If you have a few morning hours in the Tualatin Valley, make them far from sleepy. With temperate weather ahead, we’re looking forward to cycling close to Portland. The Banks-Vernonia State Trail, as well as the sweet spots surrounding it, offer an inviting morning jaunt.
For turn-by-turn directions of the trail that you can send directly to your mobile device, make use of Ride with GPS. The trail page also includes a helpful map with points of interest plotted along your riding path.
Cycling Close to Portland: Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Driving toward the trail, make a breakfast pitstop at Blue Jay’s Family Restaurant. The unassuming roadside restaurant is home to some of our favorite breakfast dishes in the whole valley. Riders can fuel up with the hearty “Lumberjack Breakfast” or keep it light with some oatmeal.
As a bicycle isn’t the easiest carry-on item at the airport, you can rent from a wide range of bicycles at Banks Bicycle Repair and Rental. The friendly, locally-owned bike shop is conveniently located right at the Banks trailhead. They have everything you need for a fun, safe ride.
All geared up, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is waiting with its 21-miles of paved, carless and tree-lined paths. This trail will take you through open glades of the green, pine-scented forests and across babbling streams. Some of the area’s best foliage and wildlife viewing is waiting for even the most casual of an adventurer. Ride the whole trail or simply turn around when you’re ready for lunch.
Once you’ve cycled both directions of the trail, you deserve a treat. We’re talking about the kind that comes in a pint glass. Luckily, Hop Cycle Brewing Company is located right by the trailhead. Pair something hoppy from the taps with the brewery’s bacon cheeseburger.
Beautiful nature, cycling and two good meals. We call that a day well spent. For even more cycling routes, read our guide to cycling in Tualatin Valley.