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Gales Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Out/Back trail, 6.8 miles one way. Put on your climbing shoes out is pretty much all up. The ride back is fast and fun. I say the climb is worth it, this could be a topic of debate.
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Latitude
45.644768217751924
Longitude
-123.3984375
Trail Directions
From Hwy 26 the trailhead is located off Hwy 6 just before Browns Camp. Follow the signs for Gales Creek Campground and look for the hiking trail signs. The trailhead is in the day use area. There are two trails, if you are looking at the posted map take the trail to your right.
Trail Length
13.6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tillamook National Forest
   


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Review Date
July 4, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Grady Bennett ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you're an avid mountain biker and are going to the Oregon coast but aren't really into freezing ocean water activities, take your mountain bike along and steal a few great rides in the Tillamook National Forest. There are some truly incredible rides and the Wilson River Trail is one of them.
I rode the 20 miles from the Elk Creek trailhead to the Keenig Creek trailhead stopping midway at Jones Creek where my wife's ride ended. This is one of those rides that you can seriously open up and fly through the woods without touching the brakes much. It is smooth and like riding on paved dirt. The overall vertical will get your legs and lungs burning and it's not easy physically but technically it is fast and furious. This ten mile section will put a permanent grin on your face and confirm why you love to mountain bike so much. The trail is perfectly maintained obviously and you are constantly on the side of steep mountainous terrain overlooking the river keeping you locked in and focused while you do try to steal some incredible views of the river hundreds of feet below. There are only a few sections of exposed trail with nothing but cliffs and the river to your left however so if you do drive off the trail there should be plenty of trees, brush and wild raspberry bushes to catch you.
The 10 miles from Jones Creek to Keenig Creek was a completely different experience but still a blast for those who love adventure on a mountain bike. Following the signs and staying on the trail was much trickier for starters. There were so many junctions and road crossings and the trail became hard to see and find at many junctures. The terrain became a bit more technical with more rocks and roots and a lot of overgrown sections where the trail was difficult to see. From Jones Creek to the Footbridge river crossing was still a 6 mile blast though. Unfortunately, I did not know that the final 4 miles from Wolf Creek to the end was closed due to extensive trail damage so the end of my ride was a long slog through a jungle of brush. There were 2 miles in the middle of it where brand new trail maintenance has been done and when this section gets entirely finished, Oregon will have a hidden gem in the Wilson River Trail.

Recommended Route:
Elk Creek to Wolf Creek and when the final 4 miles are completed, all the way to Keenig Creek. I read somewhere that a goal is to someday extend this trail all the way to the coast for 40 miles of pure bliss. Please tell me when this gets done because I'm IN!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Browns Camp Loop, Gales Creek



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Review Date
July 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: CheeseMonkey ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very fun and technical single track trail. Lots of nice scenery!

Recommended Route:
Started at the Gales Creek trail head. Decided to do the 3.1 mile climb UP Storey Burn then descend down the other side on the other half of the Storey Burn trail from the Storey Burn Trail Head. A very fun technical downhill ride!

Since I didn't feel like going back up Storey burn I took the shorter easier way up the wide gravel Storey Burn Road off of HWY 6 back to the Storey Burn Trail Head. My reward was to go down the same section of Storey Burn that I went up earlier.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you have time and don't get too tired, I recommend adding the Old hiking Trail loop to this ride. Starting from Rogers Camp, going clockwise.



Comments
CheeseMonkey (07/14/2010)
Here is the route on Everytrail.com

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=704339

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Review Date
May 15, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mattsavage ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Super fun single track. We chose to climb the road to the top and then drop back down on the singletrack. Worth the grueling logging road climb. Actually, the climb isn't that bad, I'm just a little out of shape.

Recommended Route:
I don't know yet, only ridden it once.



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Review Date
September 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: todd ,  Cross Country Rider , from Hillsboro, OR

Summary:
Suggestion to riders planning on routes involving upper Storey Burn Rd., Bell Camp Rd, or other area routes: contact the Tillamook State Forest by web http://www.odf.state.or.us/areas/northwest/tillamook/tsf/fireregs.asp
or phone when the fire risk is "High" or greater. Currently (since 9/2) OHV routes and forest roads here are closed.
Otherwise, enjoy your ride.



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Review Date
July 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tortoise ,  Cross Country Rider , from Portland

Summary:
Pretty good trail, and not too far from Portland. The climbs were pretty grueling and I ended up walking like 3 times. Whoever posted this trail on this website says its an out and back but you can make a loop very easily. Check out the map at the trailhead and create your own route. I think I'll combine this trail with the University Falls/Browns camp trail next time I do this.
There are a few trails that start from the gales creek campground. They all seem pretty fun but they all have a lot of uphill.

Recommended Route:
review the map and go exploring.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Browns Camp, Hagg Lake



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