Leif Erickson-Saltzman-Skyline gravel ride

Description

This short but scenic loop climbs from NW Portland into Forest Park. Roughly half of the route is on gravel (Leif Erickson Drive & Saltzman Road) with some sections akin to riding on cobblestones. Best to use a mountain, hybrid, or gravel bike – not recommended for road bikes with skinny tires. Includes about 1,300’ of sustained climbing during the first half of the ride. Pavement resumes at Skyline Blvd, where we’ll turn left and eventually descend via Thompson and Cornell Roads back to NW Portland. Safety notes: Leif Erickson is narrow with many blind corners and lots of bike & pedestrian traffic. You should plan to ride single file most of the time, including on Skyline Blvd (& we’ll use the adjacent bike path where available). Depending on traffic conditions we might detour around one or both of the tunnels on Cornell Rd via the pedestrian paths along their north sides. Coffee stop is at St Honore in NW Portland near end of ride. Sign-in will be at the start and maps will be available.

Details

Date: Tuesday July 5th, 2022
Departure Time: 9:30 am
Type: Group
Pace: Slow (8-13 mph)
Distance: 16 miles
Terrain: C
Maps: Leif Erickson/Skyline/Cornell loop GPS

Start Location

Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest Raleigh Street, Northwest District, Portland, OR, USA Google Maps
Park on NW 27th Chapman Elementary School

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