Ok Portland crew, I need some help. So, my Wife is about to accept a job in Portland and I am starting to do my research on local mtb trails. Riding is basically my life. Currently, living in northern VA, I can ride my xc bike every day of the week cause there are 3 or 4 local xc spots withing a 20 min drive. We also have some epic weekend rides within a 90 min drive. There is also a local Dirt jump spot with some pretty big stuff within 10 minutes and some knarly Shuttle runs within an hour. There is also 2 lift access resorts within 4 hours for weekend trips. The mountains are small compared to Oregon, but there is a good scene of riders who build and maintain the trails that makes them enjoyable. Since the weather is pretty mild here, I can ride all year long. I work form home on my own schedule, so basically I ride at least one of my bikes every day. I have always assumed that in Portland there would be a much bigger mtb scene and that there would be more local riding options as well as weekend riding spots than there is in Norther VA. However, I am getting worried because I am having a hard time finding good riding in and around the Portland metro area. I have found what looks to be pretty amazing riding 60 to 90 minutes out such as Blackrock, Mt Saint Hellens, Sandy Ridge and a bunch of stuff along the Hood river, but nothing really close enough for a quick mid week 2 hour ride. I ave found a few Dirt Jump spots such as Gratto and Meldrum Bar, and as for Downhill riding, I know Timberline has lift access stuff and there are some shuttle spots out near Post Canyon. So my questions for you guys are: Is there any good local Singletack close enough for a weekday ride? If so, where would be a sweet place to live centrally located to various riding spots, including Dirt jumps? Could you possibly live in a spot where you can ride to a few different trail heads from your door? Where is the best places to look for trails and Get MTB info in the Portland Area, any bike shops I should contact or forums I should post in? Is there any local races or racing series, XC, endurance and/or enduro? How is the Downhill, Freeride and Dirt Jump scene? Do those DJ spots still exist? how is the riding at Timberline? Thanks in advance. ride on!