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Until Sunday, I have only ridden up German Town Road and I have to say...Wow, what an excellent decent. Loved the fresh pavement and smooth transitions into the corners.
 

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OldHouseMan said:
Until Sunday, I have only ridden up German Town Road and I have to say...Wow, what an excellent decent. Loved the fresh pavement and smooth transitions into the corners.
I like to descend the west side of Germantown Rd., then climb Old Germantown Rd. back up to Skyline. This makes for a good descent with traffic and a good climb with little traffic back up to Skyline.
 

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Until Sunday, I have only ridden up German Town Road and I have to say...Wow, what an excellent decent. Loved the fresh pavement and smooth transitions into the corners.

I know, cars, and, the safety of the neighborhood, but they gotta knock if off with the speed bumps coming down from the west hills...
 

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I know, cars, and, the safety of the neighborhood, but they gotta knock if off with the speed bumps coming down from the west hills...
knock what off? those speed bumps certainly don't slow down a bike..

g-town from skyline to the 30 is probably my favorite descent in the area. however you couldn't pay me enough to climb that side unless it was closed to motor vehicles. i feel much safer coming down when i'm riding at or faster than the speed of cars (i've had people pull over and let me pass a few times on the way down).
 

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Yeah, I avoid climbing G-Town from 30. Way too many cars and blind curves. Rocky Pt was my favorite route up to Skyline until I learned about McNamee. For all out fast descents, I like Rocky Pt (despite the crappy surface) for it's lack of traffic.
 

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Yeah, I avoid climbing G-Town from 30. Way too many cars and blind curves. Rocky Pt was my favorite route up to Skyline until I learned about McNamee. For all out fast descents, I like Rocky Pt (despite the crappy surface) for it's lack of traffic.
climbing mcnamee involves too much riding on the 30 for my taste.. :cryin: not so bad if you are already up on skyline and descend newberry to get to mcnamee..
rocky pt is a fun descent but that one really tight switchback about halfway down always sneaks up on me and ruins the flow a little bit.. nothing like a little rear-wheel drift though! :)
 

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I live over in NE so I haven't been on many of these roads yet, but I'm moving in with my girlfriend soon who lives right near Skyline over by the zoo. I'll have to give these recommended routes a shot when I'm "in the neighborhood".

Any opinions on NW Logie Trail? Any other back-route road recommendations with little traffic are appreciated!
 

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Any opinions on NW Logie Trail? Any other back-route road recommendations with little traffic are appreciated!
the climb up logie trail from the west side (between helvetia and skyline) is beautiful and challenging with practically zero cars.
 

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the climb up logie trail from the west side (between helvetia and skyline) is beautiful and challenging with practically zero cars.
And the climb up Logie Trail from HWY 30 is probably the hardest climb in the west hills...it just keeps getting steeper the farther up the road you go :D
 

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I know it's not the same amount of climbing, and I don't mean to thread steal, but do you guys ever climb up and ride the loop around SW Fairmount on Council Crest?

It's pretty cool great views, and there are always a ton of cyclists.
 

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I know it's not the same amount of climbing, and I don't mean to thread steal, but do you guys ever climb up and ride the loop around SW Fairmount on Council Crest?

It's pretty cool great views, and there are always a ton of cyclists.
I've done it several times on group rides and it is a great little loop. When done in conjunction with other hills and routes it makes for a nice ride :D
 

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I've done it several times on group rides and it is a great little loop. When done in conjunction with other hills and routes it makes for a nice ride :D
Yeah, that's another one I've wanted to do for awhile as well. I meant to do it earlier this summer, but by the time I got off work, changed, got on my bike and got myself up to 23rd ave so I could go up Vista, it was getting late and there was a LOT of traffic out. I didn't want to be chugging up hills at 8 MPH with a bunch of impatient cars. :D

I think I'll make it a Sunday morning ride on a dry day soon.
 

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And the climb up Logie Trail from HWY 30 is probably the hardest climb in the west hills...it just keeps getting steeper the farther up the road you go :D
Yeah as an "Eastsider" I was a little confused by the two roads with the same name... I'll stay away from going up the one by HWY 30, heh.
 

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i usually go up to council crest by way of terwilliger... at about the high point (across from the restaurant w/the big totem pole) there is a small road called westwood that winds its way up to fairmount, you have to do a little zig-zagging to get up there, after fairmount i head up bertha to what i think is called beaverton road or something? that heads right up to council crest. it avoids having to deal with downtown very much....
 

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thumbprinter said:
i usually go up to council crest by way of terwilliger... at about the high point (across from the restaurant w/the big totem pole) there is a small road called westwood that winds its way up to fairmount, you have to do a little zig-zagging to get up there, after fairmount i head up bertha to what i think is called beaverton road or something? that heads right up to council crest. it avoids having to deal with downtown very much....
How steep is that route? Sounds like the same road that the Tour de Lab ride went up. I rode the shorter route that bypassed that climb. Sort of wished that I hadn't wimped out but I was concerned about my old 12 speed not having proper gearing, combined with my fatassery.
 

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it has a few steep (over 10%) sections but nothing sustained. the climb up terwilliger is very gentle, it gets a little harder after that but for the most part isn't any more difficult than just about any other route up from the east side of the hills. the section on fairmount is one my favorite little bits of riding in town.

i found the basic route here: http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/?p=269
 

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The best way to get up to Council Crest is via OHSU..hehe. Just ride up to Terwilliger and go up Campus Dr. past Casey eye (around 9-11%) and wind yourself around the corner and ride past the tram tower all the way up to Sam Jackson. Then take a left and keep going until you pass the Plaid pantry where the road becomes SW Gibbs, you have about 8-9% grade here and it bumps up to about 11-12% near the top before you hit Fairmount. Now take a left onto Fairmount and wind around the false flat (about 2-3%) until you hit Bertha Ave. which is a little side street on the right that is ultra steep (kicks up to 16%) just stay right and it dumps you onto Council Crest Dr. and just hang a left and take it all the way up.

I commute to OHSU so I know these climbs like the back of my hand.
 

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OK, so I just moved over to my new place off of Sylvan... these hills are going to eat me alive. :)

At my old place in NE, I had to actively look for hills, so I started doing Mt. Tabor on most every solo ride. Now all I have are "Mt. Tabors" to ride.

I suffer pretty badly on climbs, but at least it'll make me stronger, hopefully more quickly!
 

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The best way to get up to Council Crest is via OHSU..hehe. Just ride up to Terwilliger and go up Campus Dr. past Casey eye (around 9-11%) and wind yourself around the corner and ride past the tram tower all the way up to Sam Jackson. Then take a left and keep going until you pass the Plaid pantry where the road becomes SW Gibbs, you have about 8-9% grade here and it bumps up to about 11-12% near the top before you hit Fairmount. Now take a left onto Fairmount and wind around the false flat (about 2-3%) until you hit Bertha Ave. which is a little side street on the right that is ultra steep (kicks up to 16%) just stay right and it dumps you onto Council Crest Dr. and just hang a left and take it all the way up.

I commute to OHSU so I know these climbs like the back of my hand.
thanks for the alternate route to fairmount - i'll check it out next time i'm over that way.

p.s. - no doubt 'best way' is subjective. from what you describe i will probably 'enjoy' the challenge. :D here's a different idea for you - instead of taking bertha continue on fairmount to go up himes, then left on beaverton ave (i was confused about street names in my previous post but i just checked a map) which will take you to council crest. this was is just about as steep as bertha but maybe a little longer?
 

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thanks for the alternate route to fairmount - i'll check it out next time i'm over that way.

p.s. - no doubt 'best way' is subjective. from what you describe i will probably 'enjoy' the challenge. :D here's a different idea for you - instead of taking bertha continue on fairmount to go up himes, then left on beaverton ave (i was confused about street names in my previous post but i just checked a map) which will take you to council crest. this was is just about as steep as bertha but maybe a little longer?
Cool, I'll check it out the next time I'm up there!
 
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