Rocky Point

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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.

If you are an NWTA member, this is your local area to access nature on a bike. Go enjoy it. You can ride it twelve months of the year.

Status (5/25/2022)

South Side Rocky Point

  • Trails in the Skeet Chute area above parking now OPEN, but with exceptions
  • Butter Knife (above road switchback), Buck Knife, and Gravel road NOW OPEN. The new downhill trails in clearcut are still closed.

Herbicide application was completed in the harvested area near Switchblade (a.k.a The Everblades) on May 23, 2022. It has been 48 hours since application and the area is now safe to enter effective 5pm May 25th.

The area above the parking is now open to access, but the upper area has been affected by road building activity. Most significantly, Tres Amigos no longer goes to the top of Skeet Chute. Only the lower half of Tres and Skeet are still rideable. Coastal and Fiat are mostly rideable, but entrances are rough and they can only be accessed from the upper gate (or via Tres/Seral and the gate road).

North Side Rocky Point

All trails on the North side are closed with the exception of Andyland and RP United. Furthermore, both of these trails are restricted to out-and-back riding with a single road crossing for Andyland, and only to the top of Andyland summit. Log hauling traffic is expected to increase throughout June and July. See maps below for trail closures and logging traffic.

Access

NWTA holds the lease effective August 1, 2019. Access to the leased property is available to NWTA members provided the following criteria are met:

  1. NWTA membership is current, and member is in good standing nw-trail.org/join/
  2. Member has read the terms and conditions found at nw-trail.org/rocky-terms
  3. Member has signed the online release of liability waiver found at nw-trail.org/rockywaiver
  4. Member has checked the up to date terms and access status to the property at nw-trail.org/rocky-terms
  5. Get an ID band for your bike. You will be able to pick these up at NWTA member meetings, Fat Tire Farm, Cyclepath, Metropolis, and Trek (Beaverton) (call to check availability).

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.

Parking details

Trailforks access to Rocky Point hidden trails

History

The trails out at Rocky Point are said to have originated as horse and moto trails. People have been riding bikes out at Rocky Point at least since the 1970s. It started on touring bikes mostly on gravel roads, but with a bit of venturing in on the singletrack. With the advent of mountain bikes in the 80s, folks started to make a more concerted effort to make the trails functional for bikes. Trail construction started ramping up in the mid-2000s spearheaded to a significant extent by Ron Strasser and John Joy who had obtained “semi-permission” from the landowner at the time (Longview Timberland) to build. Strasser focused on the south side while Joy focused on the north. Other, unnamed builders were also significant in building up the original trails including the more gnarly trails on the South Side. The buildup of large rouge wooden features soured the relationship with the timber company and lead to a more tenuous relationship and added restrictions for use and building. The land was sold in 2016 to Weyerhaeuser. At their other properties, Weyerhaeuser manages a system of recreational permits mostly aimed at hunting and therefore implemented a similar system at Rocky Point. Unfortunately, what works well for hunters (very limited number of permits), doesn’t work well for mountain bike users. This effectively shut down access to most mountain bikers for several years. In 2019, and just off the success of the Klootchy Creek agreement, NWTA and Weyerhaeuser were able to come together to develop an agreement.  That agreement would remove the number limit on mountain bikers as long as NWTA managed access through its membership. Since then the trail system has been transformed with thousands of hours of trail building an maintenance in just the first six months of stewardship.

Upcoming Plans

7 new miles of trails to be opened by May 2022 with more coming in subsequent years. Details to come.

Suggested RP Intro Ride (use Trailforks app for map)

North Side Loop

  1. Start at the mid gate parking lot
  2. cross the road to RP United
  3. Take a right onto Andyland. Ride to the top of Andyland. Turn around (logging activity beyond that point).
  4. RP United out to parking lot

South Side Loop

  1. Start at the mid gate parking lot
  2. Go down to Blue Gate
  3. Take a right onto Tres Amigos climb.
  4. Option 1: Tres Amigos to the top and down Skeet chute (intermediate/advanced)
  5. Option 2: Turn left on Pipeline, then head over to Switchblade. (Options over to Mulligan and Twisted Knickers).
  6. Return via gravel then back over using Tres Amigos to parking.

Contact

Scooter Sutterer – [email protected]

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