Salmonberry River

Enright, Oregon

Salmonberry River Professional Review and Guide

"Have you ever wanted to wander off down the railroad tracks? This is your chance. The Port of Tillamook Bay allows hiking access on this (still active) 16-mile section through a roadless canyon in the Coast Range."

Salmonberry River Reviews

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THIS TRAIL DOES EXIST but it is closed until autumn for the fire season. As per the Tillamook RR, no trespassing signs are posted to protect the RR's liability.
this trail no longer exists - both ends of the trail are closed
This is a unique and interesting "trail". We started from the Cochran Pond, as recommended in the guide. We walked downhill for probably 4 miles before turning around and heading back. Where the railroad wasn't too high above the river we found a spot to scramble down the bank so we could enjoy sitting by the river. Quite pleasant! <p> We saw two trains. One we didn't hear until about a minute before it came around a bend. It hadn't been blowing its whistle, so we only knew it was coming because of the rumbling noise it made. We were in-between two close trestles and fortunately had enough room to squeeze ourselves against the bank while the train passed. When the other train passed, we were already taking a break along the tracks. It also did not blow its whistle through the canyon, although it did once it saw us sitting by the tracks. We also saw three maintenance trucks with their special railroad wheels. <p> Be warned that the map in the book is a little off-scale. We traveled a long distance after the second tunnel, and looking at the map we should have reached the third tunnel, but we never did. <p> This is really pretty in springtime. Everything is really green, and all the side creeks are bubbling along. I'd give this one a try if I were you!
This hike was easy and yet rewarding. Kind of sketchy at parts due to the fact that you walk across large trusses with nothing to catch yourself upon if you mis-step across the railroad ties. One truss is amazingly high above the canyon.The solitude was great; I only saw two other people. It was kind of startling when I did though because I was half way through one of the longer nearly pitch black tunnels when I saw their figures approaching in the center of a pinhole of light. Be careful, the tunnel they recomend going around is caved in so not only can you absolutely not see without a head lamp, the tracks literally have fallen down a 15 foot hole. Go around!!!
This was a good trail for a beginning backpack experience. My first for many years and my girlfriends first ever. We started at the trail head at Cochran Pond and walked down hill at a leisurely pace for about half the day enjoying the scenery and the railroad. We only traveled seven miles or so to the big tunnel that you have to bypass. It is a bit of a challenge to hike on the tracks but the fun of going through the tunnels and over the tressals makes up for it. We saw no other hikers on Saturday and only one other hiker on Sunday. There were lots of wildlife and walking close to the river and streams was nice for aesthetics as well as water resupply (once filtered and treated of corse). There was a maintenance vehicle on one day and it sort of surprised us in one of the tunnels but it was moving slow and we heard it coming, and a train the next day that we heard in plenty of time to get off the tracks and take a break before we saw it. The trail surface, being rail tracks, is the only real downfall to this hike, and may be the difficult descents down to the river in places if you chose to leave the tracks. But other than that the river is beautiful and the hike moderate in challenge, being mostly level, is enjoyable.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours to do the whole thing
Access is typically closed from early July to mid-October because of fire season
1,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,800 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Rogers Peak, Cook Creek
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Jun 2018