Ever wondered where the trails you ride come from? New to Stub and want some route suggestions? Curious about what’s coming up at Stub? Then read on! We’ve got you covered.
Just 30 minutes west of Portland, the Stub Stewart MTB system is comprised of more than 15 miles of trail, ranging from green to double black. These trails are generally open year round and have a little something for everyone! Each year, volunteers contribute more than 1,000 hours of their time to build and maintain the MTB system. Join us and become part of the team that makes mountain biking accessible for YOU!
What’s coming up at Stub?
We’ve been hard at work this spring getting the trails at Stub in shape for the season. Already this year we’ve racked up nearly 300 hours of volunteer time at Stub. And there’s still more to do!
We have a number of trail improvements and new trails in the works this year. Projects range from improving the existing trails to be more fun – addressing some problem areas that are muddy and challenging during winter conditions and dialing in jumps and berms on the freeride trails – to adding a new skills area called Brush Monkey and a new down hill trail called Rail Yard. We are also working with partners such as Trailkeepers of Oregon to significantly improve a couple of miles of multi-use trails to be enjoyable singletrack. And this fall, we’ll be focusing on building up Drip Torch to make it more progressive, bigger and faster!
Join or renew your NWTA membership today and become part of the team as we continually improve the Stub Stewart MTB trail system.
Route Suggestion – Casual Intro Tour
Checking out a new trail system can be intimidating. NWTA members should always feel free to reach out if you’d like a tour of one of our systems. Also, check out our North Coast Mountain Bikers Facebook page for the most up-to-date trail conditions and to connect with folks who dig riding on the west side.
For those of you interested in the trails at Stub, we’ve put together a couple of route suggestions.
Please note: This route is provided for your convenience only. Mountain biking is inherently dangerous and you should always do your homework on trail difficulties and conditions before you ride.
If you’re on Strava, here’s a link to the route. It’s about 5 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing (give or take).
Start at the Hilltop Day Use Area (don’t forget your State Parks Pass!). A lot of new users will start on the trail straight across the parking lot from the bathrooms. This is just silly. That’s the disc golf entrance not the MTB area. We’ve got a better route for you to take.
1. Head up the access road and before the first bend, take a right onto Cross Tie Trail (a fun greenline to warm up on your climb to the main trail system). You’ll stay on Cross Tie for about ¾ mile. When you pop out onto the gravel road, there will be a kiosk.
2. Go to your right (if you’re facing the kiosk). Just past the gate, take a left and check out Brush Monkey, a little skills area. As you drop back down to the road, there should be a trail directly across from you. Take that for a little romp through the trees (it’s better than the road). It’ll pop you back out onto the road and keep on heading away from the kiosk on Caddywomper.
3. You’ll come to a fork where Shoefly goes off to the right. Ignore that for now and keep climbing. Soon, Rise and Shine will be on your left. Take that and start climbing. Once you reach the kiosk, take a breather.
4. After you’ve rehydrated and eaten a snack, head down Upper Greenhorn for a fast flowy descent to, you guessed it, Lower Greenhorn. Then connect with Linkin Pin for a short bit until you meet up with Shoefly.
5. Stay on Shoefly for about a mile or so going (mostly) downhill. You’ll come to a fork where Loki’s Lollipop goes to the left. This is a bit more challenging than Shoefly, but it’ll pop you out back where you want to go so go for it if you’re feeling frisky.
6. Continue on down Shoefly until it connects to Bailing Wire Junction. Hang on for a fun and windy downhill romp until you connect with Spur Line. Take that trail until you cross the bridge and then climb your way up to the Banks Vernonia Trail.
7. Hang a right and just a short way up the BVT will be a trail on your right. Take this and start climbing up Hares Canyon. Stay on Hares Canyon about 2-ish miles until it brings you back to the first Kiosk and the intersection with Cross Tie. Take a left on Cross Tie and enjoy the downhill flow (with some short and punchy climbs) back to the trail head.
Stub Stewart History
The MTB trails at Stub Stewart did not magically appear or happen overnight. Trail building is a marathon, not a sprint. And it’s due to the persistence of a few determined mountain bikers that we’ve got such wonderful trails so close to Portland.
Although planning for Stub began in the 1990’s, the park didn’t open until July 2007, and then only with access for equestrians, hikers, disc golfers and campers. However, early in the planning phase of park, NWTA (then the Portland United Mountain Pedalers a.k.a. PUMP) took the initiative and suggested to the planners that some dedicated mountain biking opportunities would be good thing to integrate into a state park trail system. Steve Kruger (currently of Trailkeepers of Oregon) was a trail manager ranger at time and he reached out to volunteers to help develop recommendations for a “mountain biking only” area.
NWTA, together with subchapter the Westside Trail Federation, collaborated (and continue to collaborate) with State Parks to scout for MTB trail locations. Hundreds of folks have helped dig at volunteer work parties to make the Stub Stewart MTB trails a reality. Those trails finally opened in 2012, with a 5-mile cross country trail and one freeride trail. Over the last seven years, NWTA and WTF have added more than 10 miles to the mountain bike trail system and we there’s still more to come!
Building and Maintenance
NWTA’s mountain bike trails at Stub Stewart are nurtured and maintained by our dedicated Stub Stewart local stewardship teams. The trails at Stub would not exist had it not been for the efforts and passion of former team leads Joe Rykowski and Ryan McLane. Joe and Ryan have since passed the LST torch and our efforts at Stub are now tirelessly led by LST co-leads Dan Katten, David Rogers and Chris Rich.
Meet LST co-lead David Rogers
David Rogers started mountain biking 13 years ago when he explored a network of steep trails in Penang, Malaysia used by local farmers to get to mountainside fields and bring crops to market. When he returned to the U.S., he was discouraged by the lack of nearby trails. After several years off the bike, a friend suggested that he check out the new trails at Stub Stewart and then David was hooked.
David was riding the Stub trails a couple of times a week and decided that it was time to start helping out with the trail maintenance so he started volunteering at NWTA work parties. He became more actively involved a couple of years ago following some nasty winter storms that felled dozens of trees and required several weekend work parties to clear.
When he’s not working as a computer engineer at Intel, he’s riding his Specialized Stumpjumper hardtail (loaded with tools) to work on the trails at Stub. When it’s too dry to dig he’s out getting shreddy on his Ibis Ripley. And when he’s got time for the drive you can find him jumping down Springboard at Alsea Falls.
As an NWTA Stub LST, David’s focus is primarily on the cross-country trails at Stub and he is committed to ensuring that the trails at Stub are in tip top shape for everyone to ride. Although it varies season to season, he’s generally out doing focused trail work most weekends and makes additional forays to the trails for mid-week inspections and light work (removing fallen trees, etc.). Over the last year, David has been out on the trails doing work in some capacity 50-70 times.
Why would someone spend this much time and effort as a volunteer?
“It is great to see the the growing number of riders at Stub Stewart, especially families, making use of the trails. Having the trails in good condition makes the difference between riders having a good experience or not. I get a lot of “thank you’s” from riders who genuinely appreciate the effort it takes to keep the trails rideable all year.”
– David Rogers
Next time you’re riding at Stub and you see a guy with ear protection and a weed whacker doing some solo brushing, that’s likely David. Be sure to thank him for everything he does to make the trails rideable for you.
Meet LST co-lead Chris Rich
If you ride at Stub and you enjoy Greenhorn or Driptorch, you should be buying Chris Rich a beer. Although he spends his days as a software engineer to support his mountain biking habit, in his free time he’s out on the trails, doing some long overdue maintenance to the wooden features that went in years ago.
Chris started mountain biking about 20 years ago but only seriously got into it in the last five years. When he’s not out building trails FOR YOU, you can find him on his Specialized Enduro 29er on some of the best downhill in the Pacific Northwest, including the ACTA in Oakridge, Jabberwocky in Ashland or on OTG at Tiger Mountain.
Chris is the LST lead on the freeride area at Stub and spends more than 30 days a year out digging, clearing and stewarding those trails. Why’s he do it? For the reward of making new friends and seeing the smiles on people’s faces both while riding the trails he makes possible and at dig days that he coordinates. Those smiles make even pulling out pesky stumps worth it.
Check out our trails and then join us and become part of the team that makes mountain biking accessible for YOU!