The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA), the destination marketing organization for Tualatin Valley, has developed a series of new cycling routes in conjunction with Ride with GPS, an online tool that allows cyclists to plan, navigate and share great rides.
Maps and cue sheets for 15 cycling routes, including the existing Bank-Vernonia State Trail and the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, have been developed. All of the rides—designed for beginners through advanced riders— are located within Washington County or Columbia County and showcase the natural and scenic beauty of northwestern Oregon. Routes consist of a mix of road cycling, car-free paved paths and gravel routes, and are now all available on the Tualatin Valley website.
On the Tualatin Valley site, riders can plan their rides, as each route has a dedicated page with an interactive map, which outlines the route itself and lists elevation changes, and places to eat, drink and sleep nearby. Riders also have the option to send the map to their mobile devices or to open a full-size version on ridewithgps.com to get cue sheets and other information to plan their ride.
The WCVA currently is working on new “Bike Hub” stations, which will be the first program of its kind when launched. More than a dozen locations will be installed by July 2019, and will include free air for tires and an “community” map of what’s near each hub.
List of Routes:
Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway (Intermediate/Advanced)
Banks-Vernonia State Trail (All levels)
Forest Grove to Coast Range Tour (Intermediate/Advanced)
Henry Hagg Lake Loop (Intermediate/Advanced)
North Plains Farms & Forests Tour (All levels)
Western Tualatin Valley Car-Free Loop (Intermediate/Advanced)
Wine Country Ramble (Intermediate/Advanced)
West Tualatin Valley Tour (Advanced)
North Tualatin Valley Car-Free Ride (Intermediate/Advanced)
Family-Friendly Banks-Vernonia State Trail (All levels)
Reehers Camp Loop (Advanced, gravel)
Tillamook Forest Tour (Intermediate/Advanced, gravel)
Columbia County Challenge (Very difficult, gravel)
Crown-Zellerbach Trail (Difficult, gravel)
Vernonia Coastal Mountain Tour (Difficult, gravel)
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VISITORS ASSOCIATION
The Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) is a non-profit destination marketing organization that serves the region’s tourism industry by actively promoting Oregon’s Washington County/Tualatin Valley as a desired tourism destination to business and leisure travelers, sports and event planners, meeting planners and group tour operators. The WCVA is funded by 2.33 percentage of transient lodging tax (TLT) generated and collected in Washington County. The WCVA markets the destination as “The Tualatin Valley.” For more information about the WCVA, visit tualatinvalley.org.
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