Trail:Stub Freeride Skill Area
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This project was proposed by Westside Trail Federation in 2008, and is located in same Stub Mountain Bike Area where NW Trail Alliance proposed the XC network of trails (see Trail:Stub Mountain Bike Area).
W.T.F. signed an official adopt-a-park agreement on January 13th, 2011.
How to find it
The Freeride Area is now open to the public. There are several additional proposed lines flagged on the ground along with a session/training area. These include options for beginner to advanced Freeride mountain bikers. W.T.F. project leaders plan have focused initially on construction of beginner & intermediate level trails.
Following IMBA guidelines for trail layout, the freeride area is geographically "remote" to create a natural barrier of access to inexperienced riders. It is located within north part of Stub mountain bike area and is 1 1/4 mile from Hilltop Day Use parking area (that's less than half the distance to reach access for Black Rock Mountain Bike Area single track from the Trailhead but way more than shuttle areas with drop off points like Trail:Raven's Ridge DH Trail or Trail:Syncline), and when riding the north XC trails accessed from Hares Canyon / N. Caddy Whomper trails is about 3/4 of mile on single track to reach the access point to Freeride area.
Seasonal Open/Close Schedule
See Freeride area proposal which includes proposed trails within Freeride area.
Pay to Park. To park within the park boundaries you must either post an annual pass in your car ($30 a year), or pay for daily parking ($5). Straight from the Park's website - "$5 daily day-use fee or buy a 12-month permit for $30 or a 24-month permit for $50. These 1 & 2 year permits are good at all state park day-use areas." If you would rather ride your bike into the park, you can park at the Buxton trailhead for the Banks-Vernonia trail and ride your way into the park (that makes for a long ride).
Park management is recommending that Mountain Bike visitors park their vehicles at the Hilltop day use area and ride in to the mountain bike area from there. (The Speed limit on park roads are 20MPH) It's a little under a mile of pedaling to access the North Mountain Bike Area from Hilltop day use area. Directional signage (from Hilltop to the North Mountain Bike Area) is posted beginning at the exit to the Hilltop day use area parking lot. Please keep in mind that these access trails are multi-use trails. So anticipate seeing Equestrians and Hikers along the route. Please ride respectfully.
To access the Freeride Area (and North Mountain Bike Area) from Hilltop day use area; follow the directional signs starting at the exit to the parking area. Head uphill on the main road. From there, follow the directional signage leading you back to the Mountain bike area (right on Peavey Hook Bridleway, left on Caddywhomper Way). "Rise & Shine" (Freeride Area push-up/access trail) will be another .3 miles into the Mountain bike area. From there, head uphill to access the Freeride Trailheads.
There are currently 2 trails open, a beginner-level ("Greenhorn") and an intermediate-level trail ("Drip-Torch"). They are still very soft, so please take care and refrain from skidding. From the bottom of the Freeride trails, you can head left and take the other push-up access trail "Rinse, Repeat".
Please keep in mind that this is only Phase 1 of the Freeride Area build-out. There are plans to extend the trails and to add future option lines. The hard part is now behind us. If you want to become more involved in this process, please let us know @ email@example.com .
More information will be updated here and the Facebook Page in the future. Enjoy yourselves, and look before you leap. Also see Trail:Stub Mountain Bike Area.
Local Points of Interest
- Stub Stewart State Park - Freeride skill area is part of Stub Mountain Bike Area trails which are located within Stub Stewart State Park with over 15+ miles of shared-used trails. The park is a full service state park with cabins (reserved months in advance generally), RV parking, tent camping, and hike-in camping. There's an 18-hole disc golf course (as of 12/2010, 9-holes are currently open, and remainder are under construction). For park information/brochure go to http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_255.php
- Route 26 Roadside Diner
47700 NW sunset Hwy 26 Manning, OR 97106 (503) 324-2626
Stub Freeride Skill Area is comparable to evgn:Duthie_Trails up near Seattle, but Stub has more elevation drop (300'-600' versus ~200' at Duthie) and has more available acreage for mountain bike trails. In addition, it's located within L.L. Stub Stewart State Park which is a full service state park with cabins, RV/tent campgrounds, hike-in campground, meeting halls, and ampitheatre.
For more information please see the Westside Trail Federation event calendar- 
Resources with W.T.F. and NWTA collaborated in planning trail routes and developing build guidelines to be used. Primarily, it was W.T.F. resources who lead the charge to develop build guidelines and pushed the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to strongly consider adding more challenging features within the mountain biking area beyond the proposed XC specific trails.
Both the XC proposal and W.T.F. Freeride area proposals were approved by Oregon Parks & Recreation, however it was decided by park managers that Here are some additional details, as outlined on the Westside Trail Federation website; June 2nd 2012 marks opening day of the Stub Stewart State Park Freeride Area. Here are a few details you will need to know about accessing the network;