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Hagg Lake Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"This ride begins at the historic McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove and takes you through the rural farm country of Washington County. On this route you’ll have the opportunity to stop and taste fine wines at the Montinore Winery and cruise around scenic Hagg Lake, where you can stop and hike, have a picnic, or take a refreshing swim."
--Lizann Dunegan, Road Biking Oregon (Falcon Guides).
I really enjoyed this ride through the hills around the lake and ending up at a soaking pool -- what more can you ask for really?
Beautiful, a bit busy, but fun.
Great ride thru wine country, farms, and into forests with a beautiful loop around the lake. Starts on highway with good wide bike lanes and paths. Wine tasting has increased price to at least $7 for 5 tastes (no glass; $10 gets glass but hard to carry on bike), but had live music on Memorial Day weekend. Beautiful views from the tasting room and picnic tables to enjoy from outside. Old Highway 47 lacks bike trails, but traffic was light. Hills around lake are more than indicated on map. There are about 4 200 to 300 foot elevation climbs that reward you with nice down slope glides. Recommend going clockwise around lake as map recommends to get the benefits of the views and gets the largest climbs done in the first third of the lake loop.
Short segment on medium traffic highway, great stretches through farms and wine country area and a sweet ten mile loop around Hagg Lake. Fun trip, enjoyed the $3 wine tasting on the return and the post-ride burger and micro-brew at McMennamins. About a 30 minute drive (car) from downtown Portland.
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