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lazlo 08-19-2009 02:32 PM

Banks to Vernonia trail
Anyone know the condition of the Banks to Vernonia trail? I heard there is a 3-4 mile section that is unpaved, but I'm curious as to the condition. My wife and I are considering joining a ride on our tandem, but the leader recommends mtb and I'm wondering if that's really necessary.

Axel 08-19-2009 03:01 PM

Last rode the BV trail from Vernonia to Banks a couple of months ago. The trail was in fine shape and completely rideable from start to finish on a cyclocross bike with 32c tires. A great trip!

I would not advise doing the full trail on a tandem. There is a section of deep gravel doubletrack that is a couple of miles long, along with with some steep, mildly technical rocky descents near the Tophill trailhead off of Highway 47. I walked my bike down this section, since I didn't feel like risking a fall so far from home.
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lazlo 08-19-2009 03:47 PM

Exactly the feedback I just got from someone else. Thanks for the response.

bikieboy 08-20-2009 03:58 PM

B-V trail map
Laz, there's also a pretty useful Banks-Vernonia trail map/brochure:


lazlo 08-21-2009 01:51 PM

Cool, thanks for the link.

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