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    Good paved trails in or around Beaverton Portland area?

    Hubby and I will be coming out in a few weeks (from FL) to visit our daughter and SIL. They will be working most of the time and don't ride. We mostly ride paved trails here in North Central FL. and we do some mountain biking (mainly double track in our wildlife preserves and forest areas.) We're not much on road riding especially here in this area. We do plan on maybe doing either a biking winery or brewery tour. I was wondering if any of you could recommend any paved scenic trails we might enjoy. Our typical ride is 15-20 miles. We've heard so many good things about the biking in this area and are looking forward to our trip. Thanks so much for any info.
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    Banks to Vernonia trail.

    Also: park under Sellwood Bridge and ride north to circle the downtown waterfront. (I'd plan this one for mid-week)

    There is a path along 26 that goes to the Zoo.

    And finally, I've heard about some new paths in the Tualatin Hills or Valley rec area.

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    Rock Creek trail in Hillsboro.

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    I second the Banks/Vernonia trail.

    A winery tour would require some road riding, but people around here are pretty considerate to cyclists. The Rubber to the Road site: http://www.rubbertotheroad.com/ might give you some pointers for a route. If that doesn't help, try the forums on BikePortland: http://bikeportland.org/ . Someone will probably have a route all planned out for you.
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    Thanks so much for all the info!! The Tualatin Hills area is very close to where our daughter and son-in-law live so that one might be an easy one to get to. We had heard that Oregon was alot more bike friendly than Florida so we're excited about maybe trying to do some road riding too. I'm off to check out some of the trails you recommended.

    Thanks again!
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    I will "third" the Banks-vernonia. Nice ride plus a scenic wooden trestle - and those are getting rare. I try to stop in each year on my way north in spring. There is a new state park and campground (s) in the middle of the trail - Stub Stewart.

    Go to Traillink.com and check out the offerings. Here is a link to Portland. There is a lot of nice riding there.

    <http://www.traillink.com/trailsearch.aspx?city=portland&state=OR>

    For a quickie tour of the river front on both sides in downtown, take a look at the Vera Katz. This can be linked to the Springwater on the Wilamette, which takes you to the Springwater Corridor

    <http://www.traillink.com/trail/vera-katz-eastbank-esplanade.aspx?gce=201304_2&utm_expid=5284793-5&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.traillink.com%2Ftrailsearch.aspx%3Fcity%3Dportland%26state%3DOR>

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    Here's a link that might be helpful:

    Rails to trails near Portland

    I hear there's some nice double track in Forest Park if you're bringing your mountain/cross bikes. I've never ridden them though.
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    I will fourth the Banks-Vernonia Trail. Out of any trail in the area, it can't be beat for its rustic scenery. But a note to the OP: there is a bit of a grade to the trail, as it's an old logging rail line that goes through the Oregon Coast Range. I think the grade tops out at 3%, which isn't a heck of a lot, but if you come from pretty much flat Florida, it might feel like a mountain. There are also a series of switchbacks at the Tophill Trailhead. They are there because the trestle is unusable. These switchbacks are pretty steep, like 10%. But that's just a small segment.

    Some impressions of the Banks-Vernonia Trail.



    If you want to go into Portland itself, the Springwater Corridor is a decent one. It stretches from downtown out to the town of Boring, about 20 miles total one-way.
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    Does anyone know if there is still a section of the Banks-Vernonia that is bark chips? Or is it all paved now? I last rode there on the day when that helicopter crashed on Mt. Hood trying to rescue some climbers, many years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
    Does anyone know if there is still a section of the Banks-Vernonia that is bark chips? Or is it all paved now? I last rode there on the day when that helicopter crashed on Mt. Hood trying to rescue some climbers, many years ago.
    I've ridden it from Banks to Vernonia and back for the last several years. Pavement all the way. Some of the older sections near Vernonia have tree roots pushing up the pavement, though.

    That helicopter crash was 11 years ago: http://www.kgw.com/video/archive/mt_...107148258.html
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    The Banks-Vernonia is clearly the top choice in the area, but if you want something in Beaverton for a quick outing, the Fanno Creek trail is OK. It's not nearly as scenic as Banks-Vernonia, but it's in town.

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    If you are willing to travel a little ways, I'll make one more suggestion: the Historic Highway from the trailhead east of Hood River through the Mosier Twin Tunnels. It's really a treat and a great excuse to see Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, catch some views of the Gorge, and grab a nice meal and glass of wine in Hood River.

    http://www.columbiariverimages.com/R...n_tunnels.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2FRylfNvw
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    Also be sure to stop by the Washington county visitor center and pick up the county bike map. Also Beaverton and Tigard both have bike maps indicating roads with bike lanes, but also low traffic residential routes.
    Here are some links:
    http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/bike_tigard/

    http://beavertonoregon.gov/index.aspx?nid=278

    http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transp.../article/71794

    http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/39402

    also depending on when you are here you could meet up for a pedalpalooza ride. Keep checking the site as many more rides will get added to the calendar.

    http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2013.php

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