Gales Creek Trail - Trail, Tillamook National Forest, Oregon

Gales Creek Trail - Trail, Tillamook National Forest, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 04, 2014]
Grady Bennett
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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!!

Similar Products Used:

Browns Camp Loop, Gales Creek

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 14, 2010]
CheeseMonkey
Weekend Warrior

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

Customer Service

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.

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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.

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4
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4
[Jan 07, 2007]
Roger
Downhiller

Great trail, lots of sweeping curves with some tight sections. A great ride! The trail is 9.2 miles out and 9.2 miles back. It climbes steady for 6.1 miles before dropping the rest of the way to Reehers Camp. The Gales Creek Trail also gives you access to the Story Burn Trail and from that to the Historic Hiking Trail.

Customer Service

Gales Creek Day-Use area to the Story Burn Trail to the Historic Hiking Trail. 8 miles out and back.

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 15, 2004]
mattsavage
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Sep 08, 2003]
todd
Cross Country Rider

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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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 19, 2003]
Tortoise
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

review the map and go exploring.

Similar Products Used:

Browns Camp, Hagg Lake

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 30, 2002]
Joker

I just rode this trail for the first time yesterday and had to post it for others to go thru the pain/thrill. I gave it 4 stars because I prefer loops to out/backs.

Customer Service


Out(pain)/Back(thrill)

Similar Products Used:

Browns Camp Loop.

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4
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[Jul 31, 2002]
TBone

A great trail. Good for anyone who wants to work on climbing, and have a DH on a nice trail.

Customer Service

For a short/hard ride, out and back. To punish yourself. Park in the day use lot. Ride back to the hwy and up to Brown's camp(3 miles?). Ride University falls loop(8 miles). Cross back over the hwy and down the short Gales Ceek trail(3miles back to lot). Now ride the original trail(13.5). After you can feel your legs again, you can drive home.

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5
VALUE
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[Sep 20, 2002]
OldSchool

Link this with the Historic Hiking Trial and check out University Falls while on the loop. Gales is a fun down hill -- all single track.

Ride on.......

Customer Service

Agree with Tbone.

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5
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[Apr 18, 2003]
JVAN

Loop alternative - take Storey Burn road to Bell Camp road up to the top trailhead. It's 14 miles of dirt road climbing for the 6+ mile descent. Get a map though, there are a lot of intersecting roads with little to no signs, easy to get turned around. It's not an overly strenuous climb and has some nice views and then you get one of the best downhills close to Portland.

Another alternative is to take the new trail (towards Gravelly Bros trail maybe?) left at the T when you cross the creek. This will climb a few miles to Storey Burn, you can turn right to make the loop or continue straight on that trail for a while down to the highway.

I don't recommend making a loop with Rogers road (the road out the end of the camping area) as it's very muddy and has active logging operations.

Customer Service

Storey Burn Road to Bell Camp Road to the top then down the singletrack

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I hear Dallas has a new Tanglewood trail after being clear cut last year.

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4
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