I've only been living in Portland for two months but have already clocked over 1200 miles. I've done a ton of exploring and one of my favorite rides is take Skyline out to Rock Creek Road. In under three hours you can climb over 3500 feet and shred some gnarly docents.
Theres so many ways you can do this ride; here are a few of my favorite starting points to get up to Skyline.
- The Rose Garden : Head up Burnside and climb through the Portland Rose Garden to Fairview. Make a left on Fairview and then a right onto Skyline. This is a great way to get onto Skyline if you haven't already tried it. - 53rd : Head up Lovejoy to NW Cornell. Once you pass the Audubon Society make a right onto NW 53rd Dr. Take 53rd to Thompson. Right on Skyline. This is my all time favorite so far. - Council Crest : After climbing up to Council Crest head to SW Humphrey Blvd. Right onto Skyline.
The ride from Skyline to Rock Creek is pretty rad for the most part. Twisty country roads sprinkled in with some nice little bumps to warm up the legs. You will climb about 3700 - 4000 ft on this ride depending on what routes you take. You could easily turn this route into 5000 - 7000 ft of climbing if you threw in some routes like Logie and Newberry.
You have a couple options once you get closer to Rock Creek.
- Make a left on NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd and a right onto Rock Creek Rd. This is the route you'd take if you want to go up Rock Creek. You will be rewarded at the top with some pretty rad descents! - Continue on Skyline and make a left onto Rock Creek or you can go a bit further and make a right onto Elliot. Both routes take you down the radical Rock Creek descent. Be careful as some of the corners may be slick from the over growth. Keep and eye out for loose dogs as well.
Both of these routes are great and I recommend doing them both at some point and heck do them in the same trip if you want!
On your way back into town theres a couple pretty rad detours you take if you want to do some more descending and climbing.
- Make a left on NW Newberry Rd. Descending this hill is epic. You can easily reach speeds of 40 - 50 mph so be careful especially towards the bottom as the corners become very tight. Once your at the bottom you can climb back up to Skyline via Germantown or Saltzman if you want some dirt. A lot of people will just TT it down St Helens but I really don't like that road as the traffic is pretty crazy.
Enjoy the ride and be safe on those descents!