Located on Chinook and Clatskanie Lands, the small town of Vernonia is located about an hours drive north-west of the city of Portland, OR. Nestled within the Clatstop and Tillamook State Forests, this location provides plenty of options for pre or post Summit riding. The Nehalem River cradles this small valley town and its growing cycling community home to the Crown Zellerback Trail (CZ) and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
Portland International Airport makes it easy to arrive with a bike. The airport hosts a bike assembly and repair station so that you can rebuild your ride as soon as you land. From there, ride along multi-use paths, trails, bikeways and bike lanes into town. The ride from the airport to downtown Portland is about 1 hour.
Want to ride to the Summit? There are many ways to get here by bike, paved, gravel or otherwise. We encourage you to check out Adventure Cycling Association’s interactive network map, peruse the Ride with GPS route directory, or reach out on the WTF Facebook Group for recommendations and community feedback.
If you would like to join a group riding to the summit, check out the rides registered for the Grassroots Ride Series.
Starting from Golden Pliers Bike Shop in Portland, this route links highway 30 to the gravel CZ trail. *Note that you can start from Scappoose to bypass highway 30. Vernonia Springs will be directly off the trail to the right.
Starting from Golden Pliers Bike Shop in Portland, this mostly paved route will connect Forest Park to NW Rock Creek Trail to meandering backroads that will lead you to the Banks Vernonia Trail. Vernonia Springs will be directly off the trail to the left.
However you arrive, check out these wonderful Portland bike businesses to assist you with any pre-summit needs:
If you’re in need of a bike to rent while in Portland, consider renting from: