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Kelly from Columbia on 10/9/2020 3:39:52 PM:
The state park advisory map references a closure with no detour west of Portland. Is this still the situation?

 
Jen from St. Louis on 10/11/2020 9:07:46 PM:
The bridge west of Portland is still blocked via a fence and signs as of today. Not sure of I missed the detour sign, but I had to use google maps to make up a detour and pick up the trail at the Portland trailhead.

 
Kathy from Kirkwood on 10/12/2020 9:44:28 AM:
The State Parks dept says this will be closed until 2022 at least. It's a huge slide and will take careful engineering to shore up the cliff. They aren't recommending a detour because it requires riding on a section of 94 with no shoulder and fast traffic. I rode it without any issues on a weekday morning, but I'm comfortable with road riding.

 
Pat from Indiana on 10/18/2020 7:53:26 PM:
Our last leg this past week was from Marthasville to St. Charles. As stated, we did encounter not just the rock slide, but just before that, a bridge out, large tree across the trail, and then the rock slide...all within about 300 yards. Managed to negotiate our way around each of them. For the rock slide, although there is no recommended detour, it can be fairly easily negotiated (my directions are West to East). As soon as you roll up to the rock slide, there are a few medium sized boulders forming a 'chute' to the right of the trail. If you can lift your bikes down those few rocks, you will see a leafy path thru the woods to follow for maybe 40-50 yards to get back to the trail. We did it without much issues on Tuesday, 10/13 this past week.

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 10/19/2020 4:52:26 PM:
We navigated this closure on Sunday, heading west to east on a 3-day ride. I wish they would post something "suggested" even if not "approved." Were ages 66 & 72, and first negotiated the up-and-downhill paths around the bridge. Getting over the downed trees wasn't too bad. Then the rock slide --lifting and pushing-pulling out bikes over the rocks, then along the path, then back up onto the trail. It was a challenge. We're not big fan of road riding -- but a suggested detour might be better for some. Just sayin'!