The Peninsula

Portland, Oregon

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North Portland, that “peninsula” of land wedged between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, has always been a place apart. Blame it on Interstate 5, which sundered it from the rest of the city in the 1960s. Or credit the fiercely loyal residents, many of them born and raised here. This ride investigates those changes via a rambling loop full of potential stops and detours. You could spend a whole day at it or breeze through in two hours. Begin at the Albina/Mississippi MAX Station, where a little cluster of brick buildings along the Union Pacific tracks marks Albina’s early days as a railroad company town. From here you climb up N. Interstate Avenue, ascending the class ladder to arrive among the tidy homes of the Overlook neighborhood. From N. Melrose Drive you get a great view over the sprawling rail yards.
Biking Portland

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Biking Portland

by Owen Wozniak (The Mountaineers Books)

North Portland, that “peninsula” of land wedged between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, has always been a place apart. Blame it on Interstate 5, which sundered it from the rest of the city in the 1960s. Or credit the fiercely loyal residents, many of them born and raised here.

This ride investigates those changes via a rambling loop full of potential stops and detours. You could spend a whole day at it or breeze through in two hours.

Begin at the Albina/Mississippi MAX Station, where a little cluster of brick buildings along the Union Pacific tracks marks Albina’s early days as a railroad company town. From here you climb up N. Interstate Avenue, ascending the class ladder to arrive among the tidy homes of the Overlook neighborhood. From N. Melrose Drive you get a great view over the sprawling rail yards.

© 2012 Owen Wozniak /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 18.4
Elevation Gain: 525 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to The Peninsula

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