Buxton to Stub Stewart MTB Trail

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11.3 Miles 18.2 Kilometers



1,220' 372 m


-1,226' -374 m


1,223' 373 m


447' 136 m



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

Robert Clark


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.


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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Apr 9, 2017
Carl Berger
Quite a few heavy mud spots from the top mtb trail down to BV 10mi — 1h 30m
Apr 2, 2017
Stefano Pellerano
Season opening ride! Nice as always, now even more thanks to the new bridges! Big thank to the volunteers that put these up! 3h 21m with pause 12mi — 1h 47m
Mar 16, 2017
Ted Dodd
Nov 19, 2016
Stephen Boyter
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
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Muddy: Still some spots of muddied areas, but mostly tacky or dry.
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Rode this for the first time this morning. The uphill switchbacks on Spur Line/Bailing Wire trails will get your blood and sweat flowing but the flatter and more flowy trails at the top are well worth it. As a beginner/intermediate rider this pushed my limits but not in a discouraging way, just made the forest all the easier to appreciate. At the north end of this trail you are able to take any number of less-extreme trails back to the Buxton trailhead if you are feeling worn out. There were plenty of maps in the southern and northern kiosks, at the entrances to the mountain bike section. A must-ride for the Portland mountain biking scene! Aug 5, 2015

Any details on trail closures for bridge construction? Is it worth riding out there before they're finished? May 14, 2016

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

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