You might think Oregon is a boring town that’s just the basis for weird hipster nonsense like Portlandia, and you know about the Trailblazers, and you’ve heard they are passionate about their soccer team, but that’s soccer, so you don’t care about it. You are wrong about soccer and Oregon because it’s a fantastic state with lots of great stuff going on and not the least of which is the beautiful biking trails the state has to offer you. You can spend your days riding in the sun on some of the most beautiful and fantastic bike trails America has to offer you when you come to visit Oregon.
When you’re looking into finding Oregon’s best bike trails, you’ll have no shortage of great trails to ride with all sorts of amazing sights to see and places to go. The first of these trails is the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. You’ll be floating over the river while you’re staring at the majestic cityscape of downtown Portland. This quick 1.5-mile trail will entertain you the whole way with all the incredible things to look at both in the skyline and under your wheels. You can add on the Waterfront Park trail to give yourself a full 3-mile loop to get in a bit more fitness while you’re out on the trail.
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail allows people to ride along the majestic Columbia River Highway. A road designed to be the most beautiful road ever made is now the backbone of an incredible bike trail that goes so far it ends up in a different climate zone. This trail will take the average biker about three hours to complete, it’s a simple enough trail for a beginner to handle, and it’s kid-friendly so they can tag along for the ride also.
The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway starts south of Portland at Champoeg State Park. You go from there along a trail of 130 mils that few people will be on. This trail allows you to see the Willamette River in all its natural glory and be able to swing by Willamette Mission State Park. You’ll also be able to do some shopping at the Butteville General Store that’s spent over a century helping out riders who have been biking their way around this incredible trail.
Rim Drive at Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful trails in the world. You will be huffing and puffing in the thin air while you’re riding around at over 7,000 feet, but the views will more than make up for the work put in. With over 30 spots designed to give you incredible views and the Crater Lake Lodge awaiting you with some of the most amazing views, you’ll find anywhere on the west coast or all of America for that matter. This is indeed something that can’t be missed.
These trials and countless more await you in Oregon. The next trip you plan already has everything you could ever want to do mapped out for you, grab your bike and do it.