Salmonberry River Trail: Beaver Slide Road to Cochran Road [CLOSED]

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Salmonberry River Trail: Beaver Slide Road to Cochran Road [CLOSED] is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nehalem, Oregon that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

river

closed

18 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!!

nature trips
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

8 months ago

Make sure to take a 4x4 rig if you plan to go on this trail!! Horrible roads after 9 miles into the logging roads. Maybe go with group also. Trail was good to hike on for the little bit I hiked on it. 3 stars because of the bad driving experience.

10 months ago

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hiking
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birding
Wednesday, January 27, 2016