off road bicycling

A new era has begun: City of Portland officially opens first pump track

Monday, July 9th, 2012
Ventura Park Pump Track grand opening-19


NW Trail Alliance kicks off annual ‘Trailfest’ with Forest Park ride tonight

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Detail of event poster.

With summer weather finally looking like it’s here to stay, I can’t think of a better time to kick-off the Northwest Trail Alliance’s annual Trailfest mountain biking festival. This year’s theme is “Fun in every direction!”

Beginning this evening with a ride in Forest Park (meet at 5:30 pm in parking lot of Fat Tire Farm on NW 27th and Thurman), the Northwest Trail Alliance will host five days of rides and events. Trailfest is a way for the group to highlight local off-road riding opportunities, share what they’ve accomplished in the last year, and find more members and volunteers for their advocacy efforts. (more…)

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.

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)


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)


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.

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…)

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