March 19, 2019 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Cycle Series: Forest Grove to Coast Range Tour

vineyards oregon Montinore Estate in Forest Grove in the Tualatin ValleyMontinore Estate Vineyards in the Tualatin Valley

Many people make time for Tualatin Valley as they drive between Portland and the Oregon Coast Range. The same can be done with two wheels. From downtown Forest Grove, cyclists traverse the scenic roads until they can feel the first crisp nips of coastal air floating into the valley. While you may not see the ocean on this ride, you will be invigorated by its wind propelling your loop back toward the quaint college town where you began.

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.

As the ride starts in Forest Grove, you have lots of great hotel options at your fingertips:

The start of this ride is also adjacent to Forest Grove’s Olson’s Bicycles. The full-service bicycle shop can attend to minor tune-ups and major overhauls—whatever you need to ensure a stress-free ride. There are also bike-friendly snacks for purchase (we love snacks!).

From Elm Street, your cue sheet will guide you toward the perimeter of Pacific University. It’s hard not to notice the stunning architecture of this pioneer-era school for orphans turned modern-day college. The 3,000-plus students bustling along the brick-laid paths are used to cyclists taking a break to ooh-and-ah at their pristine campus.

Next, cyclists will enjoy the pastoral bliss along the long stretch of Southwest Ritchey Road. This road is part of what makes this loop best for intermediate and advanced road cyclists. While the road itself is paved, a savvy sense for cycling alongside farm equipment and winding curves is necessary.

Following the bends and bows of the path, cyclists are often ready for a well-deserved break at Montinore Estate on Southwest Dilley Road. This isn’t just any winery. It’s 240-acres of biodynamic vineyards that have been well-respected in the Oregon wine community since 1982, which is basically as long as today’s Oregon wine industry has even existed. The east-facing slopes of the vineyard impart the first taste of that Coast Range foothill air. The cooling air is not only good for the soul but good for the vines, as well. You’ll know what we mean when you try even just one sip of their famous Pinot Noir wines.

Just before your ride leads you around the sparkling waters of Hagg Lake, stop for a treat at the old timely Lake Stop Grocery. Once you bypass its log cabin exterior, an ice cold Coca-Cola awaits, as well as day passes to Henry Hagg Lake.

As you enter Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake, you’ll quickly see that the ample cycling paths are meant to give you a great ride and enticement to all that the lake has to offer: observation decks for wildlife viewing, fishing, boat docks, disc golf and hiking trails.

About five miles into cycling the perimeter of the lake, there’s the Robinson Family Lakehouse. If the lake is calling your name, then the lake house provides by-the-hour rentals for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The lake house also doubles as a restaurant. The homemade biscuits and gravy are sustenance for the ride back toward downtown Forest Grove.

Beautiful nature, cycling and maybe even a bottle of wine to enjoy at the end of the ride. We call that a day well spent. For even more cycling routes, read our guide to cycling in Tualatin Valley.

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