Oxbow Park - Trail, Gresham, Oregon

Oxbow Park - Trail, Gresham, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

About 8 mi. of enjoyable but non-technical singletrack with great views of the river. It has a few exposed roots to keep it fun and a few sandy sections to keep you honest. You can make it about 11+ miles if you start on the pavement at the ranger station ($3 parking, no dogs, gates lock at legal sunset). Bikes are limited to the out & back section and a lollipop loop on a ridge-top meadow (please stay on designated trails so we don't lose what little we have). The trail starts near the river at Group Picnic Area 'A'. Its basically flat as it winds along the river bank past many a port-a-potty, fisherman, picnic table, etc. Then it climbs a short singletrack to a steep fireroad for about 500ft (which can be brutal if its been recently covered in 1-2" of gravel). The ridgetop/meadow loop is short & has more great views, but its best to avoid this section if its wet - its a horse trail and it will be thrashed. Then reverse the route to the car. It's mostly beginner but has some easy intermediate.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 21, 2005]
arcellus
Weekend Warrior

It is what it is.. a few miles of singletrack in a heavily-used county park. It can be fun if you've got the right attitude. Don't expect an epic backcountry trek here; you won't find it. If you're just looking for some singletrack to roll on someday after work, this is worth the trip.

Customer Service

Get a map from the entrance booth and make up your own route. I started with the gravel climb to the ridge-top loop, which was fun a couple of times around. Then I dropped into the dense network of trails in the woods by the campground, made a few loops, and finished with the out-and-back along the river. Total ride time was about 90 minutes, which justifies the 25-minute drive from downtown portland.

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3
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2
[Feb 19, 2001]

While its never going to be a destination trail, its amusing, got a beautiful locale, is some of the closest singletrack to downtown, and can help mix up the routine a bit. A good one to bring a date on or for the aspiring mtn biker. Sure wish there was more hills & technical stuff though, but fun nonetheless. Plus the sand does wonders for my chain...

It gets three stars b/c of great views and the fact that it is actual singletrack less than 1.5 hrs from Portland....

Customer Service

There is only one...

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3
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[Sep 26, 2002]
Dan

Well the map of the park says there are about 6 miles of bikable trails, after riding ever inch of marked trail I would really doubt that. With a total elevation gain of about 300' including all undulations.
I counted one 'technical' obstacle on the entire system and it could easly be ridden over.
That said it is a really pretty ride over good condition trails with a variety scenery.
I would definitley recommend this trail system to someone looking to do something a little different in their fitness routine but does not have a lick of bike handling skills. However if you have ever ridden a bike off a paved road this is probably not the place to go.

Customer Service

All of them.

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