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Bike ride around Hagg Lake/Run in Forest Park April 11, 2010

Posted by stacyb17 in Excursions.
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Since the weather was so lovely this weekend, I spent a lot of time outside. Yesterday some friends and I took our bikes out to Forest Grove to ride around Hagg Lake. I had heard a lot about Hagg Lake, but had yet to go myself. I know there are some popular events held there like a trail run and triathlon. Yesterday was the perfect day to check it out.

We met at the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge and started the ride from there. We took back roads instead of riding on scary Highway 47 and went by Montinore Winery. Then we took Old Highway 47 past Plum Hill (good route for wine tasting, but we didn’t this weekend because everywhere was crowded due to the Willamette Valley Wine Trail) and down to Hagg Lake. The ride was pretty hilly throughout but the biggest, most evil hill on the ride was just past the entrance gates to Hagg Lake (bikes do not have to pay- FYI). It was about a half mile steady climb. I am so glad we decided to hit that at the beginning of the loop instead of at the end. None of the other hills compared.

Hagg Lake is lovely. You don’t get to see much of it for the first 4 miles or so of the loop, but the second half gives constant views. There was some traffic on the road, but it wasn’t too bad. The end of the lake loop takes you over the dam which is flat and wide open to take in the lake as you ride. I am totally going to go back and do the ride again.

The route we took put us at almost exactly 30 miles. Ending at the Grand Lodge was a great excuse to partake in happy hour food and beer (3 PM-6 PM, even on the weekend) after we finished. What a great Portland area day!

Today I decided to keep up my active weekend motif and went for a run in Forest Park. There is a free running group that meets every Sunday at the park entrance at the end of Thurman Street at 11 AM. It is a very relaxed group and everyone runs at whatever pace is comfortable and for as long as they want. I like the trail because all of the uphill is taken care of first and then you can coast downhill on the way back. This week I did 6 miles. I’ll be adding to that soon as I am planning to run the Helvetia Half Marathon in June.

Time to get back out and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Tonight plan is Alameda Brewhouse. Coming up this week is a skeeball tournament at East Burn and an MS fundraiser at Fire on the Mountain. Good times in PDX!

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