Bikes and Brews
Three-Day Itinerary for Cyclists and Beer Lovers
Start your Tualatin Valley adventure with a ride on the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, a 50-mile (80km) designated cycling route for intermediate and advanced peddlers. The first 30 miles (48km) will take you along picturesque, rural roads through the Tualatin Valley’s pristine farmlands.
About midway through the ride, stop at the Hop Cycle Brewing Company for a bite and a beer before heading on to the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. This 21-mile (one-way), car-free pathway traverses through forests, over trestles and near springs.
After the ride, head to downtown Forest Grove to enjoy a meal and a beer at Ridgewalker Brewing. The menu is chock-full of hearty entrees, and it also features 34 taps of wine, beer and cider from around the region, including several beers from Ridgewalker’s on-site brewery.
Stay overnight in Forest Grove
The day begins with an invigorating ride along the Hagg Lake Loop at Scoggins Valley Park. This 10.4-mile ride loops around Henry Hagg Lake and provides a scenic, rural ride with minor (<500-feet) elevation changes.
After the ride, stop by SakéOne, the first American owned-and-operated, large production saké brewery (and the only one in the state).
For lunch, journey to McMenamins Grand Lodge and have a burger and brew at the Ironwork Grill. McMenamins is one of Oregon’s top breweries, where you can enjoy a Captain Neon burger with a Terminator Stout, the perfect pairing. Relax your aching muscles with a soak in the hotel’s soaking pool. For even more relaxation, book a massage at Ruby’s Spa & Salon. Indulge in a deep tissue massage or hot stone massage.
Enjoy a night out in downtown Forest Grove with dinner at Bites Restaurant. The eclectic Asian fusion menu creates unexpected tastes that are pleasing to every palate.
Next, sample the brews at Waltz Brewing. This home-grown brewery produces high-quality brews, ranging from hoppy IPAs to well-balanced stouts and porters.
Put the bikes in the back and drive over to the city of Tualatin to ride along the Tualatin River Greenway Trail. Starting at the Durham City Park trailhead, this 6.7-mile urban trail connects a network of parks and greenspaces along the Tualatin River. The newest part of the trail—located behind the Tualatin Public Library—features interpretive signage about the Ice Age and Missoula Floods that impacted the area.
After the ride, head over to Stickmen Brewing Company Tualatin Beer Hall for a pint and wood-fired pizzas made on-site. Stickmen brews a variety of beers including sours and experimental brews.
Next, travel to Ancestry Brewing, also in the city of Tualatin, and sample their brews, which they craft in their “Three Pillars” of beer styles: American, English and Belgian.
Reminder: Please be responsible; don’t drink and ride.
Bike Travel Weekend returns May 31-June 2, 2019! As one of the best cycling destinations in Oregon, Tualatin Valley is the perfect place to spend Bike Travel Weekend!
The Tualatin Valley boasts many miles of bike paths, allowing for an exciting and invigorating day, weekend or week of discovery. From urban trails connecting cities, to rural paths in the forest, there is no shortage of places to take the road less traveled.
Intermediate and advanced pedal-happy visitors can spend a full day on the 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic bikeway, uncovering it all while also getting a stellar workout.