Springwater Corridor, SE Portland, Bike Ride

Date: March 7, 2009
Distance: 17 miles
Elevation Gain: none
Time: 1:50
Difficulty: Easy
Weather: Cool and overcast
Maps: Springwater Corridor Map
My Route:
Started at the trail entrance on SE Ivon and 4th, followed the path until it detours through a Sellwood neighborhood, following the bike signs (Left on Spokane, Right on 7th, Left on Umatilla, Right on 19), then continued east on the Springwater trail to Luther St.
Turned around and returned as we'd come
Notes:
We got a late start on the day and wanted to find something to do outdoors in just a few hours. My bike has been gathering dust all winter, so a bike ride was overdue. We set out with no particular destination in mind, just a plan to ride for an hour or until we got too cold then turn back. Staring at the mile 0 trail head riding at a leisurely pace, we ended up turning around at Luther St, which is just a bit past the 8 mile marker.

The Springwater Corridor Trail is a flat paved trail running from the southeast waterfront all the way to Boring. Despite being in town, the trail has some nice views as it parallels the Willamette and near Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and even has a rural feel in some areas as it continues along Johnson Creek. There are several small parks along they way. It it used mostly by bikers, but you also see plenty of walkers, joggers and dogs. The whole trail is wheelchair accessible.

Bikes and hikes around the Springwater Corridor are easy to customise to any distance.

Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map
There are not restrooms or water immediately at the trail head, but there are some at the waterfront park nearby.
What I said about these trails before: Springwater Corridor Trips
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Springwater Coriddor Parks & Rec
40-mile Loop
TrailLink
Guidebooks:
Mountain Biking Oregon
Walking Portland
Rails-to-Trails Washington & Oregon (Great Rail-Trails Series.)

Have you been on this or a nearby trail? Please share your experience.

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