Columbia River Bike Trip


All seven bikers in group photo

We began our six day trip along the lower Columbia River in Hillsboro. Four of us took the Max train to Hillsboro and three of us biked to the start. A brief rain shower during my train ride was the only significant rain during the trip. Before heading out, we enjoyed snacks at Intelligentsia Coffee. Each day we enjoyed a second breakfast or a lunch at a restaurant. Our route included the Banks-Vernonia Bike Trail, camping two nights on the Pacific coast, biking over the Astoria-Megler Bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River, and exploring scenic back roads leading into Scappoose instead of busy Highway 30. Although the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club runs primarily day trips, this was one of their few bike camping trips.

Day Date From To Miles
Monday 26-Jun-17 Hillsboro Big Eddy County Park 42
Tuesday 27-Jun-17 Big Eddy County Park Fort Stephens State Park 68
Wednesday 28-Jun-17 Fort Stephens State Park Cape Disappointment State Park 40
Thursday 29-Jun-17 Cape Disappointment State Park Vista Park in Skamokawa 51
Friday 30-Jun-17 Vista Park in Skamokawa Hudson-Parcher Park 50
Saturday 1-Jul-17 Hudson-Parcher Park Portland 50

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  • Riding country roads out of Hillsboro on Monday morning
  • Banks-Vernonia Trail bridge
  • Banks-Vernonia Trail


  • Taking a break at the Birkenfeld Country Store
  • A very old dugout canoe at the landing near Fort Clatsop.
  • Arriving at Fort Stephens State Park


  • John and Bob at the Jetty in Fort Stephens State Park
  • George with his loaded vintage Trek sport bike
  • Bob riding his Surly Long Haul Trucker in Fort Stephens State Park
  • John riding across the Astoria-Megler Bridge at the mouth of the Columbia River
  • Biking over the Columbia was one of the highlights of the trip
  • Cape Disappointment Lighthouse


  • John and Scott heading towards Skamokawa
  • Freighter heading up the Columbia at Skamokawa
  • Dinner at Vista Park in Skamokawa. Sometimes we could see a passing ship in the background.


  • Don and Pavel arriving in Cathlamet
  • After taking the ferry from Puget Island, we had a delicious second breakfast in Clatskanie
  • Waterfall on Beaver Creek


  • Pavel and Don figuring out backroads leading into Scappoose. We even survived a couple miles of gravel on South Canaan Rd
  • Don enjoying a beautiful stretch of Fern Hill Rd
  • We rode home through the Pearl District on 13th St, and continued through downtown, PSU, and onto Barber Blvd