Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is a yearly event taking place in communities all over the US. The local events range in size from a few kids and families to large gatherings consisting of local bike clubs, retail shops, schools and bike friendly companies. Here in Portland, #TKMBD was hosted by the Northwest Trail Alliance on the easyCLIMB Trail in Cascade Locks.
Located forty miles east of Portland, the easyCLIMB Trail is located at the Port of Cascade Locks. CLIMB stands for Cascade Locks International Mountain Biking, a reference to the city’s plan for a trail network planned for future construction.
The trail is situated on a small but beautiful parcel of land, laid out with plenty of twists and turns to take advantage of the space.
Though short, the introductory loop is suitable for beginners and families at around 2-3 miles in length. Built by volunteers from the Northwest Trail Alliance, the trails are mostly flat but twisty, with a few sections featuring bermed turns, rolling grade dips and a bit of flow. It is well signed, making it easy to navigate.
It made for a near ideal location for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, with kids, families and NWTA volunteers populating the trails.
Besides the trail riding and getting kids on the dirt, local business provided food, games and prizes for youngsters.
Learn more about the Nortwest Trail Alliance and their efforts on behalf of Portland Area Mountain Bikers at NW-trail.org.
easyCLIMB TRAILHEAD DIRECTIONS:
- From Portland, take I-84 to Cascade Locks, exit 44
- Drive .8 miles through town and turn left on NW Forest Lane
- Continue 1.8 miles, and turn left on Cramblett Way
- Continue straight a short distance on the gravel road
- At the Y, head right toward the large, unpaved parking area
- No fees or permits required