Hood River Area Trail Stewards: Post trails quick & dirty, parking pass reminder

Howdy Trail Folks,

You ride Post trails. You love Post trails. You sometimes think: How does this whole Post trails thing work? Wonder no more. Here’s a quick introduction to this unique trail network.

What is Post Canyon?

The Post Canyon trail system consists of about seventy-five miles of moto and non-moto recreational trails located within the 34,500-acre Hood River County Tree Farm. It is the area from lower Post Canyon Road up past Kingsley Reservoir. This is an unusual circumstance as mountain biking trails are often located on U.S. Forest Service or BLM land, but it’s the reality at Post. Revenues from the tree farm bring in roughly thirty percent of the money for the Hood River County general fund, or about $3 million.  

When did folks start recreating in Post?

By the early 2000’s, Post Canyon had become popular with local free riders, many of whom were fond of building sick drops and hairy skinnies up in the deep, dark woods. Only they didn’t have permission. (Oops!) 

The county cracked down on such creative efforts in the name of safety. But the fun didn’t die; the county formed a recreational trails committee made up of hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, runners, and moto riders to find a way to safely develop and maintain trails. The committee created a master plan including a non-binding ordinance that the county will maintain a recreational trail system for people to use. For more information, visit the Hood River County Forestry Department website

How do moto trails get built?

Moto trails are funded in relation to annual mandatory permits purchased by offroad users. That money goes into a state fund from which the county can apply for grants to build and maintain moto trails. But this money can’t be used to build non-motorized trails. 

How do non-moto trails get built?

That’s where the wonderful people we call Trail Adopters come in. These folks volunteer to be responsible for particular trails and sign agreements with Hood River County to maintain them. Each trail adopter acts as an ambassador for their trail. (Craig Spaeth, pictured below, was ambassador for El Dorado. Thank you, Craig!) When they see work that needs to be done, they ask for permission from the county and then often ask HRATS to fund it. That’s where you come in by contributing to things like our recent movie night at Dirty Fingers, Earth Day Concert with Vitamin D, annual calendar photo contest, monthly donations, and other random acts of generosity.

Wait. What? Non-moto and moto trails overlap?

Yes, Post Canyon contains moto and non-moto trails. This is unusual and pretty cool that we can co-exist and cooperate. Many trails are marked for non-moto use only. Some moto-trails are open to non-moto use. If you’re non-moto user, keep your ears open and yield to motos on those trails.

How many trail adopters are there?
Currently Post has twenty-two non-moto trail adopters and twelve moto trail adopters. 

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to be connected with a trail adopter to volunteer your time, send us an email at info@HRATS.

What else do I need to know?

While we have your attention, please remember to purchase your annual parking pass for Post Canyon. The cost is $5 per day or $30 per year. Go here for details and to buy a pass.

Also, please note that the upper portion of El Dorado was closed May 9th for tree felling and is expected to remain closed for about ten days. Please abide by closures for your safety and the safety of others.

Happy trails and spread the stoke!Trail Ambassador Craig Spaeth stops to capture a glam shot after a day working trail.Copyright © 2022 Hood River Area Trail Stewards, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Hood River Area Trail Stewards

1767 12th Street

Suite #209

Hood River, OR 97031



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