Gales Creek

Portland, Oregon

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From the cottonwoods and alders along Gales Creek, the trail climbs 632 feet through young Douglas-fir to its junction with Oregon Highway 6, the Wilson River Highway. The trail follows a railroad grade for a short distance. If your breathing is not too loud, you will hear the long melodic song of the winter wren, a small gray bird. The long, slow climb, with your head down and heart pounding, will give you a chance to watch for deer, elk, and bear tracks on the trail. The ride down the trail is exciting enough to make you forget how hard it was to climb to the highway. By starting your ride at Gales Creek, you become aware of most hazards on your way up. Downfalls and washouts may be encountered. Do not ride the trail if it is wet.

Gales Creek Professional Review and Guide

"From the cottonwoods and alders along Gales Creek, the trail climbs 632 feet through young Douglas-fir to its junction with Oregon Highway 6, the Wilson River Highway. The trail follows a railroad grade for a short distance. If your breathing is not too loud, you will hear the long melodic song of the winter wren, a small gray bird. The long, slow climb, with your head down and heart pounding, will give you a chance to watch for deer, elk, and bear tracks on the trail. The ride down the trail is exciting enough to make you forget how hard it was to climb to the highway.

By starting your ride at Gales Creek, you become aware of most hazards on your way up. Downfalls and washouts may be encountered. Do not ride the trail if it is wet."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 632 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1 hours
Season: Dry weather riding. A little rain makes the trail too slippery.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 1,990 feet
Local Contacts: Oregon State Department of Forestry 503-731-8200
Local Maps: Recreation maps from Oregon State Department of Forestry office. USGS: Timber
Driving Directions: Directions to Gales Creek

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May 2018