Looking for a location close to downtown Portland for an afternoon or after-work ride? Leif Erikson Drive is just a few miles from Portland's downtown and provides a 22.6-mile there-and-back ride along a wide and maintained path.
Starting from NW Thurman Street just on the outskirts of the Historic Northwest District, the ride is scenic from the beginning. Houses with unique architecture line Thurman Street, which abruptly ends and leaves you surrounded by the lush Forest Park terrain. From here the path winds around steep hills while remaining wide and flat for the entire ride. On a clear day, you can look out through clearings along the trail to see Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood rising above the Portland skyline. For a rainy-day ride, the dense trees of Forest Park provide a bit of shelter from the elements.