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New trail opens at Sandy Ridge mountain bike area

Posted by on August 13th, 2010 at 10:36 am

Detail of new trail.s

The Sandy Ridge Trail System just gets better and better. The trail network, already a huge hit with off-road biking enthusiasts around the region (check out our coverage of it here), has just added a new bridge and a new section of trail.

According to the Northwest Trail Alliance, a temporary closure of the area ended on July 24th and is now re-opened “with some very welcome additions.” The new features include a bridge over Little Joe Creek and a brand new section of trail. A new, 2.25 mile loop has been added to the Three Thirty Eight trail and it includes a technical, rock drop section and a bypass for less experienced riders who’d rather avoid it.

New bridge over Joe Creek.
(Photo: Michael Whitesel)

The new bridge was built by the Bureau of Land Management to the tune of $60,000. The NW Trail Alliance says the bridge will help by “saving wear and tear on the streamside and keeping rider’s feet dry.”

With this new addition, Sandy Ridge now has 6.5 miles of trail. The BLM, working with NW Trail Alliance and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, continues to add trails and eventually plans to have a total of 16-18 miles of singletrack.

In addition to being an extremely popular destination for mountain bikers throughout the region (it’s about a 40 minute drive from Portland), Sandy Ridge will also play host to the Oregon Super D downhill racing series. The Sandy event is slated for September 5th. Contact Brandon Ontiveros at brandon[at]oregonsuperd[dot]com if you’d like to volunteer for the event.

You can download a PDF of the updated Sandy Ridge trail guide via the BLM website.

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  • Steve August 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Good to see this place progressing, the whole 16-18 miles can’t come soon enough. As it is right now (with only 6.5 miles), it hardly seems worth the drive unless you want to take a few laps of the same stuff. Not knocking the project–I think it’s fantastic– I’m just eager for it to be built to a reasonable length.

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  • Brian August 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    The new trail (338) is fantastic, thanks for the coverage Jonathan. Great technical climb with a bunch of table tops and hippers on the way down. This area keeps getting better and better, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to all who have contributed to the project with dollars and/or sweat. Please consider joining the Northwest Trail Alliance (nw-trail.org) so that projects like this can continue to happen.

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  • RWL1776 August 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    This former PUMP member would like to thank all of those former PUMP members, and other MTBers, who came out to the public input meeting 3+ years ago, and told the BLM “this is the plan we want”…..and now you’ve go it!

    Thank You to the NWTA for carrying on in the fine tradition of PUMP and expanding riding opportunities for MTBers in the PDX area.

    LONG LIVE PUMP!

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  • Logan August 16, 2010 at 11:30 am

    It’s so great to hear about mountain bike trail success stories like this. I hope that the cooperation between land managers and and the mountain bike community seen here can be used as a model in the future. Let’s build!

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  • DP August 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    “As it is right now (with only 6.5 miles), it hardly seems worth the drive unless you want to take a few laps of the same stuff.”

    Man, it is totally worth the drive, and I’ve got no problem riding multiple laps there. By the time you get to the bottom, I can’t wait to get back to the top and ride it again. It will be nice when there is more trail though, I agree.

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  • f5 August 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Anyone who says it isn’t worth the drive hasn’t been there.

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  • Bjorn August 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I have to say I think it is more than worth the drive. Also one thing to remember if you ride it all you also ride up 4+ miles on the road so even just riding everything once puts you over 11 miles.

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  • alan August 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I took the plunge yesterday and loved it, best track I have ever ridden. But I think the upper half is classified wrong. I don’t think it is intermediate, more on the advanced side and dangerous.

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