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11.4 mile 18.3 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,181' 360 m
Descent: -1,188' -362 m
High: 1,225' 373 m
Low: 449' 137 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)


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

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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.

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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.


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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Oct 16, 2018
Kelly Muedeking
2 hour birthday ride 11.4mi
Oct 10, 2018
Will Gillette
Trails were still a little slick but no major puddles. Should be some great riding with some hero dirt in the next few days! 16mi — 2h 00m
Oct 4, 2018
Kelly Muedeking
Izzy and levi
Jul 4, 2018
Greg Sutliff
Jul 1, 2018
Qin Hong
Jun 15, 2018
Konstantin Alemasov
Jun 13, 2018
kalani Scott
Fairly dry, couple of small soft spots. 10mi
May 28, 2018
John Cunningham

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Jeffrey Mergler
Spokane, WA
Jeffrey Mergler   Spokane, WA
I rode here today. They are still working on the bridges and the crossings are "officially closed" but people are walking around them. There is caution tape up and I think I ran into a trail crew that was putting the tape back up since it was torn down :( Bottom line I think you can walk across the stream and no one is going to care but respect the tape and leave it there. Totally lame taking it down, whoever that is. That said, on the bright side, the bridges are impressive looking. They're using massive 3' diameter or more trees harvested onsite as supports. Kudos to the crew, Aug 18, 2016
Rode this a few times this summer. Would recommend riding up Hare's Canyon for the uphill and Shoofly, Link'N'Pin, Loki's etc. as the downhill. A bit challenging for a novice, but nothing that will kill you (so far). Some sections fast and flowy, others are steep, rooty and some tight switchbacks. Good for a newbie like me to get better on. Ride it early in the day, it gets dark quick. Sep 25, 2017
Mountain bike area closed Monday-fri as of right now.... Feb 9, 2018

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