Gales Creek Trail is a 11.3 mile lightly 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.

Length11.3 miElevation gain2,007 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsBlowdown
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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.

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Korissa Keller
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Walking

I love this creek it’s my favorite to take my dogs to. The camp grounds are really nice and we had a picnic then took my dogs down to the creek and threw sticks and there were places for them to swim or walk through it. There is a slight trail of rocks along the creek that we walk along then you can cross the creek on logs or a rock path.

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Fakename Realperson
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Diamond R
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whitney Thomason
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Hiking

our car got broken into at the camp ground gate. whoever they were busted my passenger side window and stole things I had inside. super lame! the officer we talked to said it was the third one this week!

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Avril J
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Hiking

nice hike. I recommend walking down the gated road to the campground insead of the trail from the highway. it's steep and has a lot of road noise. it's quiet walking by the creek.

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Spencer Johnson
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HikingGreat!

My son and I took 2 days to do the "there and back": 11.3 there, camped in the Reehers Campground area (officially closed), and then returned the 11.3 the next day. Leaving from Gales Creek Trailhead the walk was a gradual rise, varying between easy to challenging. The south side of the hike was very peaceful and quiet. Tall trees, with views of creek, streams, and undergrowth (no real overlooks). After reaching the peak at Bell Camp Road, the quietness was invaded with constant gunfire (shots every 10 to 30 seconds, with maybe an occasional 2 minute quiet spell at best ). It was Saturday/Sunday and target shooters were out practicing. The North side (the decent down) was a much steeper and more aggressive decent (harder on the body). Narrow trails means respect for others on trail. We passed 10 people on the way to Reerers, and 11 people on way back to Gales Creek Trailhead. We really enjoyed. The trails only had a few obstacles (fallen trees), but we fully enjoyed the hike.

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Sándor Lau
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Eric Miller
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would be nice if this site indicated that this trail is CLOSED. 6/11/20.

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- 8 months ago

As of July 15th, 2020, this trail has reopened.

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selina vega
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great trail, easy to follow! It is pretty narrow though, so passing people was a little difficult. However I only ran into a few other hikers so it wasn’t a problem. Also had some bikers zoom past. There was lots of shade but no good places to take a break. The entire trail was pretty buggy so bug spray or light layers would have been nice. But all together it was a beautiful hike and lots of fun for a easier hike on a hot day!

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Kelly Anderson
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Hiking

Did a 5 mile out and back on this trail. Really beautiful and peaceful walk overall.

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Cameron Stecki
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HikingMuddy

Long and exhausting trail. Still one of my go to favorites for when I visit.

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Linda Hernandez
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Hiking

Did a variation of Gales Trail to off the beaten path across the creek and onto a view point on the summit of unknown peak. This was an interesting route that would recommend

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Bill Hefner
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Running

Great trail! Very challenging start and then depending on your preference, you can go left at the fork up to Storey Burn which continues the very uphill version, or stay right to run along the river on a easier spur. Either way, the trails have good footing and beautiful scenery. My #1 go to for some serious hill work and relation.

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Paula Crago
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Hiking

Beautiful day on the trail! We saw one other small group. Trail conditions amazing with a little snow near the Story Burn trailhead. Can’t wait to go back again!

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frank klatil
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My review is more about the Gales creek trail. The campground was closed during my visit. The trail is open not only for hiking but also horseback riding and mountain biking. The trail is very narrow and often steep. My visit was at the end of January which is definitely not the busiest season and still there were 9+ bikers on this trail. The trail is very long and there are no pretty places you could set as your destination. No viewpoints, waterfalls, rocks or cliffs. After walking for more than ten kilometers, the only change in the scenery was an ugly clear-cut. This trail is definitely not on my list for a repeat visit.

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Tianni Lytle
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Will Fitch
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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.

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

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Edward Sandoval
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Hiking

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.

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Raymond Wettstein
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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.

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Carrie Olinger
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Hiking

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.

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Derek Runberg
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Hiking

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.

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Jake Wright
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Hiking

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!

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Elizabeth Malain
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Jeremiah Moffitt
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Sandra Augustin
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Zsofia Csikos
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Michael Paul
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Andrew Stromberg
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Ryan Deahn
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