(Rating: EASY) Length: 3, 12 or 15 mile options
Portland at its heart is the Willamette River, the ebb and flow of commerce and fun, where wildlife and urban dwellers converge. Enjoy the river and experience the city from a new perspective on a bicycle. Ride two of Portland’s major bicycle commuting bridges (Steel & Hawthorne).
The ride begins in historic old town through the Saturday Market Plaza under the Burnside Bridge, across the Steel Bridge to ride along a floating trail (longest in the US) on the Eastbank Esplanade while the sun glints on the cityscape.
Continue south to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Stop and see views of the river, bridges and a decommissioned US Submarine. The Eastbank Esplanade joins the Springwater Corridor which provides nearly four miles of uninterrupted riding along the river and the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy watching the heron wade in the wetlands and osprey nesting above.
You can retrace your steps back to the Hawthorne Bridge (12 mile loop) or ride on to the three bridges section of the Springwater Corridor (15 mile loop).