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Salmonberry River Trail: Beaver Slide Road to Cochran Road

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Clatsop State Forest

Salmonberry River Trail: Beaver Slide Road to Cochran Road is a 12.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Timber, Oregon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,666 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

river

wildlife

over grown

2 days ago

Don't go there if you don't have a 4 wheels drive, we got towed out. it is a nice hike, didn't get too far cuz it was covered with overgrown plants, made moving forward abit difficult.

hiking
bridge out
closed
muddy
over grown
scramble
washed out
17 days ago

Not for kids. Epic!

hiking
closed
over grown
1 month ago

The trail is closed and with the amount of safety hazards (i.e. slippery, suspended and occasional loose railway sleepers) it’s clear as to why they don’t want the general public out there. That being said, this hike is gorgeous! The contrast between historic engineering and nature is amazing. Many spots of the track are overgrown/washed out but the trail and walk-arounds are not hard to follow. Despite having to exercise caution, we will definitely be back... soon.

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blowdown
bridge out
muddy
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

I had done the other two parts of this trail and overall liked the experience of hiking through history. This one is no different although, we went down stream (opposite of the AllTrails drirections). The trail is definitely overgrown but surprisingly easy to follow. Lots of great views of the Salmonberry River and the creepy tunnels were a trip. There are TONS of great camp spots on the river which I might be checking out this summer. That all being said... The cons: It is sketchy, just like the wolf trestle hike there are signs of recent hobo activity (abandoned camping gear, trash, soiled clothes). Being this far from civilization, these are people who probably don’t take too kindly to strangers. Also, the road goes from well maintained logging road to extremely rough, rutted and washed out. I have a lifted taco and it handled it fine but a lower car probably wouldn’t make it

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muddy
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over grown
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
closed
flooded
muddy
4 months ago

Now that we’re home safely I’m seeing on another website (ORHikers.org) that this trail is actually closed and hikers are potentially subject to fines? I think that notice included this part of the trail but I’m not sure. Good to know... But oh my the ROAD!! Treacherous. I can’t believe we got out of there and didn’t end up sleeping the night, stuck on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere with no cell service. We were driving a CRV with 4- wheel drive (and snow tires). It barely got us back up the mountain. Large, deep gashes across the road, muddy trenches, and a very narrow portion where part of the road had slid away down the hillside and a large muddy trench as the only option to get by. Doable heading downhill with gravity on your side but really scary coming back up... And it’s not a road you can just go “check out and see” because there is no way to turn around in the last 15 to 20 minutes of this road which is where it becomes really scary. So you just have to get down to the bottom and then pray your way back up. Serious caution advised... I do hope they find a way to make this a viable option for hikers because it was really cool (the 1.5 miles we did before turning back because it was just too boggy and I was so stressed thinking about the terrifying drive back up!)

6 months ago

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.

off trail
over grown
private property
scramble
7 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.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

Bring machete.

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bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 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

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