Charming farmhouses, dense forests, sparkling streams and open fields await you within minutes of Forest Grove on well-paved, backcountry roads. In nearly every direction, a bicyclist will find scenic tours using Forest Grove as a hub. Flat rides and gentle upgrades make this the perfect destination for a Sunday outing with the family. Serious riders looking for training ground for their next Double Century will find killer hills guaranteed to burn those hamstrings.
Here are some of the favorite bike routes traveled by those of us who live in Forest Grove, for the most part, the routes feature lower-traffic roads. We picked these routes for you to enjoy because they are beautiful and provide a variety of training and recreation alternatives.
When you visit, take time to kick around Forest Grove before or after your ride. We have much to offer – museums, galleries, antique shops and historic homes to explore, award-winning wines to discover, live theater and music performances to enjoy, plus unique shops and good food. Of course, we hope you will support the local merchants.
To use Forest Grove as a jump-off point, you can park at two free downtown lots off of Pacific Avenue. One is south of Pacific, between Ash and Council Streets; the “A” Streets. Rogers Park at 17th Avenue and Douglas Street offers plenty of parking, as does Lincoln Par on Main Street at 26th Avenue.
A Pubic restroom is located in the City Library on Pacific Avenue between Birch and Ash.
Stop in at the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm to ask questions or for additional information. You will also find a friendly face and helping hand at Olson’s Bike and Repair Shop on the corner of 19th Avenue and Elm Street.
Rules of the Road
Bicyclists are considered vehicles by law and must follow the same traffic laws as cars. Please exercise care when crossing streets and railroad tracks.
It is unlawful to operate a bicycle in a manner likely to endanger a person or property.
Bicyclists must be as close to the right of the road as is practical, except when turning left. In general, ride single file.
Always wear a helmet.
Tree-named streets in Forest Grove are ordered alphabetically, with Ash starting right after Main Street at the center of town, then heading east with Birch, Cedar, Douglas, etc. Number streets run east and west. 19th Avenue is the main arterial parallel to Pacific Avenue. Higher numbers are on the north side of the city, lower numbers are south.
The Country Road Tour
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn right on Elm St. and cross 19th Ave. Go one block and turn left onto 18th Ave and ride East until you hit Maple St. Turn right (South) and cross Hwy. 47. The road name changes to Fern Hill Road and travels South past the Clean Water Services and the Fern Hill Wetlands, winter home to thousands of migratory birds. Once you cross the highway, you are immediately surrounded by farmland. Ride about 4 miles to the junction with Spring Hill Road, turn right and travel back towards town on Hwy 47. After a brief time on the highway, jog right onto Anderson Road, which goes through an old farming community. Stay on Anderson Road and cross the Hwy 47 Bypass. You will be on Old Hwy 47. Travel Northeast on this road , then turn right on Hwy 47/ B Street, which you’ll follow back into town. Turn right on 19th Avenue and follow to Elm Street.
Level, 8.5 miles. Rated “Easy” or “Beginner”
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn right on Elm St and cross 19th Ave. Go one block and turn East on 18th Ave. Turn right on Maple St, cross Hwy 47 and travel South. The road becomes Fernhill Road. Ride south on Fernhill Road about 4 miles and turn left at the intersection with Spring Hill Road. Follow Spring Hill to stop sign at Gaston Road. Turn right on Gaston Road and follow into downtown Gaston. Turn right on Hwy. 47 and follow to Elm St. Turn left on Elm and return to Olson’s Bicycles.
The Spring Hill-Wapato Loop
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn right on Elm St. and cross 19th Ave. Go one block and turn East on 18th Ave. Turn right on Maple St., cross Hwy. 47 and travel south. The road becomes Fernhill Road. Ride South on Fernhill about 4 miles and turn left at the intersection with Spring Hill Road. Follow Spring Hill south through East Gaston and past Laurelwood Road. and Flett Road., crossing the valley on your right. Turn right on Flett Road. over the low hill. Turn right again on Hwy 47. The highway has an excellent shoulder for riding single file. Pass through the town of Gaston and the turnoff to Hagg Lake. Continue on Hwy 47 to Elm St. Go left on Elm for 9 blocks and you’re back at Olson’s Bicycles. (Or at Elm St, you might turn right for a well-deserved sip of Sake at the Sake One tasting room).
Is mostly level, 23 miles long, and little more difficult than the Country Road Tour.
Spring Hill-Woodland Loop Ride
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn right on Elm St and cross 19th Ave. Go one block and turn East on 18th Ave. Turn right on Maple St, cross Hwy 47 and travel South.
The road becomes Fernhill Road. Ride south on Fernhill Road about 4 miles and turn left at the intersection with Spring Hill Road. Follow Spring Hill south through east Gaston and past Laurelwood Road and Flett Road. Continue straight on Spring Hill for ¾ mile. The next right turn is Laughlin Road. Turn right and follow until it ends at Hwy 240. Turn left and head East towards Newberg. After about a mile there is a road called Woodland Loop Road, turn left. Follow Woodland Loop Road up (around a 15 to 20 minute climb) and descend down the other side. You will come out at Laughlin Road. Turn right and head North back the way you came.
Long ride. Close to 35 miles. Mostly level with a few hills. Rated “Moderate”
Fern Hill-Johnson School Loop
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn right onto Elm St. Go one block to 18th Ave and turn left. Take 18th to Maple St. and turn right. Cross over Hwy 47 and the road changes to Fern Hill Road. Ride about 1 mile to Geiger Road. and turn left. Ride past the Fern Hill Wetlands on Geiger Road. to LaFollett Road and turn left. Follow around till it ends at Golf Course Road. Turn right on Golf Course Road and head South. Follow until you come to Forest Hills Golf Course. Turn left onto Tongue Lane. Just at the end of the golf course turn right on Johnson School Road. Follow Johnson School Road as it turns into Simpson Road. You will come to a stop sign at Hwy 219. Cross over onto Burkhalter Road. Follow it until it ends at Minter Bridge Road. Turn left and head North. When you come to a stop sign at the intersection of Minter Bridge Road & Grabel Road turn left onto Grabel Road and follow it back to Hwy. 219. Turn right on Hwy 219 and head north. The next road to the left will be Tongue Lane. Turn left onto Tongue Lane. Be careful, Hwy 219 traffic can be busy. Take Tongue Lane back to Forest Hills Golf Course and back track home.
Around 20 to 25 miles. Easy and flat.
The Hagg Lake Loop Ride
Is a “roller coaster” ride. Pick a sunny day, pack a lunch and a towel, and start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn left on Elm St and ride one block to Pacific Ave. Turn left and head west to the uptown area. Continue on Pacific until it turns to the right (the road changes to E St at this point) Take a left turn onto the continuation of Pacific Ave, this will put the school on your right. As you go down the hill, you’re on Ritchey Road. Turn left on Stringtown Road. Follow it to Dilley Road and turn right. Turn right again when Dilley intersects with Hwy 47. Stay on the right side of the road. (There is a wide shoulder) for 0.1 mile until making a right on Old Hwy 47. Turn right on Scoggins Valley Road. Maps of the lake are available at the entry booth. The loop around the lake is about 10 miles. Finish your loop by crossing the dam, and backtracking to Forest Grove via Scoggins Valley Road. and Hwy 47.
This ride is 28 miles long and rated “Difficult”
Lewis Loop Ride
Start at Olson’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn left onto Elm St and go 2 blocks to 21st Ave, turn right. Go to Hawthorne St and turn left. Go 2 blocks to 22nd Ave and turn right. Go till 22nd Ave ends and turn left on Oak St. Follow Oak to Hwy 47, cross over to Porter Road. Take Porter Road into Verboort. Cross Verboort Road onto Heesacker Road. Follow around to stop sign at Visitation Road. Turn left on Visitation Road. Follow Visitation Road for 1 mile then around a left hand turn (road changes to Osterman Road). Stop at Hwy. 47. Cross over onto Kemper Road. Take Kemper Road to Thatcher/Kansas City Road and turn right. Follow Kansas City Road past Greenville Road and head up Strohmayer Road. You will come to a right hand turn onto Stafford Road. Head down the hill to Hwy 6. Turn right onto Hwy 6 and head east towards Banks. Take the right hand exit to Banks. Turn left at the intersection and then left again onto Wilkesboro Road. When Wilkesboro turns to gravel, bear left across railroad tracks on paved road. Follow it to Roy Road on your right. Turn right and travel south into Roy. Pass over the railroad tracks and take the next right turn onto Greenville Road. Continue west across Hwy 47 towards Kansas City. At the stop sign (at the nursery) turn left onto Kansas City Road. Follow the same path home. Kansas City to Kemper, to Osterman, to Visitation Road, swing around Heesacker to Porter, Oak and back into town.
About 27 miles. Long ride with hills. Rated “Difficult”
Hillside Loop Ride
Start at Olsen’s Bicycles parking lot. Turn left onto Elm St., go 2 blocks to 21stAve turn right. Go to Hawthorne St and turn left. Go 2 blocks to 22nd Ave and turn right. Go till 22nd Ave ends and turns into Oak St. Follow Oak St to Hwy 47, cross over to Porter Road. Take Porter Road into Verboort. Cross Verboort Road onto Heesacker Road. Follow around to stop sign at Visitation Road. Turn left onto Visitation Road. Follow Visitation Road straight for a mile, then around a left turn (road changes to Osterman Road). You will come to a stop sign at Hwy 47. Cross over onto Kemper Road. Take Kemper Road to Thatcher Road/Kansas City Road and turn right. Follow Kansas City Road until you come to Clapshaw Hill Road on your left. Turn left and head west on Clapshaw Hill Road. Climb the gentle rise to the church and old cemetery. Turn left onto Hillside Road. Nice downhill!!! Follow the rolling hills of Hillside Road around until you come back to Kansas City Road. Turn right then a quick left onto Kemper Road and back track home.
The Hillside Loop has easy hills, is 18 miles long. Rated Moderate
About Forest Grove
If you would like more information about our community and the surrounding area, including where to sleep, where to eat and what there is to do here, contact us.
The Chamber is located between Elm and Douglas Streets on Pacific Avenue. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm weekdays. An outdoor Visitor Information Center provides information for weekend and evening visitors.