Bridge of the Gods, 200k

 

Ride: Bridge of the Gods 200k
Organizers: David Parsons, Ed Groth, Theo Roffe
Date: Saturday, September 3
Time: Start Time: 7:00AM Registration Time 6:00AM - 6:45AM
Start Location: Wilshire Park, Portland OR
Address: NE 35th and Skidmore

Entry Fee: $10
Google Map to Wilshire Park, & directions

Ride Report:

Description:

This ride starts at Wilshire Park in NE Portland. We first head due North on 33rd, straight for the Columbia River. From there head east along Marine Drive to Troutdale. There we pick up the Columbia Gorge Scenic Hwy, over Crown Points, Woman’s Forum Viewpoint, and past all those falls.

From Multnomah Falls, continue east past many more falls, Ainsworth State Park and Frontage Rd to Dobson. At this point the options run out. You will be on I-84 for 2 miles to Bonneville exit. Here you return to the trail, hidden in the trees, “those stairs”, a tunnel under I-84 and into Cascade Locks. Char Burger, just across the parking lot is a bike friendly stop, and the Pacific Crest Pub (further down the main drag) has shaded outdoor seating with space for bikes. Then it is over the Bridge, and the vertigo-inducing steel grid deck 200 feet above the Columbia River.

On the Washington side head west to Stevenson, then up Wind River Road to Carson, there’s some climbing from here to Stabler, short bits of steep. At Stabler, you return on the route as far as the Bridge of the Gods. From there continue west on Hwy 14 to Canyon Creek Rd. Instead of the more familar climb over Cape Horn via Hwy 14. You’ll be taking the longer, much quieter, and less steep route via Canyon Creek and Washougal River. Once in Camas, it’s on to Evergreen Hwy… the quiet alternative that parallels SR 14 to Vancouver. From there, it is over the I-205 Bike path to the Columbia Slough routes back to Wilshire Park.

All riders should be familiar with and abide by rider expectations.

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