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drosen
03-06-2011, 06:09 PM
Anyone here know how often the Bank-Vernonia Trail is cleared of debris? I went up there yesterday and had to turn around less than halfway from Banks because there were trees blocking the trail, to the point where I couldn't get past it. It's a great trail and I'm eager to do the entire thing.

DR

Simple Nature
03-06-2011, 06:58 PM
Maybe a notification to the park and rec peeps. Let them know there is "a hazard on the trail" and give them a location. They will get to it right away :)

pdXO-2
03-08-2011, 10:26 AM
3/7/11, Rode on the trail from a spot just west of Banks. The bulk of the trees were removed, sawdust from chainsaws and all. A lot of branches on the path though but not impassable. Made it up to Stubbs Steward park but the snow got too deep the other side of the park. It was single track in the snow for about a half mile prior to the park (on the east side). Not a single person on the path.

ong
04-03-2011, 04:05 PM
Has anyone figured out a decent way to get to the trail from Portland? I'd love to take mass transit to within a few miles of the trailhead, and ride up to Stub, but Tri-Met just doesn't get me close enough. Any thoughts? I know the Tillamook line runs through Banks, but it runs so infrequently, it seems like if you miss the bus, you're kinda screwed.

Simple Nature
04-03-2011, 05:32 PM
It would be great if there was a direct shot to Banks, but there's not. US26 seems to be the only straight shot. As for transit, I don't know of anything that would help get you north of Hillsboro, Cornelius/Forest Grove. Hwy 47 on a bike is pretty nerve racking near Banks.

bobcycle
04-03-2011, 05:57 PM
I have taken MAX to last stop in Hillsboro then biked from there. I think its about 15 miles to Banks, but within 1 mile of leaving Max you are on some very rural low travel roads. Most of the route is on quiet roads, some are packed gravel back roads with no cars. I have done it a few times and always enjoyed the ride. I can't remember the whole route but you do go thru "downtown" Roy. I could map the route if that would be helpful.

dmc
04-03-2011, 06:33 PM
I am also interested in this route.

Perhaps bobcycle is talking about a route close to the Northeast path of the following loop: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Hillsboro-Max-Banks-Vernonia-trail-Grand-Lodge-forest-Grove ?

drosen
04-03-2011, 08:55 PM
I am also interested in this route.

Perhaps bobcycle is talking about a route close to the Northeast path of the following loop: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Hillsboro-Max-Banks-Vernonia-trail-Grand-Lodge-forest-Grove ?

DMC, good route. A rider could also go from Wilkesboro and turn onto Aerts Road, which crosses Highway 6. Take Aerts Road to Banks Road (it's a T), turn west. You'll go up and down a couple of small hills and when you get to Banks you'll be right at the beginning of the trail.

DR

Simple Nature
04-03-2011, 09:27 PM
That route on the right hand side is similar to the one I took. It is a nice ride. I went across hwy 6 to avoid the little 47 trek but ended up climbing a bit around the golf course and dropping down right at the trailhead along Banks Rd.

From the last stop at Max
Head West on Main 3 blocks and follow the route sheet: Connell goes to the right off of Main
11. Turn right at NW Connell Ave
0.8 mi
12. Continue onto NW Hornecker Rd
2.3 mi
13. Turn right at NW Susbauer Rd
1.0 mi
14. Take the 1st left onto NW Wren Rd
0.9 mi
15. Turn right at NW Cornelius Schefflin Rd
0.4 mi
16. Take the 2nd left onto NW Roy Rd
0.9 mi
17. Turn left to stay on NW Roy Rd
2.0 mi
18. Turn left at NW Wilkesboro Rd
1.3 mi
19. Turn right at NW Aerts Rd
1.0 mi
20. Turn left at NW Banks Rd
0.9 mi
21. Turn right at NW Sellers Rd
92 ft

I get 12 miles from downtown Hillsboro. It's 16 from my house.

lynnef
04-03-2011, 09:38 PM
If you don't want to turn on Aerts Rd (BIG rollers :) ), continue on to Hwy 47 and turn right. Really, no biggie. I ride through there quite often.

bobcycle
04-04-2011, 07:41 AM
The mentioned routes are basically the way I go. I agree with LynneF it is pretty easy to just stay on Wilkesboro until it hits 47. Although one time I did turn on Aerts then left on Washington then followed a dirt path across a field then carried my bike over 2 sets of railroad tracks and ended up in a Banks housing development with a bike trail past the school and local roads out to 47 very near the Banks-Vernonia trailhead, but I only recommend that to very adventurous folks.:) Other roads to consider are Susbauer to either Kerkman (very low traffic) or Milne (gravel road) to Harrington to Wilkesboro. And instead of taking Leisty to Wren try the Bagley road loop that goes past the airport. Some of the houses adjacent to the airport have airplane hangars! I think all routes include short rides on busy roads with shoulders but I can't remember anything unpleasant about the ride at all. Also I can recommend a very good sandwhich/coffee shop in Banks on the west side of Main Street, Banks Trail Cafe. All routes, the cafe and even the dirt path I followed are easily tracked on Google maps.

Simple Nature
04-04-2011, 10:51 AM
I did the Bagley route... it turns to gravel. On a recumbent, this is very uncomfortable.

And I do agree, the short 47 trek under hwy 6 and through town is quite easy. I left Banks via the longer route along 47 south, and that was hair raising.
I did enjoy the Banks Rd. route though. Certainly worth a one time view.

Bank Rd.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_HV4s5YnSv4M/TZoGN9KQ3gI/AAAAAAAADzo/AUKDmhi2w1U/s640/DSCN2002.JPG

jeff
04-04-2011, 11:13 AM
dmc, here's the route from the City website - I think it's the same as the one shown on Bikely, but the map's easier to follow, with cues:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=36638&a=301633
(see route 1, map 1)

dmc
04-04-2011, 03:17 PM
dmc, here's the route from the City website - I think it's the same as the one shown on Bikely, but the map's easier to follow, with cues:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=36638&a=301633
(see route 1, map 1)

Excellent Jeff. Ty sir.

Simple Nature
04-23-2011, 10:53 PM
Today was my 3rd trip to the Banks-Vernonia trail. Made it to the Buxton trailhead where the trestle is (6.5 miles in from the Banks trailhead). This is the view from the equestrian trail:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_HV4s5YnSv4M/TbO3ctZGhQI/AAAAAAAAD7o/hLyJmOIxa5U/s800/DSCN3285.JPG

I saw a lot of bikes on the trail today... did I see any of you?
I was on the yellow 3-wheel'd low-rider.

lynnef
04-24-2011, 11:25 AM
I am pretty sure you saw me. I thought that might be you.

The Banks-Vernonia trail is COMPLETELY paved from Banks to Vernonia. I hadn't ridden it since before the washouts years ago, and had difficulty recognizing once-familiar landmarks! I used to ride it when it was not paved (I could pretend I was doing real mountain biking :) ), and have vivid memories of the baby-head-sized rocks on the north side of Tophill.

drosen
06-24-2011, 09:30 AM
I wanted to ride the trail yesterday, only to find the trail blocked at mile 5. Beware of this if you intend to go up that way this weekend. I don't know how long it's going to be out, and the state's site on the trail doesn't let you know.

DaveT
06-28-2011, 08:58 AM
There is a closure notice on the State Parks web page now:

"June 16, 2011 Note: The trail is closed between the Manning and Buxton trailheads at milepoint 5.5 (0.4 miles north of Pongratz Road) through June 30. Work is under way to repair a culvert 30 feet beneath the trail surface, and to repair a landslide. All trailheads remain open. "