Winchuck River, Packsaddle Mountain

Brookings, Oregon

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A beautiful drive along a river and then into the mountains for a view of the ocean from 18 miles away and 2,707 feet up. The route is paved to the Winchuck Campground and is wide with gravel to the Packsaddle Trailhead. The drive along Oregon’s southernmost river is picturesque and paved for the initial 8 miles, with lots of little farms. Winchuck Campground is full of trees, nature trails, and beautiful picnic spots. The pavement ends at the bridge over the Winchuck River, just beyond the Winchuck Campground, at the beginning of FR 1107. The first couple of miles are curvy and a little steep, with some tight switchbacks, but the road is gravel and pleasant. As you climb the ridge, there’s not much to see because of the dense forest. At mile 9, you arrive at Pallady Spring, a little picnic site with a steep, 0.5-mile trail down into a rocky fern gully with a creek at the bottom. Beyond Pallady Spring, you start passing long vistas and rock outcrops. But they’re nothing like the ones you’ll shortly see on Spur 220, at mile 10.

Winchuck River, Packsaddle Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"A beautiful drive along a river and then into the mountains for a view of the ocean from 18 miles away and 2,707 feet up. The route is paved to the Winchuck Campground and is wide with gravel to the Packsaddle Trailhead.

The drive along Oregon’s southernmost river is picturesque and paved for the initial 8 miles, with lots of little farms. Winchuck Campground is full of trees, nature trails, and beautiful picnic spots.

The pavement ends at the bridge over the Winchuck River, just beyond the Winchuck Campground, at the beginning of FR 1107. The first couple of miles are curvy and a little steep, with some tight switchbacks, but the road is gravel and pleasant. As you climb the ridge, there’s not much to see because of the dense forest. At mile 9, you arrive at Pallady Spring, a little picnic site with a steep, 0.5-mile trail down into a rocky fern gully with a creek at the bottom. Beyond Pallady Spring, you start passing long vistas and rock outcrops. But they’re nothing like the ones you’ll shortly see on Spur 220, at mile 10."

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Brookings
Distance: 37.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Local Contacts: Siskiyou National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Fourth of July Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Winchuck River, Packsaddle Mountain

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May 2018