We went in January and found newts. The forest of was super lush and gorgeous. Nice little climb to the lake. The lake was nothing to get excited about.

trail is closed

hiking
2 months ago

Basic hike easy enough for beginners, we took our almost 2 year old and he did pretty good. Mostly uphill on way too lake making for easier hike back. Lake is pretty, although not accessible really. Unless you wanna get kinda gross. Saw a few people in and out during our hike.

Trail was amazing, but I would put this disclaimer that I unfortunately failed to read from others. DO NOT DRIVE A CAR TO THE BOTTOM OF BEAVER SLIDE RD, YOU WILL GET STUCK. Unfortunately had to learn this the hard way while with my wife and baby. Luckily we had enough supplies, but we were stuck about halfway back up the road on the way up and ended up hiking about 5 miles up the road until we were lucky enough to run into some locals that were able to pull us back up the road. The car survived but definitely got very scrapped and beaten. So I will say again; DO NOT GO ON THIS TRAIL WITH A CAR, YOU MUST OWN A TRUCK.

May 2018 update. This trail is no longer open to the public and there are many signs that it is private property and closed as it is no longer safe. The other name for this hike is the Salmonberry trail. CLOSED

Tried to make it out here today. First, we drove past the trailhead, we thought it might have been the trailhead cause we drove over railroad tracks but our Google Maps told us to keep going. We only went a bit further though before it started to snow so we turned around and went back to where we'd crossed the tracks to give it a try. However, when we got out of the car there was audible gunfire from nearby. Turns out the trails runs parallel to an area where people like to practice shooting, even though there we signs that said "no shooting" (but they had bullet holes in them...) Anyways, we opted not to try since we weren't sure it was the correct trail head and the proximity of the gun range to the trail seemed too dangerous for our comfort. Once home I confirmed that the area with the gun range was the trailhead so we may go back later in the year when it isn't snowing.

Cool, easy out and back. Impossible to get lost since you just follow the railroad. Trail is becoming overgrown which is beautiful imo. Very cool old railroad structures. Careful on the bridges and in the tunnels.

so it only lost a star because it is covered in a foot of snow at the moment, making for a tougher trek. beautiful though. I'll definitely go back. we made it 2.5mi in to the first tunnel but turned back because of snow. I HAVE to go back to see the bridges.

Beautiful trail minus the fact that the trail is not maintained at all and it's more trekking. Wonderful bridges and open areas that provide great views of the forest!

It was difficult in the way of debris and lack of maintenance. It was a beautiful hike with awesome artifacts to see along the way. If you’re hiking it in the winter/rain I strongly advise to wear water proof shoes and there are areas where your feet will either sink or swim.

amazing time with great friends. easy hike with one mudslide to cross

Well came back out to do the hike, I thought there were some boxes cars out here didn't see them.... why I am giving it a 2 is because I got 3 ticks on me and all of them were embedded in me. This is the first time I have been bit let alone by all 3.... TICKS TICKS TICKS

Not much of a workout as far as elevation gain goes but by far my favorite walk in the woods I've taken in along time. Beautiful forest views with cool defunct railroad gear. Bring a flashlight, the tunnel is dark and creepy.

Really cool place to go, didn't quite beat my expectations though. Maybe the 'other side' of the trail/rail is much more cool. We only hiked for 1.5 hours up the trail/rail. Unfortunately I'd only give it 3 stars just because of the long drive up there. (Especially from where we live).

12/31/17 4wd will definitely be needed once you enter the forrest. This hike truly is a GEM and has everything you could ask for in a hike. The railroad is quickly becoming overgrown and washed out so enjoy it while you can. Not recommend if scared of heights and the tracks are very slippery when wet. My dog was terrified of the bridges so be careful.

We didn't get to make it to far down this trail, the person I was with wasn't a hiker and didn't want to go the distance. This was a busy area we ran into 2 different groups, one was 2 guys and they climbed up to the top of the bridge by the parking. I would recommend a good pair of boots as the rocks are rather rough on regular shoes. This was a nice drive and pretty area will be back to finish it:

hiking
7 months ago

A solid 3 stars. A nice climb takes you to the lake. Although, it could be argued that the destination be named Bloom Pond.

I have hiked this trail on 3 separate occasions now, and it is my absolute favorite to date. I wouldn’t start at beaver slide unless you have a 4wd to make it down to the trail head, but you can access the other trail head in any vehicle easily. Either way I fully recommend this trail.

Loved the eerie feel and spookiness of it. The end is Cool, you get to climb aboard an abandoned train. Not very difficult, just long

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is closed until further notice. Not maintained and covered with leaves. Apparently they’re logging in the area.

Beautiful fall walk! Will do this one again

1. You have to find good driving directions online otherwise you'll never find the parking lot. Use your odometer!
2. Technically this trail is on private property which means that you're trespassing AND the "trail" isn't maintained.

I didn't go the whole distance but really enjoyed getting to Big Baldwin Bridge!!

So I'll first say that I didn't do the entire distance, we probably did around 3 miles or so heading east from the bottom of Beaver Slide Road toward the trailhead near Cochran Road. This small section alone was worth the effort.
DO NOT underestimate Beaver Slide Rd. I wouldn't recommend driving it unless you have the most capable of 4x4 vehicles, the ruts are truly nasty and I would estimate the grade to be around 25% at best, and nearing 40-45% at worst. The hike down is steep, but if you're coming back, the return hike up is an ass-kicker.

Ok, so once down, the rail trail is amazing. To see how nature is retaking the trail in some sections is pretty great. Sections of the rail have been washed out leaving suspended tracks, and you'll need to plan on some minor bushwhacking as well. I only scratched the surface of this hike, and from what I understand the 2 main trailheads (one at Foss Rd and one at Cochran) have very clear "no trespassing" signs all over the place. I want to investigate this more, but it seems the easier access areas could result in a fine.

This a a really neat trail BUT, lots of issues. 1. You are trespassing which I didn't know until we got to the other end of the trail where I think that most locals start out the trail at and there is a sign that the railroad is not a trail and is closed to public use which is a bummer. It says they are working on making it into a trail but it's too hazardous for public use. 2. It was very hard to find, you have no service when you get up there lucky I had navigation in my vehicle so we found it but took some time. 3. If you go to the trail head the All Trails app gives you when you get to the last part where you get to the beaver slide rd you should walk in the rest of the way. I drove a full size lifted truck down it and back and my brakes were on fire going down it and coming back my truck was flexed out on the dips you had to go through.

I'm giving it 5 starts because the trail was awesome even if it was a little sketchy in some areas. There are about 4 cool bridges and 4 tunnels. 2 of the 4 tunnels had some debris that had fallen from the roof of them which was a little nerve racking. I would go again.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun hike super easy flat out and back...it may have involved trespassing not entirely clear.

10 months ago

Not enough blooms. Or too many. Not sure. Either way, not impressed.

This is an enchanted forest indeed!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is in good shape and the road noises disappear pretty quickly. The lake is nice, not spectacular just nice. Definitely worth stopping by on the way to the coast.

If you're doing the whole trail, it's roughly 18 miles. Took us 3 days last summer, make sure you have off road tires to survive the logging road to the trail, parts of the trail were falling apart and lots of sketchy climbing to get around those parts and I don't imagine the trail being easily so able in the near future because of it. Other than that this trail was the best experience I've ever had, was hoping to catch crawdads in the river but nothing but baby trout was there. Trestles and tunnels are the big attractions to this hike. Not many people throughout the entire hike which was nice considering we partook in some target shooting

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