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Harris Ranch Trail

Drift Creek Wilderness Area

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • The Drift Creek Wilderness sign located just off of Highway 34.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • The parking area at Harris Ranch Trailhead.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Harris Ranch Trailhead #1347.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Wooden bridge on path.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Campsite at the end of the Harris Ranch Trail.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Sunlight streaming throught the dense forest in the Drift Creek Wilderness.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Campsite at the end of the Harris Ranch Trail.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Firepit at the end of the Harris Ranch Trail.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Campsite at the end of the Harris Ranch Trail.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Crayfish.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Healthy riparian habitat along Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Garter snake.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Foxglove (Digitalis).- Harris Ranch Trail
  • Drift Creek.- Harris Ranch Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Campsites near the creek. Old-growth forest. Fishing.
Cons: 
Steep trail. Limited hiking trails.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
-1,180.00 ft (-359.66 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,526.00 ft (465.12 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Drift Creek Wilderness area is a great place to escape the summer heat and crowds. Located in the Siuslaw National Forest, this hiking and backcountry camping area is close enough for a quick day or weekend trip, but isolated enough to really feel like you are miles away from anything.

The Harris Ranch Trail starts from the small parking area and descends 3 miles to the edge of Drift Creek. Don't let the short distance fool you into thinking the hike is completely easy, as you'll complete a 1,200-foot change in elevation on the inward trek. The trail is surrounded by old-growth forests of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and occasionally dense brush. Once you've reached the bottom of the trail, you'll find a few flat and cleared areas to set up tents. A nice rocky area next to the creek provides a perfect spot to lounge in the sun, have a snack, or cast a line into the creek. The creek is a spawning ground for Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout.

To access the northern half of the wilderness area, start at the Horse Creek Trailhead, 15 miles east of Highway 101 near the intersection of Ona Beach and Beaver Creek Road. The two areas are separated by the creek. Access to other trails in the area can be hard to find, and there is no bridge crossing the creek.

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