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 the 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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  1. Michael says…

    what is the name of the Free ride group. what nonprofit is running the donations for the trail building. who do I contact to get involved or donate to the Free ride groups? all the questions that you did not answer…

    Written on October 22nd, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  2. Aaron says…

    The freeride group is Westside Trail Federation. Their website is http://westsidetrailfederation.org/

    Also, Northwest Trails Association, or NW-Trail.org

    Written on October 25th, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  3. Joe says…

    There’s also a trail info wiki available at http://nw-trail.org/wiki which has details about Stub Stewart State Park as well as other mountain bike trails in the Portland, Oregon area. Trail info pages include detail shared by other riders – and open for editing by public. Trail conditions, ride routes, and other trail details.

    Written on November 2nd, 2011 / Flag this Comment
  4. HappyTrails says…

    Something that needs to be squashed from the get-go… Stub Stewart State Park’s “Freeride Trail System” is a small fraction that connects with a larger cross-country, mountain bike trail system. Northwest Trail Alliance has an agreement with Oregon State Parks to build close to 10 miles of singletrack for XC riders. AKA “flow trails” as indicated in the article. This development is in addition to the already open 18 miles of multi-use trails that mountain bikers can ride AND the Banks-Vernonia State Trail that is just a good old paved, multi-use trail. Please please please, don’t everyone think that this work at Stub Stewart is just freeride or downhill trails. It’s just a small piece of the pie.

    Written on November 2nd, 2011 / Flag this Comment

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