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Banner Forest

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

Banner forest is a little known forest except to us locales. Trails are easy to moderatelty difficult. I've ran into riders who ridden there on a daily basis for over a year, and have yet to cover all the trails. I love this area as it is teaming with wildlife. Please note, these trails are also used by hikers, so use caution on those fast corners. There is always a new trail to discover.
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Latitude
47.49229780442151
Longitude
-122.54596710205078
Trail Directions
From hwy 16. Exit at the Sedgewick exit and head west on Sedgewick for approx. 6 miles until you come to banner road. Turn left and drive about two miles until you see the banner forest sign on the left. Park there.
Trail Length
numerous
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Port Orchard
   


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Review Date
April 6, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Rick ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the banner last weekend Easter morning and no mud to be found. I passed two other riders in the 2 hours I was there and a couple of groups of walkers with dogs. Both riders had dogs as well and all well behaved. I had a riot, got a great work out on a beautiful day. I ride a single speed and this place is perfect with a great selection of tight ups and downs. These trails are not wide open motorcycle trails for a reason.

Recommended Route:
I just meander for a couple of hours. If something is especially fun I do it a couple of times in both direction.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Green Mountain



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Review Date
July 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Sandi ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trails are easy to get to on a week day with plenty of parking. My problem was that every dog owner we encountered chased us, barked at us and one even took a leak on our tire while we were unloading and the owner just stood there and watched. I almost crashed when one dog was behind a bush and came out quickly barking at me.

Besides the dog issues, the trails were great, well marked and the online maps made it very easy to find our way around.



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Review Date
May 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GHolland35 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First off, when you get off HWY 16, don't head west as the directions indicate. Head towards Long Lake as you would be going to the Southworth Ferry.

The trails are very nice and open but a few are overgrown and need some maintenance. Very fast and flat except for a few small climbs. A map would be especially helpful so if you google single track mind, that will take you to a bike club in tacoma where you can print a map.

I will definitely be back to these trails.



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Review Date
January 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pdamuth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is awesome. Very fun but at the same time not very difficult. I love all the winding and rolling singletrack through the forest. This trail is great for anyone at a begginer to moderate level.



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Review Date
July 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: yucaipaken ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Was in Gig Harbor visiting family and brought my bike for some riding. The LBS suggested this place and it was a blast! 15 minutes east of Gig Harbor off Sedgwick Rd. Very fun single track. Would do this every week if I lived there. Kudos for those who keep the trails maintained. There are trail maps located at the parking area on Banner Rd. or you can pick them up at Old Town Cyclery in Gig Harbor for $2. This is a must if you never been there. They need better trail markings and more signs. So many trails criss-cross and with such a thick forest it's hard to tell where you're at at times. I was there on a Thursday and saw a few hikers and equestrian but they stayed on the main service road that wraps around the trail network. If you're in the Seattle/Tacoma area, definitely worth the drive. I'm from SoCal and would rate these trails similar to those found along the Santa Ana River trail system, maybe a little less technical then SART.

Recommended Route:
Favorite trail was Fusion



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