My partner and I have discovered a way to shave off a small section of 224 to bike on quiet streets and multi-use paths.
- Off 224, take SE River Mill Road west towards the river/River Mill Reservoir. (If you take River Mill Road east, you get to Eagle Creek Road, another way to bypass parts of 224 on the way to Estacada.)
- Go south on SE Kilowatt Lane. To get onto Kilowatt Lane, take a left at a sign that says River Mill Dam and go past the yellow gate. Don’t go down to the dam; there’s a locked gate down there.
- Instead, take a left onto the gravel path after the second yellow gate. The gravel path takes you into the pleasant Timber Park through the disc golf course.
- Follow the easy gravel path to a paved road. The paved road takes you to a spot called Estacada Portal.
- From Estacada Portal, get onto the paved multi-use path.
- The multi-use path goes behind the ranger station. You can also access this multi-use path by turning off 224 at the ranger station and going behind the ranger station at the north side. (The ranger station is a good place to get water if cyclists need refills. There’s a spigot out front.)
- The multi-use path meets up with a quiet neighborhood road called SW Lakeshore Drive that goes by the river. Much nicer views than the highway!
- Finally, go north on SW Beech Rd. You’re at the main drag of Estacada