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Hiking from Portland to the Coast: An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails

Hiking from Portland to the Coast: An Interpretive Guide to 30 Trails

by James D. Thayer


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A guidebook for both experienced and casual hikers, Hiking from Portland to the Coast explores the many trails and logging roads that crisscross the northern portion of Oregon’s Coast Range. While showcasing convenient “looped” routes, it also describes complete throughways connecting Portland to the coastal communities of Seaside and Tillamook.

Designed to both inform and entertain, each of the 30 trails described includes a “backstory” highlighting the rich histories of Native Americans, white settlers, loggers, and railroad operators.

While suitable for hikers, equestrians, and bikers, many of these trails have never been surveyed for recreational use. All are meticulously surveyed and described here, alongside detailed and annotated maps. Some trails are located on private timber holdings, accessible only by paid permit, while access to others is free. In most cases vehicular traffic is not permitted; neither is camping, littering, or making fires. From time to time, access may be restricted due to fire danger or commercial activity.

The maps, notes, and tips provided in Hiking from Portland to the Coast will be invaluable for those adventurers who wish to wander far from the beaten track. Less intrepid explorers will find plenty of short and scenic exploratory hikes in the forests that parallel Highway 26 to Seaside or Highway 6 to Tillamook.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870718779
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

JAMES D. THAYER is a hiking enthusiast and local history buff. He is the author of Portland Forest Hikes and manages, a popular hiking website. In1985, Thayer was elected as the first president of the Friends of Forest Park. He also served as president of Oregon’s World Affairs Council. Currently, he sits on the Columbia Land Trust’s executive board, the Oregon Recreational Trail Advisory Council, and the Salmonberry Trail Development Committee.


Table of Contents

Preface 9

Five Pieces of Practical Advice for the Oregon Hiker 11

1 Sauvie Island Loop 17

"Sauvie" Island? 18

2 Jackson Creek 23

Peeling Back the Layers 26

3 Vedanta Society Retreat 31

The Case for Proliferation 34

4 Gourlay Creek Grade-Line Road 37

A Cautionary Tale and Some Advice 40

5 Barrow Trail 43

Lords of the Lower Columbia River 45

6 Buck Mountain Via Pisgah Home Road 51

Moonshining on the Lower Columbia River 57

7 CZ Trail 61

Kerfuffle in the St. Helens Schoolyard 69

8 Bunker Hill 73

A Perilous Country 76

9 Banks-Vernonia Trail 81

Grange Dances 85

10 Hoffmann Road to Scappoose Via Bacona 89

Kanakas and Klickitats 92

11 Salmonberry Trail-From Manning Trailhead to the Walcott Tunnel 99

Kamaikin and the Klickitat War of 1855 100

12 Cape Horn Traverse 107

Contagion 109

13 Ridge Road to the Walcott Tunnel 115

The Brazil Roll 117

14 Scofield Road to the Walcott Tunnel Via Ridge Road 123

Be Careful What You Ask For 126

15 Bloom Lake 131

When Bullwhackers Ruled the Forest 132

16 Rock Creek 137

A Million Board Feet a Day 138

17 Steam Donkey Trail 143

Muskets and Tall Tales 143

18 Timber Road to Camp Divide 147

Wishing for a Wet Mattress on a Hot August Day 152

19 Gales Creek Loop Via Round Top 155

Memelose 159

20 Gravelle Brothers Trail and University Falls 163

Salem-to-Astoria Military Road 164

21 Rogers Peak 173

Gyppo Logging 177

22 Elk Mountain and Kings Mountain Loop 183

Tales from the Salmonberry River 185

23 Upper Salmonberry Trail (Beaver Slide Road to Cochran Pond) 191

Between the Impenetrable and the Immeasurable 198

24 Lower Salmonberry River 203

The Bushwhack from Hell 211

25 North Pork of the Salmonberry Trail 217

The Lidgerwood 223

26 Triple C Trail 227

Animals to Avoid 230

27 Four County Point Trail 233

The Wreck of the 104 234

28 Saddle Mountain Ascent 239

Settling the Necanicum River Valley 240

29 Humbug Mountain Ascent 245

Following the Golden Rule 246

30 Ridge-Runner's Delight 253

Gone-to-the-Spirits 258

Index 263

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