A Cycling Adventure
Tualatin Valley is a cyclist’s dream destination, nearly 20 different routes on different terrain—including road cycling and gravel roads—of varying difficulty, from easy to very difficult. Our routes have been vetted by cyclists, to ensure that you will have a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Ride along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail (42 miles; easy); travel from Banks to Vernonia (21 miles). The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a 21-mile tree-lined, car-free, multi-use trail. This trail will take you through open glades of the green, pine-scented forests and across babbling streams. Some of the area’s best wildflower and wildlife viewing is waiting for even the most casual of adventurer. (NOTE: The trailhead has parking. Horseback riders also use this trail, please use caution around horses).
The North Plains Farms & Forest Tour (23.3 miles; moderate; elevation changes: +622 ft./-621 ft.) is a lovely ride along low-traffic roads through scenic farm and forestland. The scenery feels different coming versus going, so don’t let the out-and-back nature of the route discourage you. With the modest elevation gain, this is a good option for beginner riders looking to go a little further. While on the ride, stop at the Pie Guy, a serve-yourself stop for delicious homemade pies.
The Tillamook Forest Tour (21 miles; difficult; elevation changes: +1,827 ft/-1,827 ft.) is used in Cycle Oregon’s gravel rides, and will challenge you with variable surface conditions, and reward you with a backcountry adventure. Be prepared and you’ll enjoy mountain streams, wildflowers, and views of the Coastal Mountains. (Please note that a portion of this tour is along single-track trails also used by equestrians. Cyclists should take great care not to alarm horses and equestrians.)
Forest Grove to Coast Range Tour (36 miles; difficult; elevation changes: +1,775 ft/-1,775 ft.) is a 36-mile loop, where you will encounter breweries, wineries, nature…this ride has it all! With some decent mileage and elevation gain there are plenty of places to stop and take it all in.
Café 47 (formerly site of the Trailhead Cafe) is a small cafe located near the Banks trailhead of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This new spot serves fresh, flavorful food and is a convenient spot to fuel up before or after a day outdoors.
The Screamin’ Chicken Diner, located the town of Gaston, is a great place to stop in for some home cooking. The menu offers a wide variety of American family-style comfort food in a diner setting. Favorites include chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, chicken wings, omelets, burgers, milkshakes and more. Breakfast is served all day, every day. Don’t forget to try one of their house-made ice cream cookie sandwiches.
Located in downtown North Plains, Rogue Brew Pub & Eatery offers a selection of microbrew beers and a full pub menu. Family and pet friendly, the pub has an outdoor area where, on summer days, guests can enjoy a nice meal in the fresh outdoors.
Located in downtown North Plains, is Abbey Creek Winery‘s tasting room. Distinguished locally for carefully cultivated fruit, Abbey Creek presents a small portfolio of handcrafted, premium estate wine. (Open weekends, 12-5 p.m.)
Hop Cycle Brewing Company, not far from the Banks trailhead of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, features a large variety of craft beers, including seasonal ales, porters, and stouts. The restaurant is family friendly and bike friendly, and offers a variety of imaginative gourmet food including, local cheeses, sausages, coffee and fresh house bread.
SakéOne is the leading brewer of craft saké in America. Bottled under four distinct brands (Momokawa, Moonstone, G, and Peaceful River), SakéOne leads the fast-growing category with distinct styles, flavor infusions and a penchant for education and sharing their unique beverage.