Browns Camp - TRAIL

Browns Camp - Trail, Portland...ish, Oregon

This trail is one of the best trail I have ridden in oregon. It has no bad side. It is 98% technical singletrack loop that rolls and dips. There are some spots that get really technical and are great places to have ego battles with friends to see who can ride without dabbing. There is a waterfall you can include and PLENTY of forest scenery. The trail is physically challenging in places and will keep you engaged. Bring plenty of water. There are no trailhead fees. The trail starts and ends in uphills. The loop ends in a gravel area about 200 yards from the parking lot that you see on the way in. It is best to ride this trail with someone who knows it (like me...e-mail me with questions) or to have a map and a good portion of time. There are very few places to lose the trail where it crosses gravel roads. This is a physically and technically challenging trail, but the rewards are huge. GIVE IT A TRY!

User Reviews (50)

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david   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2016]

Does anyone have a recent TR for Brown's Camp? I hear there is a lot of logging activity and the trail is being compromised...

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4
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3
smileskt   Cross Country Rider [Oct 06, 2012]

GREAT trail!!! Pretty easy to navigate if you follow the hiking trail signs. We had more trouble finding State Route six. We are from Northern California so we loved the shaded trail. Loved the downhill parts, had to walk some of the uphill (out of shape). Lots of fum sections to practice you skills. We are not intermediate riders, more beginner/intermediate, but we were able to finish the trail and enjoyed it!! Thanks for all the tips.

Customer Service

Historic Route trail, start to the right of the bathrooms on the extreme uphill

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5
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4
spiderfro   Weekend Warrior [Aug 28, 2011]

Great trail!!! I was on business trip from SoCal, and yesterday, I rented Mojo HD from Fat Tire Farm (great services!!!). I loved this trail!!! Great weather to ride too. It has lots of short climbs, twisty fast single track with roots and rocks. I'm used to loose dirt and rocks in SoCal, but this trail as covered in shade by tall trees. I loved every minute of it. I also met couple of guys at the trail head, and they were nice to let me tag along. I'm glad I did because there were few forks on the trail and I would have gotten lost for sure. One of the best rides I had in a long time!

Customer Service

Do not use the coordinates it is completely off!!! Follow the trail direction as it is written.

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4
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3
tefloncat   Racer [Apr 24, 2011]

Hands down BEST local single track within 45min of Portland. If I hand to pick only 1 trail I could ride the rest of my life this would be it. It offers everything for the intermediate to Pro, in my opinion you can practice all your skills yet at no point are you going to kill yourself. No long uphill drags or brake fading recents. That being said lots of technique building sections. Man I love this ride, can you tell? And if 1 lap isn't enough reverse direction and do 1 more or add Gales Creek.

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5
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4
Shaun   Weekend Warrior [May 05, 2010]

Great Trail for a Saturday morning Ride. It was my first time riding in a couple years and this trail looked promising. My buddy and I found the parking lot and didn't see where the trail started, since the only main trail is a OHV/ATV trail that goes up the hill on the right side of the restrooms. Once you head up that trail you'll see the Historic Trail sign and you'll follow that for the rest of the trail.

Overall it was a tough trail in the mud. We had fun with it though and walked for a bit of the trail since it was so bad and some roots were very slippery. I did this trail on a non-suspension Diamondback and it was not as fun, but I just picked up an Iron Horse 3.6 Warrior so we'll see how that goes.

Customer Service

Take the trail clockwise. It would seem very hard the other way around.

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5
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4
JPDX   Cross Country Rider [Nov 18, 2009]

This is probably one of the most fun and challenging trails in the Tillamook forest. It is also one of the few loops you can do near Portland. The trail is mostly conifer forest, but towards the end there are more leaf trees and more mud, so only ride when dry or when it has not rained in at least a few days. I’ve ridden this trail on my hardtail (no fun, very rough) and on my FS bike. This trail is made for a good FS bike. It’ll make the climbs and roots a lot more fun. It’s always a fun cultural experience to watch the white trash motorbike folks out there too, they are actually pretty nice and keep to themselves.

Customer Service

Clockwise, I skip the first hill and go around on the road, keep left and catch the trail about 1 mile out on the right. It’s a decent warm up. Next time I go, I am going to ride out to the waterfall, then turn around and head back on trail. That way you will finish with a downhill and avoid the Gravell Bros. trail which is the most technical messed up climbing I’ve ever done. Lots of hike a bike in the last 2-3 miles. It’s still fun as a 8 mile loop, but I hate finishing on uphill forest roads!!

Similar Products Used: Gales Creek, the backside in the Timber area. Reehers camp trailhead. Ride that up all the way (gets steep in the last mile), then back down. 3 miles of total downhill. Watch for horses though. There are a couple other trails here now too not on the maps, they are good warm ups with almost no people or bikes ever on them.
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4
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5
CRAIG m   Cross Country Rider [Jun 18, 2009]

Pine needles on just about the whole trail. In Tillamook State Forest. OHV Area. It's a primo ORV Quad/ dirt bike area, But it's got a completly seperate trail for mt bikes.
It is signed "Historic hiking trail" throughout the trail. I would guess that is to keep the dirt bikes off. Seems like a good idea. Made it through the whole trail with out getting lost W/O a map or guide. Untill the end where the signage is messed up. I was kind of worried that I would get lost for hours. I went back to the trail exit and looked for bike tracks and I also heard the sound of hwy 6 and got out fine.
All in all I might like to do it as an out and back for 16 tough miles. There is also other trails That looked good too. Not really in Portland but its a kick ass trail have fun!

Customer Service

Out and back?

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4
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3
johnstoc   Weekend Warrior [Jun 05, 2007]

GREAT trail west of portland. Nice singletrack loop with some great, challenging, rocky, rooty ascents and descents. Waterfall is right off the trail and a great place for a break. I ride this trail often and would recommend it to anyone looking for an aggressive XC / All mountain ride. About 1 mile of the trail is shared with ATV's, so keep an eye out.

Work is currently being done to the trail (6/2007) to reroute the trail... but i like the old route better so i still hit it.

Watch out for rednecks that like to rev their dirtbikes and do wheellies, burnouts, and haul *** around the parking lot. Also look for them when the trail crosses ATV/dirtbike trails. Also, you will hear gunshots all over the place, you won't get shot at but i'd stay away if they bother you.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot and ride it CCW. Begins and ends in BRUTAL climbs that only a champion will be able to clean.

Similar Products Used: Hagg lake is a fun 13 mile loop. I have heard that Gales Creek Trail (Very close) is also good.
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5
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4
doug5150   Cross Country Rider [Oct 02, 2006]

First Portland area trail and it was a hit!! Very fun tech climbs, rocks/roots/ruts. The trail was so nice that I kept thinking that I was going to get in trouble for riding on it. The downhill sections were a scream!! nothing to hard - just fun for an experienced rider. I am giving it a 4 just because of the high red neck factor, Lots of gun fire and moto bikes. I swear to god we heard a fully automatic rifle.

Customer Service

out and back. The loop is way too short. be sure to check out the falls.

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4
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3
LeeMan   Racer [Jul 15, 2006]

This trail really starts from Rogers Camp, now Browns Camp. Rogers Camp is the first parking area you come to when you turn off the highway (just west of the summit) and take the "T" left about 1/4 mile. Rogers Camp is a couple of miles farther down the road, and not on this trail.

This trail is also called the Historic Hiking Trail, and really connects 3 different trails to make a loop.

You can also connect this with the Story Burn trail and make a loop that includes Gales Creek (though I recommend taking that trail down and not up).

Customer Service

I have only tried it clockwise, but I think if I do both loops together, the best direction on this trail will be CCW.

Also, if you don't like parking by all the motos (and all the dust that involves), there are several places where this trail crosses dirt roads. For example, the University Falls trail head would work.

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4
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3
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