Your Favorite Northwestern Bike Rides

Idaho and Oregon offer some of the most spectacular settings for a long bike ride.

picture of a paved bike path in the Boise River Greenbelt
Ride 25 miles of paved paths in the Boise River Greenbelt. 
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Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, Plummer to Mullan, Idaho

“This trail should be on everyone’s bucket list,” Sally Kane says. “Learn railroad history and see wild moose on a scenic ride with lake and river views.” 

Boise River Greenbelt, Boise, Idaho

“Pedal 25 miles of paved path,” Mary Lou Kinney suggests, “to ride through riverside city parks with an abundance of wildlife.” 

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, Bend, Oregon

“Heading north from Elk Lake,” Patrick Wagner says, “you’ve got South Sister and Broken Top to the left and Devils Lake and Mount Bachelor to the right.” 

Crater Lake National Park Rim Drive, Crater Lake, Oregon

“The air is thin, the hills challenging, and the views spectacular,” Mark Poulin writes. “Far better on a bike than from a car.” 

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway, Sisters, Oregon

“Ride through ponderosa pines to a lava wonderland,” George Letchworth proposes. “Dee Wright Observatory has great mountain views, and the descent to the McKenzie River valley is quick and beautiful.” 

Portland Waterfront, Portland, Oregon

“We start on the OMSI side and ride over the Burnside Bridge,” Shelley Yonemura writes. “Then we stop at the Saturday Market for a sweet treat and musical fun and head back over the Morrison Bridge.” 

Row River Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon

"The paved trail goes nearly 16 miles, much of it along Dorena Lake,” Susan Kanich says. “Ride through Douglas firs to feel like you’re deep in the forest.” 


This article was first published in July 2015 and updated in March 2019.