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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +146/217 ft
Total: 62 riders
 

Mountain Biking Hagg Lake

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#207 of 301 mountain bike trails in Oregon
#9,689 in the world

Great singletrack, some short steep climbs, can be slippery, rutty and messy in early spring. Gets overgrown with blackberry during peak summer. Also open to hikers, so watch for peeps! Approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hours ride time for intermediate riders when conditions are good, can be 3 or more when wet. A nice roller that will get your heart pumping, a good ride and a workout.

First added by Oaktree777 on May 15, 2009. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Portland take the 26 West to the 217 South to the 8 West. Continue to the 47, turn left towards Henry Hagg Lake. Follow the signs. $7 / day or $60 / year. Once through the gate, turn left at West Shore Drive. Park in the big lot. Head around clockwise to the first trailhead post on your right and drop in!
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Q: I have ridden it all of July, In good shape with a few blackberries reaching in. Not a problem though. You can stop and eat a few.

Q: Anyone ride this recently? Planning to ride it tomorrow and was just wondering the conditions?
A: It's wet and muddy and fun!

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  • Bad_Wolf_Mtb_27.5
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    This is a simple trail that fulfills a desire to get some miles on your bike. Except for a few random spots, there aren't any real technical spots, just lots of short climbs and short descents. I'm my opinion, fall/early winter is the best time to ride, before the rains come in. The trails are less crowded, and the brisk temperatures make for an enjoyable ride. I wouldn't call this a destination ride, but if you're nearby, it's worth checking out!

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  • e46fanatic
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    I have ridden this trail twice in the last two weeks. It is a 14 mile loop that takes me about 2.5 hours not including a break to eat (NOTE: it gets dark around 4:30pm this time of year). The trail constantly alternates uphill / downhill and is a real challenge. I learned after my first ride it is better to push my bike up many of the hills to conserve energy. I would say the trail is in good condition and not overgrown. I have only ridden it wet, and there is one spot with a lot of unavoidable mud, but it wasn't too sticky, and I was able to have fun with it. Much of the trail is covered with leaves right now, so the mud isn't a huge issue. Almost all junctions have signs pointing to the trail - ALMOST! If you take a wrong turn, you will figure it out very quickly. Also, there seems to be hardly anyone on the trail at this time of year. Embrace (and prepare for) the wetness, and you'll have a great time.

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  • jcarpentry802
    *****

    Fun trail, absolutely beautiful ride. Don't forget to bring disks for frisbee golf. The trail starts at the rainbow view pull off just past the main parking lot. It was a little confusing, first time, I will definitely go back!

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  • howdigethere
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    Not bad, Not great. The trail I rode was very overgrown with tree branches covering most of the trail. Very hard to maneuver when you are constantly ducking.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter
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    Great ride though it is slightly overgrown in spots and takes time to dry after a rain. Easy access to the park road surrounding the lake through out the ride, in case you want to double back.

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  • bbump
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    Good ride for the most part. Some tough small climbs for beginners. Not always clearly marked so follow the well trodden path. Goes all the way around the lake. May seem far and take long for beginners. But fun and not to difficult for riders of all levels. Great ride for anyone in the Portland area.

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  • UneasyRider
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    Since this trail hasn't been reviewed in nearly 4 years...it is nothing like the last review. Water erosion has caused a lot of damage on most of the trail. The majority of what I ran into was mud and puddles of water, I realize it's early spring and we're getting lots of rain but this looked like it had been there for a while. There are no trail markings or trailblazers ANYWHERE on the trail and with so many splits it's pretty easy to get lost and end up in the middle of a disc golf course.

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  • rja12
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    Everything is in fantastic shape. Some steep up hills that can challenge newbies....like myself. I went in with the wrong gearing on my SS (16 rear cog) so it was more difficult than what it should have been. Just a brain fart on my part. Beautiful out there right now.

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  • bjoggi308
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    Sweet trail with mud, roots, puddles, and some challenging short climbs. Dry's out in the summer and can be ridden pretty fast. Maintenance is not the best, and one needs to keep a close eye on black-berries and other vegetation (branches/grass) encroaching on the trail, if you are to get out unscathed later in the season.
    I ride this trail once per week (minimum) all summer long before and/or after work.
    Lot's of spiderwebs if you are first rider and can be very muddy when wet. Not too challenging as it follows the rolling hills around Hagg Lake. Plenty of opportunities to bail on the trail and hit the road, that circles the lake, if you get tired, or the trail is too wet/muddy. South side tends to be wetter and is more challenging. Seems easier to ride clockwise as you hit the slightly more difficult stuff earlier. Has some really nice short climbs and up to 10% grade. Easy to walk up for novices or beginners. My 9 year old son rode it on his BMX and just ran his bike up the hills.
    Does have some tight sharp drop-off''s into the lake in some places so it can be intimidating in spots, esp. when wet.
    Trail is either in tight or open Forrest areas, or open grassy vegetation. There are restrooms at all the parks (3-4) and water in some places. Great for a family all day ride with pick-nick areas every 4 miles or less. Not suitable for trailers.

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  • Andrew.Evey
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    Great Trail for long XC rides. Lots of trails and awesome scenery. Big ups and big downs, Mud, Rocks and drops.

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  • Altitude30
    *****

    I rode this trail in the rain a few days ago and it wasnt to bad. It was a little slick in a few spots where its really packed down and there are a few downed trees but other than that its an amazing trail!!!

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  • pacra12
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    This trail runs right around the lake. There are not any long downhill rides and can be ridden any direction. You control your speed by your pedaling. Be ready to make some climbs and for the low spots to have mud. When this trail gets wet it is mucky (since it runs next to a lake)

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  • mattjgonea
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    This is a fun trail filled with a variety of terrain, ranging from short downhill sections, thick wooded areas, open field single track, short but challenging uphills, and a little bit of road riding (This only happens when transferring from one trail to the other). Overall this is a good day trip trail and will test your endurance if you ride it in its entirety.

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