Grant’s Getaways: Stub Stewart Freeride Trails
There’s nothing like cruising along the miles of bike trails at Stub Stewart State Park on a warm and breezy fall day. Stub Stewart offers one of the friendliest state park trail systems you’ll ever explore. Now there’s something new to entice folks who prefer to roll on two wheels at a popular park when “freeriding” rules the day. They are a breed of cyclist who seeks a two-wheel challenge and a freedom in a bike riding recreation called “freeriding.” It takes split second timing on narrow trails at high speeds and the riders love to get “big air.”
Each weekend at Stub Stewart State Park in western Washington County, the time comes to trade in mountain bikes for shovels, rakes and trail tools called “mclouds.” They are members of the Westside Trail Federation and they’re building a new recreation future. They shovel and scrape the dirt, pound it down and rake it smooth.
Riders are looking for a place like Black Rock Mountain; a famous Polk County free ride area that was built in partnership with Oregon Department of Forestry. Black Rock is unique for it’s miles of downhill trails, jumps and tightrope like riding challenges across skinny rails and boards.
The new freeride trail construction at Stub Stewart State Park continues through fall and winter and park managers hope to have the trails open to the public by early June.
about author Grant McOmie
Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.
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