A quick overview for those who don't know: Stub Stewart State Park is ~30 miles west of Portland, it is located on the Banks-Vernonia state trail (a beautiful paved trail btw) and has ~15 miles of multi-use, natural surface trails (equestrian, biking, and hiking).
The park badly wants some high quality mtb trails, and has designated a section of property for bike use only- no hikers and no horses. W.T.F. is currently involved in building a freeride section (you may have seen a segment on KGW news about this recently- LINK ), while NWTA is heading up the XC build.
For the XC side we have a 5-6 mile route planned out, which if built correctly can be used in both directions, or you could use the other multi-use trails to make a loop. This project broke ground 2 years ago, but at this point only about 2.5 miles have been completed! Two reasons: 1) low volunteer turnout 2) some very steep and difficult terrain, which has required a lot of scouting, planning, and digging (and the park will not settle for mediocre, they want it built right- a few sections have had to be redesigned). Problem 2 is almost solved as we have most of the steep climb/descents built, while the rest will follow the top of a ridgeline where building should go fast (and provide some fantastic views!). Problem 1 is only partially solved: a second trail steward has stepped up to help design trail and lead work crews, a volunteer group of 2-4 guys has committed to put in 1 full day's work every week until spring, and we now have some use of the ST240 machine.
The plan is to have this trail completed in time for next summer, so we can build across that ridgeline as fast as possible, or we add in some extra mileage and fun challenges, it all depends on how many volunteers turn out. For those who are doing illegal building at Scappoose, and for those who complain about how few options there are near Portland, this is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. The work and quality that goes into this trail now will directly reflect the quality of the ride next summer.
Work days are on the calendar for every 2nd Saturday of the month. Hopworks is sponsoring the work party this Saturday, so FREE BEER!! We do need to know roughly how many people are attending so we know how much beer and food to have on hand.
More details on Saturday's event (and carpooling info) HERE
More details of the trail project HERE
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