A collection of our favorite rides in the Greater Portland Area, with maps and tips to make your eskate life a veritable cake walk.
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Happy Trails! Team Hoyt
FRIDAY NIGHT GROUP RIDES
Regular course for the Portland PEV Friday Night Group Rides, starting from OMSI at 7:30 (gathering at 7pm).
BANKS-VERNONIA STATE TRAIL
21 mile paved former rail line, running uphill from Banks to Vernonia with just under 400’ elevation gain. Do not expect to be able to re-charge in Vernonia or underway.
SPRINGWATER CORRIDOR TRAIL
Starting from OMSI, you can ride nearly all the way from Portland to Boring, Oregon (sister cities Dull and Bland, lolz) on a ride that is anything but. Over 40 miles (round trip) of mostly uninterrupted carve on silky pavement. No significant recharging opportunities.
COLUMBIA WATERFALL RIDE - HORSETAIL FALLS TO VISTA HOUSE
11 miles paved two lane historic highway, often with heavy traffic. Mostly flat except last 2.4 miles, which elevates just under 600’. Recommend frequent stops to take in the multitude of waterfalls: Horsetail, Oneonta, Multnomah, Wahkeena, Bridal Veil, Shepherds Dell and Latourell Falls - all except Oneonta visible from road. Personal favorite though is Oneonta where you have to hike up in the river to the falls. Amazing experience.
For PEVs with less range, ride in reverse (but make sure you're not at risk of overcharging with regen on the way down from Vista House!)
GOVERNMENT CAMP TO TIMBERLINE LODGE
1880’ elevation gain over 6.3 miles. 10s3p with 180lb rider will barely make this. Recharging possible at Timberline or just turn around and regen brake all the way down.
Perhaps the most famous downhill skating hill in the world. As much fun up as down. And due to the fact it is not a public road, pavement is silky as a baby's bottom.
WESTSIDE REGIONAL TRAIL (TRANS-BEAVERTON)
Mostly flat, ~12.5 miles through the heart of Beaverton. A few funky road crossings but otherwise unobstructed carving.
Fun loop heavily frequented by downhillers.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER STATE TRAIL
Scenic routes along the Columbia River stretching from the Portland Airport all the way out to The Dalles (near Maryhill).
CRATER LAKE RIM ROAD
33 mile loop around the rim of Crater Lake, the jewel of Oregon’s many National Parks. Only feasible during the summer due to snow. Charging possible at Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge but they are unfortunately near to each other rather than strategically stationed on opposite sides of the rim.
BURNT BRIDGE CREEK TRAIL
This Vancouver, WA hard-surfaced, shared-use trail offers 8 miles of carving, shredding and viewing the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. The trail passes through a variety of landscapes, including open grasslands and heavily wooded areas. Most of this trail is flat with the exception of the section approaching the I-5 crossing.
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK BEACH TRAILS
@derelict_robot scoped out some great trails at Cape Disappointment State Park but beware; 2500+ hours of fog a year (equivalent of 106 days) and a Discover Pass required for day use.
WENATCHEE COLUMBIA LOOP
Located in the heart of Washington two hours from anything and everything (Spokane to the East, Seattle to the west), this trip starts at one end of the river called Hydro Park. Start by heading up stream north towards Rocky Reach Dam and you’ll arrive at Lincoln Rock Park after about 11 miles of flat terrain, charge up if needed head back down south, cross the bridge over to the east side of Wenatchee about 12 to 13 mile ride back with a variety of local breweries and charging outpost. I hope to see some new Esk8 squads come through the 509 Wenatchee, Wa 98801. Swim areas up and down the loop! @onepopularguy509 (Instagram)