The NWTA Rocky Point Recreation Area is a leased property owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company (a private timber company). The area is approximately 3,000 acres, has multiple points of access, and currently has a mixture of gravel roads and trails optimized for off-road cycling, but also open to walking. NWTA members in good standing have access to the area, and NWTA is actively engaged with Weyerhaeuser to develop the existing trail network into a more comprehensive system of interconnected trails. Over the coming years, we plan to expand the inventory of XC and DH trails in the area. A map of the boundary of the Rocky Point property can be seen at the bottom of this page.
If you are an NWTA member, this is your new local area to access nature on a bike. Go enjoy it. You can ride it twelve months of the year.
NWTA holds the lease effective August 1, 2019. Access to the leased property is available to NWTA members provided the following criteria are met:
- NWTA membership is current, and member is in good standing.
- Member has read the terms and conditions found at http://www.nw-trail.org/rocky-terms
- Member has signed the online release of liability waiver found at http://www.nw-trail.org/rockywaiver
- Member has checked the up to date access status to the property at http://www.nw-trail.org/rocky-terms
- Get an ID band for your bike. You will be able to pick these up at NWTA member meetings, Fat Tire Farm, Cyclepath, and Cascade Bikes.
Adults may sign a waiver to give access to a minor at the link listed above, but must also sign one for themselves, and the minor must be accompanied by the adult when accessing the property.
Location, Access, and Navigation
The main entrance point for the trails is currently on Rocky Point road. Enter these GPS coordinates in Google Maps ( 45.696252, -122.882228 ). There is some room to park along the road near this entrance. You can also park on NW Old St Helens HWY and ride up. This is a georeferenced pdf file of the Rocky Point property. It can be viewed in the Avenza Maps app, where you can also add KML layers such as this file in the North section.
Trailforks at Rocky Point
Maps of the trails in Rocky Point have been compiled and uploaded to TrailForks as hidden trails. To be able to view these hidden trails, one must be added to the NWTA Rocky Point group on TrailForks
How do I get Access?
- NWTA membership is current, and member is in good standing (click here to join).
- Member has signed the online release of liability waiver (click here to sign).
- Only after completing the above two, fill out the Rocky Point Access Google form to submit your TrailForks username (click here to fill out the form). Note: you must have already created an account at trailforks.com. This process does not create an account for you.
- Wait for the information in the form to be cross checked with the databases for membership and liability waiver. This is currently being done by hand about once a week, so please be patient. If it has been significantly longer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to follow-up.
- The cross-checked list is sent to the NWTA TrailForks coordinator for your username to be added to the NWTA Rocky Point group. An email notification will be sent once your user has been added.
How do I use TrailForks once I get access?
The website should work great off the bat, but the mobile app can be a bit finicky to set up. If you don’t immediately see the trails on mobile, do the following:
- Make sure you’re signed in with your TrailForks user account
- Navigate to Settings then Downloaded Regions
- Swipe left on Oregon and select “Remove”
- Select the plus button and re-add Oregon
What else should I know about using the Rocky Point hidden trails?
The trails can only been seen by navigating to them on the map. They cannot be searched for because of their “hidden” status.(the Rocky Point region is now searchable for the general public, but trail GPS data is still hidden to those not in the Rocky Point group)
- The trail system map is constantly being updated to reflect all of the new trail work being done. These TrailForks updates will be reflected immediately on the computer interface, but may require you to re-download the region to see the updates on the mobile interface.
What exactly is this relationship between NWTA and Weyerhaeuser?
Weyerhaeuser is a timber company. They own land for the purpose of extracting wood fibre, but they also realize that their land has value beyond forest harvest. They manage the land with periods of scheduled harvest, but forestry is a long-game, and most of the forest at any given point in time is left to grow. The long periods of time between harvest leave opportunities for recreational trail access. That’s where NWTA’s interests comes in. We have entered into an agreement with Weyerhaeuser whereby we remain in communication with them about our desire to add trails to the network, and they let us know where they will be engaged in active forestry operations (e.g.: thinning, road maintenance, surveying, …). We work together. We respect Weyerhaeuser’s needs. Everybody is happy.
What do we get out of this?
Access to trails. The ability to develop a network of trails to our liking. Trails closer to Portland than currently exist. This is private land, not state or federal land. There is less formal process involved, so that means quicker approval times to get trails built. This is an opportunity to use the tremendous capacity of NWTA’s volunteer base. We have the opportunity to develop responsible and sustainable trails, and to showcase NWTA as a partner, land steward, and good neighbor.
Why is Weyerhaeuser doing this?
They primarily get a relationship with a community organization like NWTA that adds to their portfolio of providing opportunities to residents that live near their land holdings. They also get vigilant eyes. With a large group of people using their property for recreation – especially with a well communicated set of terms and conditions for use – they can rest assured that people with a vested interest will report activities that are a danger to the property.
Why do I have to sign a waiver?
In the lease agreement, NWTA agreed to conditions that limit Weyerhaeuser’s liability risk. NWTA needs its members to do the same. Additionally, signing the waiver ensures that members have read the terms and conditions and thus are educated in how to ensure that NWTA remains in compliance with the lease. We want to keep this arrangement, so we want members to understand the rules.
What’s with the ID bands?
This is primarily a self-enforcement mechanism. It’s a way for us to protect our interest. The Rocky Point property is an exclusive privilege for NWTA members who have met the criteria. We want to remain on good terms with Weyerhaeuser so we can keep this arrangement going, and the best way to do that is to make sure that everyone using the property behaves like we agreed. If someone is riding at Rocky Point without an ID band, they are either trespassing and putting your privilege at risk, or possibly they just joined NWTA and signed the waiver, and have not had the chance to pick up an ID band yet.
What is my responsibility?
Keep your membership current, read the terms and conditions, sign the waiver, and get the ID band. Also report safety concerns to NWTA (email@example.com), and fire or other urgent issues to 911.