Upper Salmonberry River Trail

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Trestle bridge on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Trestle bridge on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Trestle bridge on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Inside a railway tunnel on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Inside a railway tunnel on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Crustose lichens on alder trees.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • View from a trestle bridge.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Train trestle on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • View from a trestle bridge on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • An old boot under the trestle bridge.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Washout and track damage on the Upper Salmonberry River Trail.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Sword fern (Polystichum munitum).- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • - Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • A logjam alludes to the heavy precipitation the area receives.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • A view from a trestle bridge.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
  • Sections of the trail are becoming overgrown.- Upper Salmonberry River Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Coastal forest. Unique tracks, trestles, and tunnels. Flat hiking.
Cons: 
Heights. Damaged tracks and trail. Dark tunnels.
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Alerts: 
This trail is currently closed as access negotiations continue with the Port of Tillamook, which owns the land. No trespassing signs have been posted, and hikers risk being fined.
Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
12.50 mi (20.12 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,837.00 ft (559.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Salmonberry Corridor follows 86 miles of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railway, passing through a remarkable Coast Range landscape of wild rivers and Oregon coastline before it ultimately ends at the town of Tillamook. For many years this railway was used to transport timber and agricultural products over the Coast Range, but a 2007 storm delivered a crippling blow that rendered the tracks useless for rail transportation. The trail still very walkable, however, and it provides relatively easy access to some beautifully rugged landscape.

This upper portion of the trail is just a short drive from Portland, and it offers both there-and-back and one-way options. Either method presents hikers with stunning canyon views along impressive trestle bridges and train tunnels (bring a headlamp!).  The Salmonberry Corridor is a testament to the forces of nature, as large portions of the tracks are either mangled by washouts and landslides or are completely overgrown with trees and brush. It is often easier to abandon the track for quick detours around severely damaged areas. Make sure to watch your step as you cross the towering trestle bridges; portions have been damaged and some ties have fallen in places. If you are planning on a there-and-back trip, you will want to start on the Cochran Road end of the journey. The trail is around 6.25 miles from Cochran Road to the Beaver Slide Road crossing.

The Salmonberry Corridor is a truly unique experience, full of heights, dramatic scenery, and a sense of isolation. There are feasibility discussions currently underway between Oregon Parks and Recreation, the State Department of Forestry, the Port of Tillamook Bay, Cycle Oregon, and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad to transform the old railway into a bicycle and pedestrian path.

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