Oregon: Portland's Roses, Rivers and Rail Trails
6-Day Hub & Spoke Inn Tour
We can’t imagine a better urban cycling destination than Portland, a city that celebrates the power of two wheels with festivals, parades and close to 400 miles of progressive bike lanes and trails. This new hub-and-spoke tour, where you’ll stay at the same hotel all week, introduces you to iconic parks known for their vibrant roses and extinct volcanoes, allows you some paddle time on the Willamette River, takes you through forests of Douglas firs (the state tree), and has you hovering above the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge.
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Gently rolling terrain on paved trails and bike-friendly roads. Moderate cycling level. More leisurely with an e-bike or by taking advantage of some shuttling.
5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 5 picnic and sack lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, guided kayaking, van support, detailed cue sheets, maps & GPS files and trained guides.
$195 for Specialized women-specific road or hybrid bicycle. $295 for an electric-assist e-bike.
Fly into and out of Portland International Airport (PDX) or take the train. Take a cab, Uber, Lyft or Wingz to our hotel. WomanTours will shuttle you to the airport or train station by 1:30pm on the last day of the tour. Or drive and leave your car at the hotel.
DAY 1: We meet at our hotel for the week in Portland’s Northwest/Nob Hill Neighborhood in the afternoon for a bike fitting and orientation and our first dinner together. If you arrive a day or two early, there is plenty to explore.
Stroll the Nob Hill neighborhood, full of repurposed Victorian houses, restaurants and boutiques. Ride the Portland Streetcar. Take a hike in the nearby Forest Park. Visit the world’s largest independent book store, Powell’s City of Books. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast we will hop on our bikes and begin our exploration of Portland via two of its most popular traffic-free bike paths. Marine Drive Trail will bring you up close to the Columbia River, where bird life flourishes and river breezes will keep you cool. After a short stint through the suburb of Troutdale, we connect to the Springwater Corridor, where we’ll observe the full thrum of the urban outdoors, from industrial districts and suburban neighborhoods to quiet forests, wetland refuges and family-friendly parks. 48 miles (+982'/-952').
DAY 3: A short shuttle 25 miles west of Portland takes us to the start of today’s ride: the Banks-Vernonia State Rail Trail. Not only does this 21-mile route showcase farmland, meadows and hills studded with Douglas fir forests, but it also tells the story of the region’s timber and milling industries from a century ago. Catch stunning views of the Coast Mountains as you pass over historic trestle bridges. Following a picnic lunch, we’ll shuttle back to Portland for an afternoon of guided kayaking on the Willamette River. 22 miles (+1121'/-709').
DAY 4: Once again, we take to the Columbia River, this time shuttling east to Cascade Locks, then pedaling our way back to Portland along the gorgeous river gorge via a supremely scenic patchwork of bike trails, historic highways and bike lanes. Along the way you’ll encounter Multnomah Falls, state parks, architectural touchstones and an inactive volcano repurposed as a reservoir. Photo opps are especially abundant, so have your camera ready. 48 miles (+2286'/-2407').
DAY 5: Today let’s pretend our bike wheels are wagon wheels as we retrace the last stretch of the Oregon Trail. The Barlow Trail Road, which we pick up in the small town of Welches near Mt. Hood, was built in 1846 and allowed westward-bound pioneers to complete their journey without the dangerous and costly trip on the Columbia River.
The ride through forested hills and Christmas tree farms has some stellar views of Mt. Hood, eventually reconnecting with the Springwater Corridor. You can opt to take this trail all the way back to the hotel or hop on the light rail and enjoy the scenery by train back to Portland. 36 (+1665'/-2755') or 52 miles.
DAY 6: This final urban jaunt starts at Portland’s highest point, Council Crest Park, where, on a clear day, you’ll be treated to a memory-searing view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. We throw in a “House Beautiful” fantasy loop around Fairmount Boulevard before riding through the esteemed Washington Park. We’ll encourage you to make several stops here, including a time out to smell the roses at the International Rose Test Garden. We’ll share a farewell picnic before shuttling to the airport or train station by 1:30pm. It’s been real, friends! 11 miles (+292'/-1278').