Riverside Trail

Estacada, Oregon

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This is simply the best river riding close to Portland. It is a blend of short, intense uphills and downhills with a fun mix of technical obstacles. Immense red cedars, cool mossy forest, and the soothing sounds of the Clackamas River are the backdrop to this fun ride. Additional distractions that will keep you grinning include superb swimming holes and stunning viewpoints of the river. Trail surface: Singletrack, paved walk, wood ramps, and wood bridges.
Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

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Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This is simply the best river riding close to Portland. It is a blend of short, intense uphills and downhills with a fun mix of technical obstacles. Immense red cedars, cool mossy forest, and the soothing sounds of the Clackamas River are the backdrop to this fun ride.

Additional distractions that will keep you grinning include superb swimming holes and stunning viewpoints of the river. Trail surface: Singletrack, paved walk, wood ramps, and wood bridges.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Estacada
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best April through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,420 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest, Estacada Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to Riverside Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2010
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I found this trail to be a mix, it would get 4 stars if it didn't have some dangerous fall-off potential. Along the first mile or two of the trail it would wind extremely close to the riverside cliff. See attached picture for an example of where failing to make a hairpin turn would result in a 50 foot tumble into the rocks and water below. If you show caution in the first part of the trail you'll be rewarded with a fun and challening ride along the river. Of course this means some steep up and downhill into and out of feeder canyons as well, many of which I had to walk the bike up (or down... many had sharp falloffs and, riding alone, I just didn't feel safe taking the chance on some of them).



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