to “San Francisco Treat in Portland”

  1. rkb Says:

    If you want to skip the ride through NW before you start uphill, stay on Jefferson rather than turning on 18th. After you pass the BMW dealership and go under the Vista Bridge there is an entrance to Washington Park that will lead you just past the reservoirs and up to Lewis Clark Way.

  2. Carl Glenn Says:

    The printable directions have a major flaw. Compare them to the map to avoid wasting time. It would be nice if the printable directions were proof read before posting.

  3. Jacob Says:

    Carl, this project was completed 4 years ago through the volunteer efforts of many. It’s possible that something has changed in the city since then such as road names, new city projects, directions etc. I’d be happy to take a look at this if you have any constructive information to provide

  4. Jonas Grumby Says:

    Maybe Carl would like to volunteer to correct the major flaws rather than just pointing then out. 🙂

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