Portland area insight?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by HoosierTrailmaster, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    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
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  2. Ryel

    Ryel Been here awhile

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    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
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  3. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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

    Claytonroy Been here awhile

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  5. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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

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

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  6. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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

    Marine By Choice Sergeant 0311

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

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    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

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  9. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    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
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  10. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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

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    Like a little pavement now and then?

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  11. Mr Dual Sport

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    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.
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  12. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    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.
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  13. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Thank you, super helpful.
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  14. jc9995

    jc9995 Commuting BEAST :)

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    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".....
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  15. jc9995

    jc9995 Commuting BEAST :)

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    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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  16. tedder

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    Nice underhanded comment there. The question has been asked many times, but the answer is always don't move, Oregon is full and it rains too much anyhow.

    Here's a few threads.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740997
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740784
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=722586
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  17. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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  18. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    The dream of the suburbs is alive in vancouveria.
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  19. DireWolf

    DireWolf Knees in the Breeze

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    Where the young upper middle non-hipster non-enviro class go to retire.

    Or maybe that's Hazel Dell.
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  20. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    any further comments about vantucky will go political very quickly.
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