West Hills Roller Coaster-Cornell Twin Tunnels-Again!
This is the second time doing this route, but it’s still a special edition of Roller Coaster and this time we have a map! Similar distance and elevation gain (actually a bit more elevation gain) to the “West Hills Roller Coaster Ride with GPS” (The Classic route), but with the thrill of riding uphill on a bit of Cornell while the tunnels are closed to cars and while Cornell is fairly quiet. And uphill on Thompson, because we just can’t get enough climbing. We’ll have some Skyline for those that want to be around more cars, so there’s something for everyone. And we’ll even have a devilish bit of climb not too many miles from the finish that terminates near a cemetery (how fitting!). How will you know when you are on that climb? You’ll know.
Ride cancellations are possible October through February due to unsafe road conditions. This ride may be cancelled due to rain. Please check this posting on the morning of the ride before attending.
Come build strength or see something new by mixing the West Hills into your riding schedule. Each week we choose one of three low traffic routes varying from 19 miles/2000 feet of gain to 22 miles/2500 feet of gain or an unmapped route that we affectionately refer to as the Kiddy Coaster, which is similar to the shorter route previously noted, but with less severe climbs. We'll stay together enough that you won’t have to navigate thru all the turns. The ride starts at the west end of the Highway 26 bike path (near the Hwy 26/217 interchange), rolls up and down through the West Hills, and makes a stop to take in the views from Council Crest. The ride has a bunch of fun (and steep) “ups” that will challenge you, and “downs” that will leave you feeling like a kid again. E-bikes are welcome – bring a fully charged battery! Optional coffee stop near the end of the ride, so bring water and nutrition to get you over the hills.
Please read the Covid protocols before attending the ride. https://portlandbicyclingclub.com/protocols/
Hwy 26 Bike Path, SW Park Way and Knollcrest Drive, Portland, OR