North Plains Ramble

Portland, Oregon

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This ride takes you on a tour of the beautiful rolling hills of rural Washington County. Century- old farms, nurseries, and wineries are some of the many sights along this hilly route. You’ll also have the chance to sample some of Oregon’s award- winning microbrews and burgers at the Rogue Brew Pub in North Plains, and at the Helvetia Tavern. Twenty million years ago this area was covered with lava that flowed down the Columbia River basin from eastern Oregon. After the last ice age, water flooded the area and, upon receding, deposited sand, gravel, and a layer of topsoil throughout the region. These rich deposits, combined with the region’s fairly mild temperatures, are perfect for growing specialty crops such as grass seed, hazelnuts, berries, hops, wine grapes, and nursery products.
Best Bike Rides Portland, Oregon

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by Ayleen Crotty and Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This ride takes you on a tour of the beautiful rolling hills of rural Washington County. Century- old farms, nurseries, and wineries are some of the many sights along this hilly route. You’ll also have the chance to sample some of Oregon’s award- winning microbrews and burgers at the Rogue Brew Pub in North Plains, and at the Helvetia Tavern.

Twenty million years ago this area was covered with lava that flowed down the Columbia River basin from eastern Oregon. After the last ice age, water flooded the area and, upon receding, deposited sand, gravel, and a layer of topsoil throughout the region. These rich deposits, combined with the region’s fairly mild temperatures, are perfect for growing specialty crops such as grass seed, hazelnuts, berries, hops, wine grapes, and nursery products.

© 2016 Ayleen Crotty and Lizann Dunegan/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 18.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Hillsboro and Dixie Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to North Plains Ramble

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Apr 2018