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MPond 03-18-2013 01:44 AM

Summer Roadtrip to the Oregon Coast
 
Hi,

We're planning a summer roadtrip that will include stops along the Oregon Coast including Cannon Beach, Newport, & Winchester Bay, and then south into CA.

Can anyone recommend any fun or scenic trails in those areas?

Thanks.

141 03-20-2013 01:56 PM

Winchester Bay has some pretty steep dunes for a Jeep. Head North to Florence and check out the dunes there. There is some trails around the South end and out by the beach. Stop at one of the local bike shops and get a whip flag and get a $10 sticker to be legal. Most of the logging roads around the Coast have the gates locked anymore. There is some Forest Service roads aound Florence that you can take East towards Eugene or North towards Newport and NE towards Philomath. You should head North of Cannon Beach to Tillamook and then head East to Browns Camp. The only legal wheeling trails around for the most part.

Longoddr1 03-20-2013 10:46 PM

Once you hit CA you could take 199 back up into Oregon to O'Brien and run the McGrew Trail. It's the original wagon trail from Paragon Bay over to Jacksonville that was built by Chinese laborers. You can run half the trail in about 4 to 5 hours, have lunch and run it backwards or take the main road back to O'Brien.

MPond 03-21-2013 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 141 (Post 15164885)
Winchester Bay has some pretty steep dunes for a Jeep. Head North to Florence and check out the dunes there. There is some trails around the South end and out by the beach. Stop at one of the local bike shops and get a whip flag and get a $10 sticker to be legal. Most of the logging roads around the Coast have the gates locked anymore. There is some Forest Service roads aound Florence that you can take East towards Eugene or North towards Newport and NE towards Philomath. You should head North of Cannon Beach to Tillamook and then head East to Browns Camp. The only legal wheeling trails around for the most part.

We may stop by the dunes, but we have sand toys at home for that (go to Pismo & Glamis all the time).

Can you suggest any specific logging roads with good views or interesting sights?

How much wheeling is there to do in Brown's Camp? Any good info on that?

Thanks.

MPond 03-21-2013 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Longoddr1 (Post 15167941)
Once you hit CA you could take 199 back up into Oregon to O'Brien and run the McGrew Trail. It's the original wagon trail from Paragon Bay over to Jacksonville that was built by Chinese laborers. You can run half the trail in about 4 to 5 hours, have lunch and run it backwards or take the main road back to O'Brien.

This is an interesting idea. Any more info on this? NF route number?

Thanks.

MPond 03-21-2013 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MPond

This is an interesting idea. Any more info on this? NF route number?

Thanks.

Never mind - I found it.

Question: it looks like the McGrew trail goes all the way back to Hwy 101. If we had limited time, would it be worth running the other direction, from the coast? Or is the scenery better on the inland side?

141 03-22-2013 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by MPond (Post 15172299)
We may stop by the dunes, but we have sand toys at home for that (go to Pismo & Glamis all the time).

Can you suggest any specific logging roads with good views or interesting sights?

How much wheeling is there to do in Brown's Camp? Any good info on that?

Thanks.

Dunes up here are a little different, as there is quite a few trees and forested areas, especially at Florence. Lots of trails and a couple small lakes out there. I grew up at the Coast, but it's been years since I spent any time in the hills down that way. Check out the US Forest Service page and you can order maps of the Umpqua National Forest. That's where most of those roads reside. Here's a link to the Browns Camp Map. You can also check out allot of the trails on Youtube, just type in Browns and you will get lots of video's.

http://www.oregon.gov/odf/tillamooks...s/tsfohv09.pdf

MPond 03-22-2013 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by 141 (Post 15174610)
Dunes up here are a little different, as there is quite a few trees and forested areas, especially at Florence. Lots of trails and a couple small lakes out there. I grew up at the Coast, but it's been years since I spent any time in the hills down that way. Check out the US Forest Service page and you can order maps of the Umpqua National Forest. That's where most of those roads reside. Here's a link to the Browns Camp Map. You can also check out allot of the trails on Youtube, just type in Browns and you will get lots of video's.

http://www.oregon.gov/odf/tillamooks...s/tsfohv09.pdf

Thanks. I had looked for a good map of Brown's Camp, but only found the campground map. That's quite helpful. :thumbsup:

I'll check out the Forest Service page as well.

Longoddr1 03-28-2013 08:38 PM

From the coast side it's pretty much all scenery and normal forest service roads. Long drive without any wheeling. You would save time heading to O'Brien and following the end of the trail going backwards. When are you planning to make your trip. Maybe a meet and lead would be fun. Keep everyone tuned into your plans and maybe it will work out.

McLovin 03-30-2013 04:34 PM

I'd recommend hitting the dunes in the North Bend Area, horsefall beach. The area is beautiful with lots of small to medium sized lakes to fish, lots of real trails that will lead you to miles of beach, and plenty of smaller more technical dunes where you can go slow and lift a few tires.

MPond 03-30-2013 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Longoddr1 (Post 15211337)
From the coast side it's pretty much all scenery and normal forest service roads. Long drive without any wheeling. You would save time heading to O'Brien and following the end of the trail going backwards. When are you planning to make your trip. Maybe a meet and lead would be fun. Keep everyone tuned into your plans and maybe it will work out.

Will do, thanks. :cheers2:

Once I get the details of the trip finalized, I'll post back here with the dates we'll be in the area, in case anyone is interested in a run.

MPond 03-30-2013 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by McLovin (Post 15219595)
I'd recommend hitting the dunes in the North Bend Area, horsefall beach. The area is beautiful with lots of small to medium sized lakes to fish, lots of real trails that will lead you to miles of beach, and plenty of smaller more technical dunes where you can go slow and lift a few tires.

That's good info, thanks. I'll add that to my trip notes.


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