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Paving complete on Springwater Trail

Cazadero now consists of three stand-alone segments


Cyclists, joggers, hikers ... rejoice.

The final two miles of the Springwater Corridor Trail have been paved.

The 21-mile trail now connects downtown Portland to Boring and is open to the public.

The Cazadero Trail, which will one day connect Estacada to Boring, picks up across the street from the Boring Station Trailhead Park, the terminus of the Springwater Corridor Trail.

Rocky Houston, the state trails coordinator for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, hopes that cyclists, hikers and equestrians will utilize the trail, though there aren't yet any trailheads that could accommodate horse trailers.

The first three sections of the trail are complete for the most part, but unfortunately they are not yet connected.

Oregon State Parks completed the first phase of the Cazadero Trail more than two years ago.

The segment runs three miles southeast of Boring where it stops at North Fork Deep Creek.

There's about a half-mile gap before the trail picks up again and runs from Bakers Ferry in Barton to Goose Creek for a 1.75 mile stretch.

There is a “wide section of the road” by the Bakers Ferry section that can hold four cars. “I almost don't want to call it a trailhead,” Houston said.

A quarter of a mile later, Phase 3 of the Cazadero runs 2.25 miles from Suttle Road to Eagle Creek to the old railroad Trestle by Highway 224.

A small trailhead on the northwest side of Eagle Creek Road is being constructed. It will hold ten cars.

“We're nearing substantial completion on Phase 3,” said Houston.

All that's left, he said, is to put up signs and guide wires for the PGE power lines.

Houston expects to complete Phase 3 in the spring.

Phase 4 is to connect the Phase 1 and 2 segments, but doing so requires the construction of costly bridges to cross the highway and creeks and about a half-mile of trail.

Parks and Recreation officials are pursuing grants in hopes of getting Phase 4 underway by September 2014.

Eventually, officials hope to that the Cazadero Trail will connect Boring to Estacada.

Once the segments connect, a cyclist could ride from downtown Portland to Estacada via the Springwater Corridor and Cazadero Trails.