crown zellerbach trail

Loggers, electeds, and riders come together to mark solid progress on Crown Z Trail

Avatar by on September 29th, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Ready to cut the ribbon.
Left to Right: Columbia County Facilities & Parks Director Casey Garrett, Mike Pihl Logging Inc. owner Mike Pihl, former Columbia County Commissioner and CZ Trail Advisory Committee Chair Tony Hyde, Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, CZ Advisory Committee member Dale Latham, County Commissioner Henry Heimuller.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Final piece of Crown Zellerbach Trail now in place

Avatar by on September 11th, 2020 at 3:22 pm

(Photo on the left is looking westbound toward Vernonia and Knott Street on final piece of Crown Z trail. On the right is view from Holce Trailhead looking east. Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

The Crown Zellerbach Trail is better than ever, especially for families

Avatar by on June 22nd, 2020 at 2:44 pm

The Crown Z is the crown jewel of Columbia County’s outdoor offerings.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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A loop for the gravel-curious: Gunners Lakes from Stub Stewart State Park

Avatar by on July 17th, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Bacona Road swoops along a ridge as it alternates between clearcuts and dense forests.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve sung the praises of Stub Stewart State Park on this site several times in the past. It’s not only a great bike-camping destination from Portland (a MAX ride will put you about 13 miles away from a carfree path that leads to the park entrance), it also makes a perfect base camp for miles of excellent roads and trails.
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New multi-county committee will focus on development of Crown-Zellerbach Trail

Avatar by on February 9th, 2018 at 1:00 pm

The press release from Columbia County below is related to a recent influx of funding and interest in making improvements to the Crown-Zellerbach Trail.

Columbia County creates new advisory committee; seeks members from neighboring cities and counties

Committee to focus on development of Crown-Zellerbach Trail
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Advocate’s memorial fund leads to $150,000 grant for the Crown Zellerbach Trail

Avatar by on January 11th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Vernonia Overnighter

A portion of the grant funds will pay for safety improvements where the trail crosses Scappoose-Vernonia Highway.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Great news for those who like to take the road less traveled: The Crown Zellerbach Trail, a former logging road that gives riders an off-highway option between Scappoose and Vernonia, has just won a $150,000 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.
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Trails, backroads and the charms of Vernonia

Avatar by on May 20th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

(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.
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