Road cycling routes starting in Portland, OR or requiring less than 1.5 hr drive to the start
- Happy Valley Mt. Scott area is good for short steep climbs. SE Mt. Scott, SE Johnson Creek Blvd, SE 145th, SE 138th, SE Tenino.
- To the KBOO radio tower! (aka Stonehenge or KGON tower) Not only is it cool, the climb at the end is good. I used Google bike nav to get me there, which told me to walk on a hidden pedestrian staircase. Instead of that, try SW Patton to get from Montgomery to Greenway=>Fairmount. It’s just under a thousand feet, which I think is the highest you can get in the metro area.
- Timberline Lodge from Government Camp via West Leg Road. Roadside short waterfalls! About 2,200ft in 7 miles one way: https://www.mthoodterritory.com/bikeit/timberline/index.html. You can make it longer by starting in Rhododendron: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/259032 15 miles, + 4269 ft.
- RAMHOD, a local take on an acronym, Ride Around Mt. Hood in One Day. Starts and ends in Sandy, OR. 94.8 mi +9256 ft / -9259 ft, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1682496
- Larch Mountain from Portland, OR. 73 miles, 5210 ft gain. This route includes a detour on the way back because of road work. Water, portapotty and food at Corbett Country Market https://www.strava.com/activities/661336221
- Larch Mountain from Corbett, OR. Can park at Corbett Middle/High School. One way: 16.2 miles, 3,816′ climb. Some people time trial this: http://www.consystency.net/obra/ouch/
- Option: Right turn at SE Louden, Left turn at SE Deverell. Deverell connects back to Larch Mountain Road. Right turn on Larch Mountain Road. https://www.strava.com/activities/676421027
- Can also take a Right turn on NE Evans just after Corbett Post Office (really close to MS/HS). Stay right to stay on NE Evans. Left turn on SE Hulbert. Left turn on SE Littlepage. Right turn on SE Louden. Connect back to Larch Mountain Road by staying on Louden, or taking a Right turn on SE Deverell and connecting on Larch further up.
- Mount Saint Helens loop from Randle, WA to Windy Ridge Viewpoint via Road 25, Road 26, Road 99. 70 miles, +5712 ft. Check road conditions! http://www.mapmyride.com/us/eatonville-wa/mt-st-helens-windy-ridge-ride-starting-i-route-20525074
- Could possibly be an out and back via Road 25 if road conditions are not cooperative.
- Mount Saint Helens from Toutle, WA to Johnston Ridge Observatory via Washington State Highway 504. One way 44 miles, + 6632 feet. Check road conditions! https://ridewithgps.com/routes/342157
- Forest Park gravel/dirt trails do-able on a road bike: Leif Erickson to Germantown, Saltzman, and Springville. Springville is probably my personal gravel limit on my road bike.
- Portland residential neighborhoot short climbs (safer, away from road) that come off of NW Skyline Blvd, in between Skyline Memorial Gardens and NW Thompson Road on the south side of the road. NW Skyline Heights Drive, Riggs Drive, Lewis Lane, Devoto Lane (*yum 17% avg), Chapin Drive. https://www.strava.com/activities/672991667
- Ronde PDX route: http://www.rondepdx.com/
- La Doyenne route: http://bikeportland.org/2015/03/27/get-ready-climb-portlands-de-rondela-doyenne-weekend-coming-136263
- Good elevation in some of these rides: http://cyclingportland.com/category/rides/
- Not as much elevation but looks pretty https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10275176
The tram from OHSU is free on the way down, and bikes are allowed! Check the schedule ahead of time.