Gales Creek Trail

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Gales Creek Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gales Creek, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
2,004 feet
Point to Point

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The first two miles are a bit boring but then once you continue through the parking lot along the upper trail it is beautiful. Lots of ferns, small falls and hiking along the creek in the sunshine. 11.4 is one way distance, so if you want this to be a day trip either make it a through hike or turn around early if you are on foot. You can also camp in the area. Trail is well used by mountain bikers, please share the trail safely and stay alert.

6 months ago

I was super hesitant about this trail cuz of all the bad reviews but it turned out to be awesome. The first two miles are super boring but then once you continue through the parking lot along the upper trail it is beautiful. Lots of ferns, small falls and hiking along the creek in the sunshine was so peaceful. Turns out this trail is also not 11.4 miles out and back, it is 11.4 one way! (Oops!) Be ready to hike if you’re planning on doing the whole thing.

11 months ago

The most basic trail you could imagine. Any pictures of the creek are at the campground but the creek isn't really accessible from the trail. Nothing to see, boring even for trail running or mountain biking.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great for mountain biking since mountain bikers are typically the only ones who show up for trail maintenance days.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

A lot of different trails to explore here. Can be pretty muddy and slick when it's not really dry out. Spacious campsites in the area.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Amazing things to be seen here if you have a good eye.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trail is well used by bicycles, so stay on alert. Two weeks ago we cleared four downed trees on the portion from Gales Creek Camp to Bell Camp Road; but just last weekend there are two freshly downed trees across the portion up to Summit Trailhead. Stay on alert during the wet season as I heard a tree come down as I was walking to summit last week, just on the opposite of the stream.

Friday, November 28, 2014

I have hiked on this trail several times. It has several side trails that offer new sights so you can return many times with different experiences every time. it countours a beautiful floodplain of Gales Creek.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Beautiful trail. A lot of hills if you start down at the campground. Our second hike this year. The day before we did 8 miles in Forest Park so we were a little sore from that.
All in all, great hike if you're looking for an up and down trail.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Did this with my 3 year old in the snow, It was pretty fun and peaceful. A great place to beavers at work in the creek below. The trail, although packed snow was great and was great for a winter exploration.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Went on 4/23/11 and there were a lot of signs saying the trail was closed due to weather damage but we went a few miles back with no issues. It was nice to have the creek along side of us and I really enjoyed the hike back as it seemed like a breeze. Hiked with our 7/10 yr olds. We all had a blast!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Easy to medium trail following a small creek. Connects with several other trails. We started at Summit Trailhead and made a 6 mile loop, instead of the 4 mile round trip. August would be an excellent time to go, because there are lots of huckleberry bushes. Dogs and mountain bikes share the trail.

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