Buxton to Stub Stewart MTB trail

 9 votes

10.6 Miles 17.1 Kilometers

60%

Singletrack

1,264' 385 m

Ascent

-1,264' -385 m

Descent

1,230' 375 m

High

472' 144 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Minor Issues

1,230' 375 m

High

472' 144 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Starting at Buxton Trailhead, ride up the Banks-Vernonia to the Stub Stewart MTB trails.

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Overview

Parking at the Buxton Trailhead has no day-use fee and saves several miles of driving to Stub Stewart State Park. Get a good warmup going up the Banks-Vernonia paved trail, then enjoy some hand-build singletrack. When you get to the end, turn around and enjoy.

Need To Know

This direction starts at the lower end of the MTB and ends at the Upper end. Lots of climbing in this direction and most people prefer to ride it only in the opposite direction.

Description

Buxton trailhead is a little bit hidden, but offers a sizable gravel parking lot, vault toilet, and covered pavilion. Ride uphill (do not cross the trestle bridge) on paved BV trail for 2.2 miles. To the right is a wide dirt path that leads down to Fellings Wedge. Take a left and you'll find the bridge that crosses to the MTB-only trail.

Trail starts with a tough climb with lots of switchbacks and turns, eventually you reach the top where the forest opens up and the trail becomes more flat and flowly. There are a couple of stream crossings that are not rideable, foot crossing only.

Climb above the stream and you'll eventually find the first intersection of the trail - The Visitor Center Loop. Keep left at all intersections and you'll arrive at the end of the MTB-only trail with a fence and kiosk. Turn around and ride back out for some very fun descending.

History & Background

Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a historical logging railway that is now a recreation trail.

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Aug 29, 2016
Daron Steinborn
Beautiful late summer ride, trail was dry and dusty, the two bridges are still under construction, but a short hike-a-bike solves the problem. 12.6mi — 1h 53m
Aug 28, 2016
Len Pipes
2 Greenhorn 10.6mi
Jul 29, 2016
Mike Lenz
Jul 9, 2016
Len Pipes
Apr 23, 2016
Josh Gold
Apr 17, 2016
Candice Roth
11.5mi
Mar 23, 2016
Brock Warner
Mar 7, 2016
Marty Mo
Awesome

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Minor Issues on Aug 29, 2016
Dry - the two bridges are unfinished, hike-a-bike required
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