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Waterfront Bike Path to Kelly Point Park

The safest route by bike to get from the Waterfront Downtown Bike Path to Kelley Point Park.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 12.7 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Combine this Guide with my guide for the Columbia Slough Trail and my Springwater Corridor Guide to make an incredible 50+ mile bike... more »

Tips:  Either park at the Kelley Point Park by following Marine Drive north out of downtown Portland or park dowtown and start at the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. North end of Waterfront Bike Trail

Head north under the Steel Bridge entrance ramps and then head north on the bike lane on the side of the Natio Parkway.

2. Overton Street

Takea left briefly onto 9th Ave following the crosswalks and then head right onto Overton Street which has bike symbols all along it to warn drivers that this is a shared road. Follow this road all the way to 24th Ave.

3. 24th Ave

Head north on 24th Ave for 6 blocks. Like Overton Road this is a clearly shared road with bikers so it is the safest way to go.

4. NW Vaughn Street

There is a seperate bike lane on this road that you will take west (take a left) to NW Nicolai/St. Helens Road.

5. NW St. Helens Road

Take a left here and head west on St. Helens Road towards Rte. 30.

6. Rte 30

Take a left here and follow Rte. 30 all the way north to the St. Johns bridge which will take you over the Willamette back into far north Portland.

7. NW Bridge Ave

Take a left here and follow this street up the hill to take the bridge across the Willamette.

This bridge can be a little dangerous to cross as the sidewalk is a little narrow and traffic moves very quickly. My suggestion is to walk your bike across.

9. N. Willamette Blvd

Take a left here and head up N. Willamette Blvd. There isn't a bike lane but this is residential backroad with sidewalks so it should be relatively safe to bike through.

10. Reno Ave

Take a right on N. Reno Ave and head 4 blocks towards N. Lombard Street.

11. N. Lombard Street

Take a left here and head north through an industrial area. This is the most dangerous part of the ride as there isn't a clear bike lane and the side of the road isn't very wide but there simply isn't a better way unless you want to head south around the Smith-Bybee Lake Wetland Area via N. Columbia Blvd and the North Portland Road to Marine... More

12. Bike Path

Follow this new bike path along the side of the road north all the way to Marine Drive.

13. North Marine Drive

Head left on this road into Kelley Point Park to conclude your ride.