Wilson River Trail is a 18.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tillamook, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length18.5 miElevation gain3,622 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Josh Ray
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IMPORTANT: Wilson River Trail is actually 24 miles from start to finish! (Elk Creek Campground to Keenig Creek Campground) Trail review: This was an amazing trail, I really enjoyed it and would love to do it again. I saw one group of people in the first mile or so, and then two groups in the last 3 or so miles at the end. An entire 20 mile stretch in between of silence. Some parts of the trail are close to the highway so you do hear cars - easy to tune out except for semis braking. There is what I would consider a large amount of elevation change. Most of the hike is either ascending or descending, except for a few glorious flatish miles in the middle after you get to Jones Creek and the forest center. There are plenty of small creeks and small waterfalls, and a bigger waterfall along the trail. For a good portion of the hike you are pretty close to the main river, and have to cross a few bridges over creeks. Except for a few miles at the end near Keenig Creek Campground, you have easy access to water. I also believe that Elk Creek, Jones Creek, and Keenig Creek all have well pumps that you can use. The trail itself is well maintained. I don't remember there being any obstacles in the way or parts of the trail that felt sketchy. Sturdy bridges everywhere that they were needed. There were a few times the trail would cross logging roads or other trails which are easy to make a wrong turn on if you aren't paying attention. There aren't many grand views on this hike compared to a lot of other hikes in the PNW region. There was a lookout around 5-6 miles in from the Elk Creek side that had a great view of the pine covered mountains, but most others were obscured or the mountains were covered in logging scars. There are some great views of the river though, and good swimming areas if you're up for the cold. All in all I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a long secluded river hike. My experience: I hiked this wonderful trail last spring, May 3-5th 2019. It's a fairly exhausting hike but doable for anyone in good shape. It is longer than is marked here. I'm not sure if that is user submitted or an aggregate of people uploading portions of the hike and it averaging out, or people tracking it with too much time in between GPS pings causing the many switchbacks to be ignored while mapping. Please see the attached image of the information from Elk Creek Campground to see for yourself. I took a 3 day trip and had originally planned to hike 2/3 the first day and camp near the river at a place I knew from highschool, but after 12 miles, being exhausted from the elevation, and it getting dark, I had to camp near Jones Creek. I hiked the next 12 miles the second day, and had originally planned to hike half way back that same day, then hike the last half the third day. I was so exhausted I embarrassingly walked along the highway for a few miles then hitchhiked back to Elk Creek rather than start up the mountain again. Great experience though.

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Morgan Jonathan
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Maybe one of the best kept and cleanest trails I have seen. We put in at the King's Mountain crossing after descending from the peak. 17 miles from that point according to trail signs. Not a single person the entire trail. Being close to the highway occasionally took me out of it, but it was beautiful down around the river. A tougher hike than you'd expect with elevation changes, but it was a great route to backpack when coupled with Kings/Elk mountain trails.

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Adam Zion
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Zetella Caauwe
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Beautiful hike. Loved getting to the waterfall.

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Wandering Bare
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This was a great hike, the weather was warm and sunny. The trail is all signal track with lots of switch backs and wends its way along the cliff faces of the bowl. You’re either climbing or descending, very few areas of level walking. There was a sign warning us of a bridge being washed out and the trail was closed at Wolf creek. Well heading off with the Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Rider spirit. If there is a bridge out we can cross the creek. The trail started out with several switch backs for a mile and a half. We then crossed over a ridge and entered a bowl. As the trail went around points and crossing several small creeks all with nice water falls as we make our way around the back side of the bowl. The trail had a few fallen trees nothing too bad, it was very apparent very few people hiked this trail, even as grand as the views were inside the bowl. There was no one else on the trail. We then reached the North East end of the bowl and started to drop into the Wolf creek valley. This was a steep descend with switch backs. When we reach Wolf creek it was easily cross-able. A functional small foot bridge had been built by other hikers out of small logs. We reached the trailhead just after 8:00 PM, just as it was starting to get dark. The 10.2 mile hike took just over 6 hours. 6 hours, experiencing truly natural freedom of being as part of nature and as close to with the natural world as person achieve in an afternoon. The trail was all signal track with lots of switch backs and wends its way along the cliff faces of the bowl. You’re either climbing or descending, very few areas of level walking.

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Cathy O'D
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Nancy Lankford
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Nicole Erickson
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Teresa Le
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Chris Olson
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Uriah Rohrbacher
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Daran Davis
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Michael Trotter
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Ewoks A. Lot
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Patrick Whisler
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Bret Rickman
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Melissa Loeffler
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Joshua Applegate
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Matt Blais
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Tony Harasimowicz
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