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Best Trails for Escaping Portland to Ride Singletrack

Fleeing the Portland sprawl in search of sublime singletrack? Check out this list of top trails close to Portland.

Description

The city of Portland can be a conflicting place to live as a mountain biker. Despite being renowned as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, that bike friendliness only extends as far as bike commuting and road cycling. Mountain biking? That's a different story.

Mountain bikers in Portland have been fighting a losing trail advocacy battle for years, with many of the best trails in the city of Portland being closed to bikes, despite ardent protest. As it currently stands, the options for true mountain biking close to the city are extremely limited, despite Portland claiming one of the largest urban forest preserves country.

So if you're looking for true singletrack to ride, into the car and out of the city you must go. But thankfully, within an hour's drive of downtown you can access some truly incredible trails! The Sandy Ridge Trail System is the closest hit to town, which means it's correspondingly ultra-popular. Timberline to Town is a shuttle run of epic proportions that's also quite easy to reach. And then with a bit more driving, locals can access Post Canyon and other trails in the Hood River area.

While the going may be tough for Portland mountain bikers, if you're willing to venture out of the city you'll soon discover a wealth of fantastic singletrack!

Sources:
Singletracks.com
Wikipedia.com

Sandy Ridge: Intermediate Loop
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Sandy Ridge: Intermediate Loop

15.5 km
574 m
574 m
The most comprehensive route at Sandy Ridge, Portland's go-to mountain biking hotspot.
Difficult
Private
Sandy Ridge: Expert Loop
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Sandy Ridge: Expert Loop

11.6 km
444 m
445 m
Tech-gnar up high and ginormous jumps down low, this route is experts-only.
Extreme
Private
Timberline to Town
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Timberline to Town

Timberline Lodge Summer
24.5 km
101 m
1,405 m
Now regarded as one of the top shuttle runs in the Western USA!
Difficult
Private
Post Canyon: Shuttle Run
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Post Canyon: Shuttle Run

12.5 km
123 m
909 m
A top-to-bottom shuttle run through some of the roughest trails and sweetest flow at Post Canyon
Severe
Private
Post Canyon: Loop Ride
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Post Canyon: Loop Ride

23.0 km
799 m
799 m
An excellent sampler of a loop ride in the expansive Post Canyon trail system.
Difficult
Private