Gales Creek Trail Wilson River Highway Summit to Gales Creek Campground

Tillamook, Oregon

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Descend this newly reconstructed trail through vibrant, second-growth forest, from atop the Coast Range at the Wilson River Highway Summit to Gales Creek Campground. As you hike take note of the wide diversity of plant life and watch the creekbed for evidence of beavers at work. Leaving the Summit Trailhead the trail passes a signboard, then descends switchbacks and steps, through the second-growth forest of Douglas fir and alder. Vine maple and salal form much of the understory, along with Oregon grape and devil’s club. In places sword ferns nearly cover the forest floor.
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by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Descend this newly reconstructed trail through vibrant, second-growth forest, from atop the Coast Range at the Wilson River Highway Summit to Gales Creek Campground. As you hike take note of the wide diversity of plant life and watch the creekbed for evidence of beavers at work.

Leaving the Summit Trailhead the trail passes a signboard, then descends switchbacks and steps, through the second-growth forest of Douglas fir and alder. Vine maple and salal form much of the understory, along with Oregon grape and devil’s club. In places sword ferns nearly cover the forest floor.

© 2016 Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tillamook
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: April to October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Oregon Department of Forestry District offices in Forest Grove (503-357-2191) or Tillamook (503-842-2545)
Local Maps: Tillamook State Forest Trail Guide for Non-Motorized Trails along the Wilson River Corridor, available at the Tillamook State Forest Center and at Oregon Department of Forestry District offices in Forest Grove or Tillamook
Driving Directions: Directions to Gales Creek Trail: Wilson River Highway Summit to Gales Creek Campground

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