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The 5 Best Portland Bike Rides Near The South Waterfront


Some people think that urban living means compromising your love for nature. Well, we’re here to tell you that this is not true! In fact, downtown Portland is a perfect example of how a metropolitan and rural life can successfully intersect. Here, there are plenty of ways to appreciate the environment without ever leaving the city. As a newer member of the promising South Waterfront neighborhood, we’ve made it our mission at Osprey Apartments to familiarize ourselves with some awesome Portland bike rides. Many of our residents prefer the cyclists’ lifestyle, and it’s easy to see why. Just take a look at our top five Portland bike rides:

1. Waterfront Loop Trail

If you’re looking for an easier Portland bike trail, consider the Waterfront Loop Trail. You don’t have to push yourself too hard on this 11-mile ride, which remains relatively flat throughout the journey. There are some sections of this trail that are on the streets but for the most part, this ride is mainly on a path. Start your loop in Waterfront Park at the Salmon Springs Fountain. Make sure to take your time and revel in the Willamette River views, they’re really quite magical. You’ll also get to enjoy the trip under the Hawthorne Bridge. If you feel like taking some time to learn some science while you’re on the east side of the loop, lock up the bike and stop in at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

2. Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade

Another Portland bike ride that takes an exciting path through town is on the east side of the Willamette River. The Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade is an easier path, stretching from the north end of the Steel Bridge to the south end of SE Caruthers Street. It boasts views of the river and city, and you can head over one of the many bridges to the west side to check out the country’s longest pedestrian and public transportation bridge, Tilikum Crossing. Many people say that the best part of this trail is the floating walkway that allows you to ride at water level. Additionally, this is a must-do trip on a sunny day.

3. Spring Water Corridor Trail

Here’s a Portland bike trail that kicks it up a tad. You’ll be getting into medium level difficulty on this bike ride, but it’s still very family friendly. Spring Water Corridor Trail is a 19-mile path, starting at the downtown banks of the Willamette River. If you choose this route for your Portland bike rides, you’ll get to encounter wetlands, forestry and park refuges. If you need a quiet moment to yourself or a place to rest your tired legs, stop at Johnson Creek for a bit. Also, as you navigate this path, you’ll have the opportunity to check out breathtaking views of Mount Hood. When you come to the end of your journey, you will find yourself in the town of Boring.

4. Leif Erickson Drive

Leif Erickson Drive will also provide some mild difficulty for your Portland Bike Ride, as there are some short hill climbs and rocky portions that you’ll encounter. But, for the most part, it’s a pretty smooth 23-mile ride on a well-maintained gravel road. Plus, it’s reversible; you can begin your excursion at either end of this trail, meaning this Portland bike ride can begin at either Thruman Road or Germantown Road. You’ll work your way through Forest Park, one of the nation’s largest forest reserves while overlooking the Willamette River. Leif Erickson Drive is optimal for those who are after some mountain bike riding without having to head into the actual mountains.

5. South Waterfront Greenway

We’re so fond of the South Waterfront neighborhood, it’s easy to see why. It’s truly the ideal spot for Osprey. This area provides convenient access to both the bustle of downtown and the serenity of a riverfront Portland bike trail. As an Osprey resident, you can enjoy the perfect balance of metropolitan convenience and natural serenity. Wait until you discover the South Waterfront Greenway, which spans from Marquam Bridge south to the River Forum Building. Just grab your bike from Osprey’s Bike Storage Room and head outside and start your journey. At Osprey, you’ve got access to an incredible Portland bike ride on a regular basis without having to go far.

Once you’ve gotten your daily dose of the outdoors, you can retreat to your stylish and comfy apartment community. Of course, you don’t always have to leave your home to appreciate the beauty of nature and water, Osprey features some astounding views of the Willamette.

If you’re interested in living in a place where urban living and nature connect, get in touch with Osprey Apartments! You won’t regret it!

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