Located just outside Portland, Sandy Ridge is the best option we have for a mt. bike adventure near the Portland urban core. Sandy Ridge was developed through a partnership between the International Mt. Biking Association and the Bureau of Land Management with mountains of support and work parties from NW Trail Alliance. The resulting project is a well-maintained and well-used trail system featuring varied terrain that people have quickly fallen in love with.
Sandy Ridge is a work in progress. Once finished, the system will contain more than 15 miles of singletrack trail and provide a variety of difficulty levels.
VOTE FOR SANDY
The Sandy Ridge Trail system is one of 12 areas being considered for a grant by Bell Helmets, and one of four in the downhill category. Sandy Ridge would use the funding to develop a 2.2-mile gravity trail with downhill-specific features. Organizers plan to hire disadvantaged youth from the area to help build the new features.
Bell is relying upon a public vote to determine the winners. You can vote for Sandy Ridge on Facebook. At press time, Sandy Ridge was close behind the #1 slot, Overflow Trail in Copper Harbor, Michigan. Voting ends April 12, 2013.
Sandy Ridge Trail is truly a special place where mt. bikers can immerse themselves in nature, without having to travel far outside the city. It’s not uncommon to see message board posts like this one: “There was a big ol mama bear hanging with her two cubs near the road between the two Hide and Seek entrance points. Be careful in this area, which is full of wild berries on both sides of the road. Also, be extra careful if you have dogs.”