This four mile trail can be windy at times, but it is a beautiful, convenient and family-friendly trail that runs right along the Columbia River from the Broughton Beach boat ramp out to I-205.
You can park at the boat ramp or enter the trail behind Pacific Power Boats at Northeast 33rd and Marine Drive. You'll see the entrance under the Northeast 33rd overpass about 20 yards down the street. Get on the trail away from the traffic and make up time as you speed toward Broughton Beach, where you'll cross Marine Drive. Here the trail parallels the Columbia River only feet from the waterline and seemingly miles from busy Marine Drive.
Hikers and riders won't feel rushed because the trail is wide and accommodating. Seasoned riders may enjoy riding on Marine Drive all the way to Troutdale. Adventuresome riders can opt to ride the I-205 spur over the Glenn Jackson Bridge (it has its own dedicated trail in the middle of the span) into Washington, and be comforted to know the ride back to Oregon is downhill all the way.
There is a short gap between I-205 and Northeast 122nd where hikers and riders must pedal on Marine Drive. But at 122nd, the loop draws riders in again for a secluded trail almost all the way to Blue Lake Park, a distance of another four miles one way.