Stub Stewart State Park is located 34 miles west of Portland, Oregon. Containing over 1,800 acres of rolling hills, streams and forests as well as 25 miles of multi-use trails, the site is a recreation hive intended for hikers, equestrians and cyclists.
It’s slowly but surely becoming a mountain biking destination, thanks to the efforts of the Northwest Trail Alliance. The bulk of the club’s efforts have been focused around 6 miles of purpose built trails, which are becoming known for routes littered with bermed turns, dirt jumps and drops. Modeled after the Black Rock Trail system, the freeride trails are the closest black diamond trails in proximity to Portland.
This weekend the Northwest Trail Alliance hosted what has become an annual event dubbed “Stubfest” — a 3-day weekend of activities, with free camping for trail building volunteers. The event kicked off Friday night with a trail building class, followed by a Saturday trail building session, BBQ and group rides.
The event is not just geared towards adults, it’s family friendly, providing plenty of activities for kids as well. The well attended trail work party ended with a raffle while volunteers enjoyed ice-cold drinks from Hopworks.
Highlights via NWTA volunteer organizer Ted Dodd:
- Over 100 riders in attendance
- 10 work crews working on multiple trail projects
- 45 riders learning sustainable trail building at the Trail Building Class
- $960 raised for new trail design
Read more on the efforts of the Northwest Trail Alliance at NW-Trail.org