Hike Distance: 7.2 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1561.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 1487 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 204584 feet
We had some business to take care of in Beaverton, OR, and so decided on a hike nearby in Tillamook State Forest. LL Stub Stewart State Park has plenty of trails within it’s boundaries, and is also adjacent to the Banks-Vernonia Rails-to-Trails trail.
My only goal was to complete some trails in the area that I didn’t finish on previous hikes. The path we took was very odd, and I’d probably not recommend that to a first time visitor to the area. We parked at the Welcome Center, where there was plenty of parking. We then hiked down the Timber Beast Trail and intersected the Banks-Vernonia Trail. We headed north on the Banks-Vernonia Trail and intersected the Bumping Knots Loop Trail.
We didn’t realize just how extensive the Bumping Knots Loop Trail was and were pleasantly surprised. This is most likely used by mountain bikers, but today the trail was empty. The trail has the shape of the eye-of-a-needle, and is a total 5 miles long!!! A beautiful trail, that was almost completely leaf covered and a pleasure to walk upon.
We returned to the parking area along the Timber Beast Trail (another mountain bike like trail, but multi-use designated). We strolled along an interpretive trail when close to the car, as an addition to the hike.
A better day couldn’t be asked for. It was cooler, windy and had plenty of sun. We only saw a few bikers on the Banks-Vernonia trail, and the other trails were devoid of people. 🙂