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Quite a different trail from the norm. Approached from Cochran Road side with no issues. If you're bringing dogs with you be cautious, there are a handful of bridges that are only cross members from train tracks. However, these bridges can be avoided by scrambling down and up each ravine. There are a few larger bridges with stable crossways. Very cool trail with tons of artifacts to be found. There are a few tunnels where a headlamp may be useful. Super flat, pretty muddy. Didn't see anyone else out there. Enjoy but be careful.

hiking
closed
over grown
1 month ago

We had to park in the camping area there were few people who were camping thought this was off season and no ranger was present ! the trail was closed but we went for the hike non the less , the trail had fallen branches and trees which you have to jump through and the trail had loose mud Making it difficult to walk and the entire trail was covered with fall leaves making it slippery. it's a good hike in spring summer or late fall! this is hike you do if you have been doing long and tiring hikes in previous weeks

off trail
over grown
private property
scramble
2 months ago

Spooky, flat hike that follows the rail road tracks and takes you over two high trellis bridges. Bring your camera and your machete, as it's very overgrown but beautiful.

Bring machete.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

Awesome hike if you can get to it. MUST have a 4 wheel drive truck or Jeep or large all wheel drive suv and good tires. I drove it in a small VW suv and if it wasn’t for my mad driving skills and good weather, I would have been stuck. The road down to the hike, beaver slide road, is madness. It’s very steep, has lots of jagged rocks in the road, muddy, it’s literally in the middle of nowhere, and also, VERY STEEP! HOWEVER!!!! If you do make it down to the trail you will not be disappointed! Past reviews say there are no trespassing signs up, that’s not the case accessing this side of the rail system. My advice is -go sometime between September and November so the bugs won’t be out. Otherwise this place is BUG and TICK CENTRAL. Still be prepared for spiders. - Be a good driver, take it very slow and drive the right kind of vehicle for this. Jeep would be the best option. Good tires is a must! -take the dog for finally a walk without leash! -be prepared to scramble and deal with erosion spots. -take a machete if you have one, the tracks get super overgrown and this is not a popular hike. This hike is one of the best hikes in Oregon I’ve done so far! Enjoy

hiking
bugs
rocky
6 months ago

Back side of the Astoria Column. Nice loop trail located at the County Fair Grounds.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice out and back trail with lots of green and overhanging canopy. Just a warning for the Big / out of shape people... The beginning of this trail is a butt kicker and reminded me that I need to start hiking more lol. we only bumped into one other couple on the way back to the car. Like other people have said: the "lake" is more of a pond and there really is no access to it.

hiking
9 months ago

There’s no actual summit or outstanding views, just a decent trail. I went on a Sunday afternoon in late April and didn’t meet anyone else. Like another review mentioned, there is a split near the end by a wooden triangle, and I believe the main trail is to the right.

The drive to the trailhead is a bit rough and still has some deep snow. I parked 1.5 miles up and hiked down. As for the trail itself, it’s super easy to find. Unlike the other part of the Salmonberry that I’ve hiked...I found this one to be quite boring. The trestles were cool but definitely a little sketchy. I could hear the boards crunch under my weight. Also, having a flashlight is a huge must! Those tunnels get pitch black. That being said and done...it has a couple huge upsides. It’s the only trail I’ve been on this close to Portland where I saw not a single soul! Absolute freedom. Had my dog off leash, could hear the birds chirp (which is rarer and rarer) and there are some great photo ops. I hope to one day hike the entire rail before they turn it into some easy access bike path and ruin it. Almost forgot...there is some serious hobo activity in the area. Be careful, maybe pack some heat

on Bloom Lake Trail

hiking
snow
10 months ago

Trail is closed and marked "No Trespassing", also very overgrown. I had planned to start at the Cochran Rd. trailhead but had to park about 3 miles from the trailhead because my 4 wheel drive truck couldn't make it any further. Snow was deep and wet and my studded tires were worthless on this surface. Snowshoes would have been in order; crampons helped. In the end, I settled for a 7 mile hike on the logging road.

Tried to go hiking here on Xmas 2018. Hikes here in April 2017, private property signs not up, now they are. It also seems from this site that other access points are closed to like from Foss Road. Will be nice to be able to ride the bike to the coast not on a highway though when the Salmonberry Trail opens.

hiking
Sat Jan 05 2019

This was a great hike for a good workout. I would like to make it clear that this is a HARD hike. There are some beautiful views of the creek and lost of elk tracks. At the top there is a little pond and a nice bench to enjoy a lunch. Great hike in the fall so you will see the pond/creek. Some bad parts about this hike is it’s marked as moderate and its most definitely not. I would mark this hike as a Hard. This trail isn’t hiked often and needs to be cleared of some fallen trees. There is also a wooden triangle at one point on the trail that creates a fork on the trail. It’s not marked to stay to the right to stay on course of the trail. I didn’t hike the other trail to see where it goes.

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