Sandy Ridge Trail
Just what is a Flow Trail? IMBA’s Jill Van Winkle thinks of it as “having a rhythm and tempo. It doesn't have to be smooth and easy as long as it's consistent.”
One great example is the Sandy Ridge Trail (SRT) System outside of Sandy, Oregon. IMBA Trail Solutions, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and local IMBA chapter Northwest Trail Alliance, has been developing this high-quality, bike-specific trail system since 2009.
Considering that nearby Portland is infamous for its lack of mountain bike singletrack, the Sandy trails provide a much needed outlet for riding. With several Trail Solutions staff located in the area, and overseen by a progressive land manager, SRT has become one of IMBA’s trail laboratories. We build, we ride, we tweak, we tune, we ride it again. It all happens in the name of providing riders with the best experience possible.
The trails that have been built and continue to develop at Sandy Ridge serve as a model that fuels the creation of new trails across North America and the rest of the world. Designed for all different experiences: rocky, rooty, flowy, jumpy, bermy, and pumpy; flow trails are really just all about putting a smile on your face.