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A Great Trail and Great Destination

The Banks-Vernonia Trail is a bit more challenging and interesting than a lot of rail trails, with... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2019
laryep
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Shelton, Washington
bike ride from Banks to vernonia

what a wonderful 17 mile bike path. there are 11 bridges on this route and 1 place where the trail... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2019
Alaka S
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 July 2019

Staring out in Banks, you heard north through a tunnel of trees. The trail across the mostly flat area is quite rutted, but improvements have been made over the past year. There are multiple trail heads for free parking.

It is ridiculous that at least three crossings cause the pavement to end. Why don't they pave the trail across the road crossings?

Going north into Columbia County and nearing Vernonia watch out for rough bridge approaches and pavement in need of repair.

Make sure to veer off to the right, cross a gravel driveway or road, and do a loop around beautiful Lake Vernonia.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 13 May 2019

Located 26 miles west of Portland off Highway 26, the Banks-Vernonia Trail is 21-mile multi-use trail paved over a decades-old train bed, allows the walker, jogger, and biker to experience the beauty of the Oregon forest and countryside. The trail can be accessed at any of 6 points – including trailheads at Manning, Buxton, Tophill, and Beaver Creek, as well as at Banks and Vernonia. Busy on the weekends. Most cyclists don't follow the signs to alert hikers - To your Right or To your Left is foreign to them

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Mark T
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Reviewed 5 May 2019

We heard about this trail from several friends and decided to give it a try on the first warm weekend in May. The little parking lot was already full by the time we got to the Banks trailhead, but that was no problem - the main street had plenty of parking just a minute further. It was a stupendous tummy warm Saturday, but the trail really was not so crowded. Sure, right near the towns there were more walkers and families will little ones who were clearly not doing the whole stretch. But once you got a mile out of town, everything was fine. The traffic was very modest.
The trail itself is in quite good shape. Sure some tree roots are always raising some asphalt, but there were not too many roots or potholes and they were all very well marked. Around mid-trail you do have quite a steep descent and climb - maybe they used to have a trestle there for the trains? Well, not any more, so be ready for a short tough climb! But even that challenge was manageable and added to the overall variety and enjoyment.
Vernonia was a great destination, we sat outside soaking in the sun for well-deserved drinks and lunch before heading back. The nature is really attractive, the smells are fresh and it's a good distance to do in a relaxing half day. Including the generous stop for lunch, we did the whole distance in about 5 hours. Great outing!

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 10 March 2019 via mobile

Old bridges and wildlife can be veiwed from the trail where the train used to take lumber to and from the mill to build the community of Vernonia and others

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank H2221XLrichardc
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

I tried this trail a year ago (2017) and was very impressed with the ride. Lately, it has really deteriorated in parts and getting worse. Some very dangerous ruts and parts of the trail falling apart all together. What really bothered me most, is the aggressive logging taking place all the way up to the edge of the trail itself. You take these bike rides to get away from destructive forces, yet this trail reminds you clear cutting is a part of Oregon culture. I won't be coming back. It is just too sad for me.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank appleeducator1
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