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HoosierTrailmaster 01-27-2013 03:17 PM

Portland area insight?
 
Hi,

Probably don't hear it going this way as much as the other, but I am in Tucson and there is a chance my wife and I would be moving to the Portland area. I have been there a few times, but where would be a good place to settle? Looking for good upper middle class value vs. the "Hipster" place to live where you have to pay a super premium to be with the Hipsters.

Also, are there any good off-road places in Oregon, or has it gone total enviro protectionist. Love single track etc.

Allyn

Ryel 01-27-2013 03:43 PM

Lots of good places to live and ride in Oregon. You two will have to map out what you want and drive around a bit to get a feel for what you like.
best of luck to you both

Mista Vern 01-27-2013 04:11 PM

I can think of no bettter place for you than Molalla.

Claytonroy 01-27-2013 04:15 PM

Seriously?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HoosierTrailmaster (Post 20588043)
Looking for good upper middle class value vs. the "Hipster" place to live where you have to pay a super premium to be with the Hipsters.

:lol2


Quote:

Originally Posted by HoosierTrailmaster (Post 20588043)
Also, are there any good off-road places in Oregon, or has it gone total enviro protectionist. Love single track etc.

:lol3

MortimerSickle 01-27-2013 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoosierTrailmaster (Post 20588043)
...
Looking for good upper middle class value vs. the "Hipster" place to live where you have to pay a super premium to be with the Hipsters.

...

Don't believe everything you see on Portlandia. :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoosierTrailmaster (Post 20588043)
...
Also, are there any good off-road places in Oregon, or has it gone total enviro protectionist. Love single track etc.
...

Too much to list, so I will say just two words: Tillamook Burn.

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-D...-DvRQdgp-L.jpg

HoosierTrailmaster 01-27-2013 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MortimerSickle (Post 20588860)
Don't believe everything you see on Portlandia. :D


Too much to list, so I will say just two words: Tillamook Burn.

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-D...-DvRQdgp-L.jpg


Sweet, I love mud and slick roots...I got the rock thing down being in AZ so working on snot would be fun.

Marine By Choice 01-27-2013 05:36 PM

There are LOTS of fun places to ride in Oregon. From ocean to desert and everything in between. Good luck with the move.:clap

MortimerSickle 01-27-2013 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoosierTrailmaster (Post 20588874)
Sweet, I love mud and slick roots...I got the rock thing down being in AZ so working on snot would be fun.

I tired to get the link for the Tillamook trail map, but the site seems to be down.



Snot, or not, pick your season. :D

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q...-QFHCgvr-L.jpg

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-d...-dLsqjGD-L.jpg

HoosierTrailmaster 01-27-2013 05:51 PM

I'd like to be present to see you wrestle that 600 up that loose stuff...of course the beauty of an XR is you can just sit and twist the throttle

MortimerSickle 01-27-2013 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MarinByChoice (Post 20588924)
There are LOTS of fun places to ride in Oregon. From ocean to desert and everything in between. Good luck with the move.:clap

I just noticed this post, so yeah, +1.

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-F...-FTvWHrH-L.jpg

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q...-QTHdXtM-L.jpg

Like a little pavement now and then?

http://kensan.smugmug.com/photos/i-V...-VR4kqbt-L.jpg

Mr Dual Sport 01-27-2013 07:54 PM

There's two sides to Oregon
 
http://beachslandscapes.smugmug.com/...-6XgM2DF-L.jpg
:lol3
That said, I really liked living in Milwaukie the 5 years I spent up there. Most towns outside of Multnomah County aren't too bad. Great riding over there, Tillamook is awesome! Nestucca rules.

Scott_PDX 01-27-2013 08:23 PM

There's lots of good areas in all directions from the Hipster central area of the inner neighborhoods and east side of Portland. Traffic can suck, crossing from East to West so I'd be looking to pick one side or the other based on where you'll be commuting to.

For me, if I was to do it again, I'd pick areas on the sides of the valleys. If east, I'd be looking to Boring, Estacada or Sandy direction. Bit further out there, but very rural and closer to excellent riding on Mt Hood area, 8 months of the year (Low snow levels kill the riding in winter).

If you can go West, you have access to tons of trails up in the Tillamook State Forest. Browns Camp, Diamond Mill, Trask Mountain, Nestucca, Jones Creek are all major OHV areas with 100's of trails. You can ride that area year round, but sometimes winter trails are a bit limited. You also have the coast closer, which is always nice. Including excellent dune riding if you are into that type of thing. If you can make it to foothills like Banks, Yahmill, Carlton are pretty close to those mountains. Gotta watch that commute though. The west side has lots of nice sububan areas, and lots of ugly suburban areas. But it's a wide open area with lots of nice homes as well. Also consider skyline, Helvetia etc are other areas that have nice riding near by. Lots to choose from, just have to look around a bit.

HoosierTrailmaster 01-27-2013 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scott_PDX (Post 20590178)
There's lots of good areas in all directions from the Hipster central area of the inner neighborhoods and east side of Portland. Traffic can suck, crossing from East to West so I'd be looking to pick one side or the other based on where you'll be commuting to.

For me, if I was to do it again, I'd pick areas on the sides of the valleys. If east, I'd be looking to Boring, Estacada or Sandy direction. Bit further out there, but very rural and closer to excellent riding on Mt Hood area, 8 months of the year (Low snow levels kill the riding in winter).

If you can go West, you have access to tons of trails up in the Tillamook State Forest. Browns Camp, Diamond Mill, Trask Mountain, Nestucca, Jones Creek are all major OHV areas with 100's of trails. You can ride that area year round, but sometimes winter trails are a bit limited. You also have the coast closer, which is always nice. Including excellent dune riding if you are into that type of thing. If you can make it to foothills like Banks, Yahmill, Carlton are pretty close to those mountains. Gotta watch that commute though. The west side has lots of nice sububan areas, and lots of ugly suburban areas. But it's a wide open area with lots of nice homes as well. Also consider skyline, Helvetia etc are other areas that have nice riding near by. Lots to choose from, just have to look around a bit.


Thank you, super helpful.

jc9995 01-27-2013 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mista Vern (Post 20588366)
I can think of no bettter place for you than Molalla.

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones there Vern. :)

Do not listen to Vern, by no stretch of the imagination is Molalla hipster nor "upper middle class".....

jc9995 01-27-2013 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scott_PDX (Post 20590178)
There's lots of good areas in all directions from the Hipster central area of the inner neighborhoods and east side of Portland. Traffic can suck, crossing from East to West so I'd be looking to pick one side or the other based on where you'll be commuting to.

For me, if I was to do it again, I'd pick areas on the sides of the valleys. If east, I'd be looking to Boring, Estacada or Sandy direction. Bit further out there, but very rural and closer to excellent riding on Mt Hood area, 8 months of the year (Low snow levels kill the riding in winter).

If you can go West, you have access to tons of trails up in the Tillamook State Forest. Browns Camp, Diamond Mill, Trask Mountain, Nestucca, Jones Creek are all major OHV areas with 100's of trails. You can ride that area year round, but sometimes winter trails are a bit limited. You also have the coast closer, which is always nice. Including excellent dune riding if you are into that type of thing. If you can make it to foothills like Banks, Yahmill, Carlton are pretty close to those mountains. Gotta watch that commute though. The west side has lots of nice sububan areas, and lots of ugly suburban areas. But it's a wide open area with lots of nice homes as well. Also consider skyline, Helvetia etc are other areas that have nice riding near by. Lots to choose from, just have to look around a bit.

Yup what Scott said. He knows his shtuff..... Just gotta watch him a bit or hell suggest the areas with the best taverns. :)


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