Gales Creek

  • Difficult (to Coast Range summit)
  • 7.2-mile loop
  • 1200 feet elevation gain

  • Difficult (to Gales Creek switchback)
  • 8.2 miles round trip
  • 1000 feet elevation gain

At the crest of the Coast Range, where the devastating Tillamook Burn fires of 1933, 1939, and 1945 began, the regrown Tillamook State Forest has become such a popular destination that it is now divided into two recreation zones. South of Highway 6, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles whine through the woods. North of the highway, however, non-motorized recreation reigns. Sample this quieter area on a new network of trails at Gales Creek.

Drive Highway 6 to …

Two trails start here …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.