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New huts make off-road, family-friendly Mt. Hood bike adventure possible

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Your hut awaits.
(Photos: Cascade Huts)

Mountain biking on Mt. Hood isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a family-friendly summer bike adventure; but that might change thanks to Cascade Huts.

Since their launch five years ago, the founders of Cascade Huts — James Koski (yes that James Koski) and Don Bain — have attracted quite a bit of media attention. Earlier this month, Outside Magazine named Cascade Huts the 2nd best hut-to-hut mountain biking system in America.

And now, in partnership with the US Forest Service, the company has announced the addition of two new huts that are set to open for riders this summer. The new huts are in the Surveyor's Ridge area to the east of Mt. Hood. (more...)

Video of new Ventura Park pump track in action

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Still from video of Ventura Park
pump track in action.
- Watch it below -

The new pump track at Ventura Park in East Portland is well on its way to being completed and we've got video proof of how awesome it is.

Since volunteers began slinging shovels and dirt last month, the track has taken shape nicely. The Northwest Trail Alliance is managing the build operation, under an official partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.
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City's first pump track taking shape: Lend your hands Friday

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Berm taking shape at Ventura Park Pump Track.
(Photos: Tom Archer)

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Dirt delivered, work set to begin on Portland's first pump track

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Fresh dirt and a new sign signal that a new pump track is coming soon in Ventura Park.
(Photo: Tom Archer/NW Trail Alliance)

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At Eichler Park in Beaverton, a BMX/pump track is reborn (Photos)

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Eric Carter rides in the newly
rebuilt Eichler Bike Park.
(All photos © Tim Zimmerman)

The non-profit Northwest Trail Alliance has wrapped up work on their major renovation to the bike park in Eichler Park near downtown Beaverton (13710 SW Farmington Road).

The new design features three different "jump lines" suitable for all skill levels as well as a small pump track where riders flow through a series of whoops and berms to build momentum. The park was specifically designed for both 20-inch (kids/BMX) and 26-inch (MTB) wheeled bikes.
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New signs clarify "No Bicycles Please" on Mt. Tabor trail

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
A new sign greets visitors to the
Green Trail in Mt. Tabor Park.
(Photo: Harrison Fishback)

About a week ago, new signs appeared on a popular dirt trail in Mt. Tabor Park that read, "No Bicycles Please."

The new signs are on what's known as the 'Green Trail' in the northern section of the park. The trail connects via Salmon Street and goes around the playground and amphitheater.

We heard about the signs from readers and we were also pointed to a thread in the MTBR.com forums about the issue. In a city like Portland, where singletrack is rare, any narrow dirt trails accessible to bikes are coveted. On the MTBR forums there was disappointment at the signs and confusion over whether or not they were legitimate.

Turns out they are. (more...)

New shuttle service caters to singletrack lovers

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

For many singletrack lovers in Portland, the lack of local riding opportunities is a constant bummer. (That's why we saw so much community support for more singletrack in Forest Park.) For really good trails, you've got to hop in a car and drive a minimum of about 45 minutes — or you can use the newly launched Portland Singletrack Shuttle.

With the tagline, "You want sweet, sweet singletrack. We make it happen," the folks behind the Singletrack Shuttle have made it their business to connect riders with trails. (more...)

Portland's first-ever pump track gets official green light

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Portland Parks & Recreation has given local off-road biking advocates official word that the Ventura Park Pump Track project will move forward. The project will be Portland's first official pump track and it will be managed in a partnership between Portland Parks Bureau and local non-profit group, the Northwest Trail Alliance. (more...)

Off-road bike trails figure into new property acquired by Parks Bureau

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
River View Forest will soon be
owned by the City.
(Photo: City of Portland)

Calling it the "largest land acquisition in recent decades," two City bureaus (Parks and Environmental Services) teamed up with Metro to purchase 146 acres of natural area known as the "River View Forest" in Southwest Portland. The $11.25 million deal was announced Monday and was approved by City Council yesterday.

The privately owned land, which is adjacent to and south of River View Cemetery off of SW Macadam Ave, is currently home to a large network of unofficial bike trails that have been ridden for many years. Once the City of Portland becomes the official land-owner (which should be finalized later this summer), what does the future hold for mountain bike access? (more...)

'The Lumberyard' will be Portland's first indoor MTB park

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Concept drawing of The Lumberyard. See more images below.

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