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|| My husband and I love traveling in other
countries by motorcycle. In 2009, we moved from Germany to
the Portland, Oregon area (my
husband is German, I'm from the USA), and since the
USA has such a ridiculously-tiny vacation time culture, we
decided to start treating our spare time here as a mission
to map the best short motorcycle day trips around PDX.
These suggested motorcycle routes are for people who
live in the Portland or Salem area of Oregon and want a
nice day trip - scenic and winding roads - but these
routes are also for motorcycle riders who are visiting
the Portland area, or elsewhere in Oregon, as part of a
Too many motorcycle travelers think the only way to go
through Oregon is via the coast. The coast is nice, but
to be honest, after about an hour, you've seen it, and
the traffic and stop lights can take all the fun out of
the ride. The interior of Oregon has gorgeous routes for
motorcycle riding - beautiful vistas and twisting roads!
These routes are all scenic, have enough curves to be
interesting, are mostly paved (if they aren't I note so
in the description), and either pass through or end in
places where there are food options and at least one gas
station (or ends reasonably near such).
These suggested routes will take you on many winding
roads by historic sites, several villages and small
towns, and some ferry crossings.
Astoria is a nice day trip, as is the route around Mt.
Hood and Detroit Lake, and very easy to map out yourself -
though I prefer all of the above to those, probably
because there's less traffic and more twisting roads.
- To Tillamook and back, through the cities of
Yamhill and Carlton, then along
the Nestucca River in the Siuslaw National
Forest. You can go all the way to Tillamook and the
Oregon Coast, or, you can make a left at Bible Creek
Road and then via Willamina
Creek Road (and have lunch in Willamina) and on
back to the PDX area, making it at least a 168 mile
loop altogether. OR, you can go up Bible Creek Road
from Nestucca and then make a left onto NW Bald
Mountain Access Road, stopping at Sheridan Peak
Overlook (there's a pit toilet there). It's all paved
except for just two miles on Nestucca - and I've done
it on a cruiser street bike, not just a dual sport, so
don't let those two miles stop you from this awesome
route. These are my favorite local roads for
motorcycle touring - scenic, twisty, and not a lot of
- Willamette River
Motorcycle Route, a two-three hour trip South of
- New Era through
Beavercreek to Mollala, a 30-40 minute
motorcycle ride South of Portland, Oregon.
- Canby, Mulino,
Mt. Angel & Silverton, a 90-minute or more
motorcycle ride South of Portland, Oregon (depends on
how often you stop). Probably the most popular
motorcycle day trip from Portland. Make it even longer
and go all the way to Salem.
- Birkenfeld, a
day-long motorcycle ride West of Portland, Oregon.
Make it even longer and go all the way to Astoria, or
combine it with other trips on this page.
- Twisties to
Vernonia & some gravel: Forest Grove to
Vernonia to Scappoose to North Plains & back to
Forest Grove (Oregon) - 96 miles, including 16 miles
of very twisty gravel. Route is easily shortened.
Perfect road for practicing your gravel skills.
- From Highway 30, turn South onto Old Rainier Road /
Old US Highway 30. In less than two miles, you will
make a nasty uphill hairpin turn to go up Apiary Road.
This gets you back to 47 at a point a few miles north
- Tillamook State Forest in Oregon, from Cochran Road
and the town of Timber. It's a wonderful loop inside
the forest - easy in terms of road conditions, as long
as it's dry and hasn't been raining too much
previously (packed gravel and dirt, very gentle
inclines) but not in terms of staying to the main
gravel roads - things aren't marked very well. No OHV
permit required if you stay on the main gravel roads.
- Columbia Gorge
Motorcycle Route on WA-14 & Historic
Columbia River Highway To Maryhill (Stonehenge) &
back, 200+ miles
A route I still haven't mapped is to various
Oregon Covered bridges.
I also haven't mapped out a very decent, short route
around St. Paul - will have to go into my archives to find
Of course, there's even more possibilities, if you include
forest roads, but I'm still a novice when it comes to dirt
and gravel. Also, if you do choose forest roads, remember
that some trails require an OHV permit.
Your suggestions for additional routes would be welcomed