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The Ride: Unpaved fun on Banks backroads (photo gallery)

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Banks backroads loop-40
Great roads await in the hills surrounding the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Once you open yourself up to the possibility of riding unpaved roads, a whole new world awaits. That, to me, is one of the most exciting things about the “gravel riding” revolution. It’s like we just scored a bunch of new places to ride and it came without loss of blood or treasure.

The Ride: Columbia County’s Burn Road Loop traces pioneer history

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Burn Road Loop in Vernonia-5
Steeped in Oregon pioneer history and beloved by locals,
I cherished the chance to ride Burn Road.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is part of my coverage from a recent stay at the Coastal Mountain Sport Haus, an inn and lodge located in Vernonia that caters to bicycle riding guests.

After riding the Beaver Falls Loop for the first time on Saturday, I was already smitten with the riding possibilities in Columbia County. Then the next day, my hosts at the Coastal Mountain Sport Haus — Glen and Sandy Crinklaw — led me on another one of their favorite rides: The Burn Road Loop. (more…)

Planning starts on west-side path network’s missing link: Hillsboro to Banks

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Map from Metro showing proposed alignment of
Council Creek Regional Trail.

As the metro area’s rugged east side races to build its recreational bike network, the gentler, flatter west side is showing how persistence (and a steady stream of money) can pay off.

The farmland west and north of Hillsboro would get a 15-mile off-road paved path connecting the Hillsboro Central MAX station directly to the Banks-Vernonia Trail, making one of the region’s easiest bike-to-nature trips even easier, under a plan that’s starting to roll forward this month.


Trails, backroads and the charms of Vernonia

Monday, May 20th, 2013
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

One of the best things about bicycling in Portland isn’t even in Portland. It’s a small town called Vernonia. Situated a perfect day’s ride from Portland (about 50 miles, or less if you take MAX to HIllsboro), Vernonia is nestled in the woods at the end of about 20 miles of the smoothly paved Banks-Vernonia Trail.

This past weekend I packed up a few panniers and joined some friends for an overnight bike ride out to Vernonia. On the way out we rode through some great new trails and rural backroads through Washington County; and on the way back, we opted for logging roads and dirt trails that led us to Scappoose. Even under grey and wet skies all day Saturday, it was fantastic riding.

But what made this weekend so great wasn’t just the pedaling and the good company, it was the town of Vernonia itself. From the easy and comfortable camping at Anderson Park, to the hospitality of locals we experienced at Black Bear Coffee and the Cedar Side Inn.

Banks-Vernonia Trail gets ‘Project of the Year’ honors, continues to impress

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-31-31
Sign outside the trailhead in Banks.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Recent work to complete the Banks-Vernonia Trail continues to reap benefits for Washington County. It’s been one year since the 26 mile linear path was fully completed and it has quickly become a magnet that’s attracting both riders and official recognition.

Back in May, the trail won a top prize at Travel Portland’s 2011 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Awards. On Tuesday, Washington County announced that a portion of the trail completed last year has won Transportation Project of the Year honors from the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association. (more…)

Family bike camping: Portland to Stub Stewart State Park

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Our family flotilla riding the gorgeous farm roads on the outskirts of Hillsboro.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Banks-Vernonia Trail wins tourism industry award

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Tourism draw.
(Photo: Evan Ross/Portland Bicycle Tours)

Travel Portland has announced that the Banks-Vernonia Trail is a recipient of a 2011 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Award.

Travel Portland recognized the trail with a “President’s Award,” for, “creating a new opportunity for our visitors to experience the natural beauty that is so accessible from Portland.”

The trail is a 21-mile linear state park created on a former railroad line between Banks and Vernonia. As of last October, the entire length of the trail is complete and offers people the ability to roll or walk the entire route without worrying about motor vehicles. (more…)

Connection complete! Banks-Vernonia Trail finally lives up to its name

Friday, October 29th, 2010
After 20 years, you can finally ride the full length of the 21-mile Banks-Vernonia Trail completely off the highway through gorgeous scenes like this.
(Photos: Oregon Parks and Recreation)


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