In the Fire's Wake Tillamook State Forest

Forest Grove, Oregon

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A springtime walk in Tillamook State Forest, which was devastated by wildfire in the 1930s and 1940s, dramatically showcases the healing powers of nature. The 2-mile Gales Creek Trail descends 632 feet to Gales Creek Campground through a regrown forest of Douglas-fir. It was this part of the forest that was destroyed in the original 1933 Tillamook Burn. Today, the undergrowth is lush as the trail follows an old railroad grade and then skirts the east bank of the West Fork of Gales Creek before passing through a meadow of cottonwoods, red alders, and vine maples. As the trail nears the campground, it rejoins the old railroad bed, which was formerly used to haul freshly cut logs out of the forest by train.

In the Fire's Wake: Tillamook State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"A springtime walk in Tillamook State Forest, which was devastated by wildfire in the 1930s and 1940s, dramatically showcases the healing powers of nature. The 2-mile Gales Creek Trail descends 632 feet to Gales Creek Campground through a regrown forest of Douglas-fir.

It was this part of the forest that was destroyed in the original 1933 Tillamook Burn. Today, the undergrowth is lush as the trail follows an old railroad grade and then skirts the east bank of the West Fork of Gales Creek before passing through a meadow of cottonwoods, red alders, and vine maples. As the trail nears the campground, it rejoins the old railroad bed, which was formerly used to haul freshly cut logs out of the forest by train."

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Forest Grove
Duration: 3 hours plus driving time
Season: Best mid-April
Local Contacts: Tillamook State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to In the Fire's Wake: Tillamook State Forest

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