Gales Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Washington County, Oregon. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 900 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,012 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and a parking. The For day use and For day use parkings and the Gales Creek Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also a water well, a restrooms, and an information map along the trail.
Gales Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Mark Wigg, Mountain Biking Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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