Dried out trails
Overgrown in places
I figured I’d start documenting the singletrack around Portland. Maybe I in the future I can show this to city leaders and show how far I’m driving to recreate. While I’m driving this far it gives me plenty of opportunity to support (buy food, fuel, and beer) the small towns that I drive through rather than spending my money in the PDX Metro area.
My goal for these rides it is to ride for at least as long as it took me to get to the trailhead, and ideally I’d like to spend more time on the trail than in the truck.
Shit, looking at my highlights and lowlights this was a really crappy ride, but in actuality the hightlights are all the reasons that I ride, and the lowlights are just minor annoyances.
Luckily I didn’t get a ticket for not having a Discover Pass, I didn’t realize that I needed one until I got to the trail head. Obviously the locals have their own ideas about the Discover Pass. I’ll have to get one eventually, I heard the ticket is about $100 even if you purchase a pass after the fact.
The trail is well bedded in it’s a little bit rocky and worn down to roots. It makes for some technical challenge going up and some nice little jumps on the way down. There were nice trail markings every .5 miles. I assume the markings go for the full 22 miles of the loop shown on the DNR map.
This ride starts out with a pretty stout climb right out of the gate. I started around noon on a sunny day, and the first 1/2 mile across a clear cut was pretty warm. Luckily the trail quickly jumps into the shade as it leaves the clearcut.
In the 5.5 miles of the trail that I rode the trail crosses a bunch of clear cuts. The clearcuts are nice in that they provide views, but it’s hot out in the exposed areas, the brush near the trail is more likely to be growing into the trail, and the trail surface is drier and looser. I’m not sure what the phenomenon is but the soils seem to get baked, and more likely to erode, and more likely to turn into a mucky mess as soon as it rains.
It was a great day to get out. Everyone (all 5 people) I ran into was very nice. Next time I’ll probably start nearer to Cold Creek to avoid driving a couple of miles of gravel road.
There are a lot more trails to explore in the area, so I’ll be back out here. I’ve heard rumor that there is a downhill trial being built in the area, I’d like to ride the whole 22 miles of the Tarbell loop, and there is a trail down Larch mountain nearby.
Thanks for reading my ramblings.