rocky point trail system

Discovering new off-road options at Rocky Point

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 24th, 2020 at 10:24 am

An hour ride from my backyard.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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84 volunteers built a half-mile of new MTB trail at Rocky Point on Saturday

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 10th, 2020 at 11:36 am

(All photos © Derrin Battles)

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Rocky Point Trail system is an exciting work in progress

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 9th, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Trail builders test the fruits of their labor at Rocky Point trail system about 20 miles north of downtown Portland.
(Photos: Jason Van Horn)

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Here’s how to start riding at the Rocky Point Recreation Area

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 7th, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Overhead look at the Rocky Point Recreation Area via Google Maps. Rocky Point Road is in upper right corner.

At the end of last month the Portland-based nonprofit Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) announced a groundbreaking partnership with Weyerhaeuser Company that opened up 3,100 acres of off-road riding just 14 miles from downtown. While still raw and relatively undeveloped, the Rocky Point Recreation Area is the best and most expansive place for mountain biking and gravel grinding that doesn’t require an hour-plus drive for Portland residents.

Since we posted our story at the end of July, NWTA’s lease has become effective and the group has released more information about how to access the area. In order to start riding and exploring out at Rocky Point, here’s what you need to know:
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NW Trail Alliance signs lease to manage 3,000-acre parcel north of Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 29th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Lease boundary map. Multnomah Channel and Sauvie Island are on the right.
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Portland-based nonprofit Northwest Trail Alliance has signed a lease agreement with Weyerhaeuser that allows them to manage nearly 3,000 acres of forested land between Highway 30 and Skyline Road just 15 miles north of Portland City Hall.

To put the size of the parcel into perspective, it’s roughly equivalent to a section of Forest Park between the Thurman gate in northwest Portland and the St. Johns Bridge.

This is literally and figuratively a very big deal.

Known as the Rocky Point parcel because it straddles Rocky Point Road, the land offers a trove of opportunities for both gravel and singletrack trail riding. The northern part of the property (about 20% of total land on the lease) is already a well-known spot for mountain biking with access via turnouts on Rocky Point Road; but the trails are informal, undeveloped — and due to forestry operations — access is often closed without warning.
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