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Mount Tabor Park Professional Review and Guide
"Mount Tabor Park is one of those urban sanctuaries where you can still find wild in the city. This prominent volcanic butte rises above Portland’s skyline bursting with urban greenery. Where else can you ride to the top of a three-million-year-old volcano covered with a Douglas fir and conifer forest? This 200-acre park is crisscrossed with dirt trails that are a mountain biker’s dream, and views from the western summit are stellar. This short route is a good introduction to this beautiful urban park that promises a fun adventure right in the heart of the city. Trail surface: Singletrack and paved road."
--Lizann Dunegan, Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon (Falcon Guides).
Firstly, review #2 from Andrew is on Hagg Lake, not Mt Tabor Park.
Mt Tabor is a nice place for a hike and it's fine for charging up and down the hill on a road bike, but for a Mt Bike there's minimal riding on offer. What there is, is good for a quick blast, but unless you actually live in the neighborhood it isn't worth coming out of your way for.
This is a well rounded trail with everything type and style of riding covered in the 15 miles. i have been out there 4 times and haven't ran into any other bikers. it is a great place to practice your endurance and help you become bettter. the bridges and and stairs and logs help to make it a little more chalenging. i would recomend starting from either side of the dam and heading up about 4 miles and then coming back. the top (northeast) section isn't as exciting to ride as it is more flat and lots of berry bushes hanging into the trail that scrap you. enjoy and don't ride when its muddy please.
The Hagg Lake bike trail is an excellent ride. It cover all the bases, from sloping singletracks running through meadows, to tight switchbacks that carve narrowly through the lakeside forests. You can also get a feel for what it might be like to ride the trails we see in the bicycling magazines that tout the extremes of Vancouver's North Shore. There are some tricky stream crossings that use a series of wooden bridges and logs to traverse the creeks. At this time of year, the trails are dry and fast. But the rainy season approaches quickly in this corner of our world. so ride soon. dd.
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