I’ve been thinking about doing a grander ramble that is still easily accessible to the Portland Metro Area (read: can start/end by transit) for awhile. I managed to snag Saturday November 22nd off from work, so what better time than then?
This ramble explores the backroads of Washington and Yamhill Counties, west and south of Portland proper. The big feature of the ride is the Chehalem Range, a small mountain range running northwest-southeast in the greater Willamette Valley, dividing the Tualatin and Yamhill Valleys. The ride will go up and over the range twice, hitting up the highest point in the mountain range, Bald Peak at 1,629 ft (497 m).
The ride mostly follows quiet country roads, with a decent amount of dirt/gravel and some pretty good climbs over the Chehalem Range. Supplies can be picked up in the start in Hillsboro. We’ll also pass through Gaston which has a store and cafe, and will probably break for lunch in Carlton.
We’ll meet up at the Elmers Restaurant at 390 SW Adams Ave in Hillsboro, just a couple blocks from the Hatfield MAX station (end of the blue line.) Meet up at 8 am for breakfast, then depart around 9 am. This will give us about 7 1/2 hours of daylight to ride about 50 miles. We’ll return to Hillsboro so we can catch the MAX back into Portland (though it might be from a different station than where we start.)
As for pace, this is a “ramble” so not fast, of course. I’d say the difficulty level is moderate: while much of the ride is flat-rolling, there is the two climbs over the Chehalem Range, which can get a little steep at times. Plus, there will be gravel. The preliminary routing is here, though there may be divergences. The mileage of the prelim route is 52.5 miles.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP so I know to expect you!
Hope to see you on the 22nd!