Perfect Conditions at Cold Creek Mountain Bike Trails

On Sunday we all piled into Corey's van and headed out to ride Cold Creek. Just 45 miles outside of Portland, it's quickly becoming my favroite trail system close to home. 

We hit some patches of snow towards the top. 

"Epic views, leg burning grinds, hero dirt all year, and a stupid grin on your face that you’ll need a plastic surgeon to remove, and if you live in Vancouver, you can have it all after work any day of the week. Less than 45 minutes from Vancouver and 1 hour from the East side of Portland, Cold Creek is the most heavily biked section of the Tarbell trail system, and is distinctive enough from the rest of the system that it deserves its own guide and write up. Locals typically ride this section after work, bringing lights in the winter, and tack it onto other parts of the Tarbell system or combine it with Thrillium, Bells Mountain, or Chinook for more epic weekend rides.

The Cold Creek trail sits on some the best dirt in Washington. The surface is mostly packed Cascade Clay under the needles from top to bottom, with very occasional wet spots that are well drained by berms and culverts and an insanely active group of volunteers who keep this trail rideable essentially all year, so long as it’s not buried in snow. It’s mostly low elevation, with the bottom half rideable all year, and the top half typically open from late March through early December. The sections that descend through clear cuts are susceptible to loose surfaces during the driest months, but it’s not significant enough to affect the riding experience."

- Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Keep going...

Corey leading the crew in...

Legend.

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One more lap...

Feeling it...

Turns...

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So stoked to have these trails within striking distance from Portland. Head over to Evergreen for more info on their trail systems and how you can support them.