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Columbia Meadows

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

start off on fire road you come to quick 3way stay to the left up three rolling hills past a barn on the left then stop by some extra drainage pipes and you can see the area pretty good ,we want to proceed north, 3way stay right little downhill then another 3 way stay to left then go up small grade but pretty long single track starts there, i put a broom stick with inner tube box turn right grassy bottom with blackberrys to deal with it has a lot of down hill with great views of the columbia and interstate 5. it has mushrooms growing everywhere,it turns down south towards columbia city,comes out at the bottom 3way(should be some power lines)turn right up a small hill,from there you should have great view,hold on this gnarly trial is'nt over, follow this fire road down a very fast but rocky road with speeds up to 35mph then hit jump at the 3-way,if you down and left there will be the first gate off smith rd.,if go past the jump look for a single track at the dead end, single track is well maintained is pretty good climb but shady,comes to a three way, should be a old rambler stipped out,if you go left and down it takes you back to smith road somewhere between the two gates, if you stay to right and go up it should take you back up to main fire road,but have'nt done it yet, another thing if you miss the single track you will come to 4way 9 o'clock trial has beer can hanging from it has single trail and does come out,the 3 o'clock trail goes down into a dead end,ok if your looking for deer, the 11 o'clock trial goes to blue gate and another awesome single track with roots,rocks and tricky decent which comes back to the same fire road, turn left to head back, or turn right and onto a 4way left looks like single track but it is quad track, straight is a long down hill single track, not sure where it comes out but it was fun both ways,and if go right it should be a well maintain fire rd ,that goes towards columbia meadows and the same fire road with power lines that go back to smith rd. any futher into the bush you bound to come out on cannon rd. off deer island town, I been out there looking for trials on my truck and found lots of trials, but none of them are long,to steep to climb, or dead ends, this area of smith road is awesome, take any gate and your bound to find somthing, try dart creek rd. and smith rd. blue gate.2nd right is downhill single track that is a short 5 minute run turn left on bottom fire rd, go up to little honda civic and return back up a qaud track, there is a bunch of them all over this place, I'never stop exploring, plus there is so much wilderness to see.
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Latitude
45.8892912569653
Longitude
-122.84834861755371
Trail Type
Singletrack and Fireroad
   


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Review Date
April 29, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: george martinez ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
has many trails added, at times can be difficult to find, best to go out an explore with a couple of buddies, bring a cell phone or markers so you don't go down a dead end road, lots of single track but is broken up in pieces, ideal to make a route that is suitable for the time you have, I have spent 6 hours up here very easy, but was taking my time, and took lots of pictures, have not seen any other bike riders out here except tire marks and trash left behind, I have connected many trails together to make a big loop, other wise two cars would be nice, one to leave at the bottom of the hill, the other on top of the hill, Maple Mt. is on the map and is the highest peak over looking the Columbia River, has a good 360 degree view from here, all the hunters know this place, so were bright clothes, even if it is not hunting season, hunters like to go shoot their guns and ride their motorcycles out here, mainline is the name of the fire road that the gates are open during hunting season, there is so many trails out here it seems to go all the way to the coast range, get a forestry map from the library or rural fire station in Columbia City then get ready to have an awesome time out in this area, stay on the trails, other trails are game trails and are very tempting but clearly uncharted waters, they are many challenges out here, look out for these (black berries, stinging nettles, fallen trees, fork in the road, broken glass, flooded areas, logging areas, poison ivy, wild dogs,coyotes,black bears, mountain lions,and elk) do not remove and jumps or logs in the trail, I like to make jumps out of them, and please pick up your trash or dog poop.

Recommended Route:
first gate of Smith Rd. or second gate of Smith Rd. can also come in of Deer Island first gate on the left from the store on hwy. 30 (Cannan Rd.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pinkkey , Salmonberry Lake, St.Helens Water shed, Pittsburg Rd. Dart Creek rd.



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Review Date
February 4, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: native97051 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
place has changed in the 10 years i have been going here, I am gvalm, george, native97051 , i am the guy that made this post originally, have found a huge section of single track, it can be a loop or a downhill if you get dropped off, have been the most rewarding find since i found rocky point by Scappoose, very nice has views of Columbia meadows where the concerts use to be, and has a 500 foot elevation change, so it is a bit cross country, nobody ever comes out here , just an occasional dog walker that is it, have tried to post many photos but the site is old and not easy to upload photos from my p.c. where all the photos are, but take my word for it, many more places to ride, my riding partner came down with cancer and no longer wants to do it , so I am the only guy that is willing to go out alone to the woods, takes about a hour to ride to the top, and turn around and go nuts down the hill,

Recommended Route:
first gate on the right on smith rd. long up hill to the power lines then turn left, west bound, very tricky to connect the dots but you can do it.



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Review Date
August 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tortoisehead ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail network isn't half bad actually. I've been here many times and have never seen another person on any of the trails, it is very peaceful.
There is some singletrack, some downhill sections, nothing too technical.
If you live in the Saint Helens area its a great place to ride after work. If you live in Portland its not really worth driving that far for. There is some better riding in Scappoose

Recommended Route:
From Saint Helens: Take Highway 30 northwest to Columbia City. Turn left at the mini-mart in Columbia City. Stay on this road as it become gravel. Just before you get to the top of this road there is a gate on the right. If you have reached an intersection and the road becomes paved again you have gone too far.
Park near the gate and follow the main logging road for 1.4 miles and you will come to another gate. One of the trails begins just to the right of this gate.
There are a few different trails in the area. Exploring is the best way to figure out which ones to ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Scappoose freeride area (off Rocky Point Road)
Siouxon Creek
Brown's Camp
Gales Creek
Forest Park
Powell Butte



Comments
native97051 (01/26/2013)
What up, you found my single track
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Review Date
February 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: gvalm ,  Downhiller

Summary:
this is a short run, 1 hour tops for return loop, back to the top. if you go past single track or if you are looking to go further in the bush, go to the four way and take the 11 o/clock road and go past gate go down a straight away and left comes up the hill and dumps off the other cool single track, this was very rocky and bumpy one and was fun both ways.
this fire road comes to a four way 9 o'clock dead ends 12 o'clock a single track that is short 1/2 mile then goes to the right to so more fire roads,to the left more single track about 1/2 mile then dead ends. back to the 4 way the 3o'clock fire road goes to maple mountain or to deer island if you got a map or keep reading my reviews.

Recommended Route:
take hwy 30 to columbia city west turn right at a st. by the minit-mart /gas station. take that up to a dirt road that turns up the canyon. welcome to timber country, the first gate on the right is about a half mile up ,the second gate is on the left,1 mile up. the third gate on the right is the one to columbia meadows

Other recommended trails in the same area:
smith road dead end ,do not park by the gate, go back all the way to axil road intersection to park



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Review Date
November 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: george ,  Downhiller

Summary:
great climbs,well maintained fire roads,some trees on the ground and many trails to ride on,single track is down hill,go to the four way on top of the hill
go to 11 o"clock fire road which bends down to the right, you should be inside the tree cover by now,at the bottom of this straight away is a gate, look for single track on the right,it is very hard terran because the quad-riders use as an uphill climb,it was a fun all the way to the bottom. return home the same route

Recommended Route:
take hwy.u.s. 30 west from portland to columbia city. turn left on A st. go past minimart,A st. turns into smith rd. it is a dirt rd. look for the second gate on the right. also you can go to msn.com and look up maps type in columbia city, or.97018 for driving directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
germantown rd.forrest park first green gate on the right shoots straight down to hwy.30



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