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    Questions from a Native

    Hey guys....Women, Im looking at moving back to 503 when my military time is over. I know that the Portland is bike friendly but is there extensive trails and Routes for both Roadies and MTBs?
    Ive been in Europe for 8 years and its changed alot....well except the do bad Govenor.

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    Roadies? Yes, lots of great riding

    Mountain? No.... nearest good trails are south of Hood River or in the Tillamook State Forest. Neither one is close to PDX

    Be careful what you wished for with Dudley Do-Wrong. A clear-cut is a terrible place to ride.

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    Portland is not only NOT friendly when it comes to mountain biking, the overall culture (even among the pro-pavement-biking crowd) is distinctly ANTI-mountain bike. The pro-bike culture here has grown enormously -- almost incomprehensibly -- in the last 8 years ... as long as those tires stay on the pavement. If you want to mountain bike on singletrack in Portland -- or anywhere in the metro area -- you're still just as SOL as you were 10, or 20, years ago.

    No new trails have been built in the metro area except for 1/3 of a mile of real singletrack (on firelane 5) in Forest Park. And otherwise there have been no changes to our access situation in Forest Park except that we just got formally told we're SOL for at least a few more years go come. There are still about 25 miles of gravel roads and firelanes in the park open to biking. Not exactly singletrack, but can be fun at night with good lights when it gets good and muddy. Assuming you're into that sort of thing.

    As long as you're willing to drive an hour, there are great opportunities, some of which are new since you left. Sandy Ridge, 15 miles east of the town of Sandy, is an AWESOME new trail system. TIllamook Forest has seen the development of the Wilson River Trail, Scappoose has been developed and there's the start of a trail system at Stub Stewart, a new state park (since you left) in the coast range about halfway between Banks and Vernonia. And of course there are tons of other trails within 1-2 hours' drive that were there when you left, and eagerly await your return. Unfortunately we have also had some losses: the Wyden Wilderness bill, which passed a little less than 2 years ago, took away quite a few trails on the Mount Hood National Forest, though mostly ones that were little used; the more popular trails on the east side of Hood (Knebal, Surveyors, etc) were saved and are still legal. We've also had some other minor losses as less-known trails in places like Oaks Bottom that used to fly under the radar got posted "no bikes" without notice.
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    IMO the only places that have "extensive" routes for both roadies and mtb's are Bend / C.O. and Oakridge, although of the two, there are more road routes in C.O.

    Welcome home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlickOne
    Hey guys....Women, Im looking at moving back to 503 when my military time is over. I know that the Portland is bike friendly but is there extensive trails and Routes for both Roadies and MTBs?
    Ive been in Europe for 8 years and its changed alot....well except the do bad Govenor.
    Don't let them scare you too much, though they speak truth. There is very little riding close to Portland.

    But then again I live 30-45 minutes SW of Portland, and I'm a little closer to riding. Bottom line, if you have the luxury of choosing exactly where you live, you can get closer to the riding by living N, E, or W of Portland proper.

    But if you want MTB riding right out your door, choose Oakridge or Bend, or maybe down south (Grants Pass, ...).

    The good news: if you are a bike messenger or a CX racer you are moving back to the mother load.
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