Wilson River Trail [CLOSED]

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Tillamook State Forest

Wilson River Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tillamook, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

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rocky
1 month ago

Fun river corridor if you're looking for a moderately challenging trail to take in lovely alpine scents & a cool breeze. We saw a few salamanders, mountain lion scat, & large fish swimming upstream in the river. When this trail ended, we proceeded up Elk Creek Mountain Trail, where we got the leg & butt burner we were seeking. No exceptional scenic viewpoints, but enjoyable all the way through. Trekking poles would be helpful on this trail.

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1 month ago

Great trail, no restroom facilities. Please pack out!

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rocky
2 months ago

Diamond OHV - Wilson River

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Secluded hike. No views. Two small water crossings. One will have a waterfall. Several swimming spots off trail. However, the trail just ends at the head of another trail. Several inclines. It was definitely a nice workout esp during the rainy season. Today was actually really nice. Monday March 2.

2 months ago

I don't know why there aren't more reviews. This hike was gorgeous! My favorite stretch of wilson river so far! Barely muddy at all! I went on March 1st a sunday and barely saw anyone! Highly recommend!

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muddy
3 months ago

Muddy, but not too bad as long as you have good footwear.

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flooded
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Cute trail, some pretty muddy spots and two shallow water crossings (would of been fine in boots just wasn’t aware of these crossing before hand) Could hear the freeway at a few points

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snow
4 months ago

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6 months ago

I’ve done this trail numerous times but my favorite time of year to hike this is when it snows. Such a beautiful walk and the scenery is great! My two kids thoroughly enjoy it every time.

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8 months ago

The trail runs along route 6 but is still pretty thick. The river covers most of the noise from the trucks.

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10 months ago

Actually the description given is for only a small part of the Wilson River Trail. The entire trail runs from Idiot Creek Loop Road (washed out so you can no longer drive the entire loop) to Keenig Creek Trailhead. The whole trail is over 25 miles long. Only three stars because most of the trail is within earshot, and often sight, of Highway 6.

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10 months ago

Used it for trail running, I’m a marathon runner, but not a trail runner, so I consider myself a beginner. Good 5-miler, several ups and downs, great workout for your ankles, I walked several times, either because of a good a climb or a steep descent. Shaded most of the way. You can hear the cars on the highway, but it really didn’t bother me. I will definitely keep this one in mind for a relatively easy Saturday trail run.

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11 months ago

Traffic noise? Well, for sure. The Wilson River runs next to one of the two major highways that connects Portland with the coast. So, if you don’t like to hear the occasional swoosh and engine roar, pick another trail. Look at Google, see if there’s a road that follows the trail you pick. Why complain when you know what you’re in for? But even next to a major highway, the Wilson River is clean, cold, and beautiful, showing off what a smaller Oregon river looks like. The trail was soft and switchbacks were minimal. Great for a trail runner like me. Another complaint I read in other reviews is about fording streams on the trail. These are but trickles and if you’ve got good shoes, you won’t even notice. Plus, it can be kind of nice even in a heavy snow pack year. It’s not like you’re crossing the Sandy next to Mt. Hood on the PCT. You can find little areas away from the traffic. For instance, I stopped at Cedar Creek, above the river. Great place to wander around and have a secluded picnic. I would highly recommend it. The road the trail runs along for only a few yards is not thee road (Highway 6) but Cedar Creek Road, which doesn’t have a lot of traffic and is gravel. So, you’re safe with your pooch. The only dangerous place is crossing Highway 6 to see Bridge Creek Falls. But you don’t need to do that if you don’t want to. It’s pleasant with an old cistern. I took a drink and washed the run sweat off me, turned around and ran back. Maybe not worth crossing a highway with cars going 70 mph. This isn’t the boonies. You can even get a good lunch and a drink at the Tillamook Forest Center. Overall, I’d say no reason to complain. Have a little day hike and a nice lunch and return to your car where you’re the one making all the noise. Lol.

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Fri Feb 08 2019

I loved this trail, except for the traffic noise. It’s probably possible to tune it out, but I wasn’t able to do that today. The trailhead is easy to find, with plenty of parking and pit toilets. There’s a very short stretch where you’re walking along the side of the road, so be aware of your canine friend for that 20 yard stretch. There’s a waterfall just off the road that you can see from the trail, and a glorious waterfall on the trail. No really, it’s on the trail. The splash factor was minimal, but you do have to walk through water. The river is peaceful and calming to look at, and does help to drown out the traffic noise. The steep parts are real steep, but they don’t last long. I plan to go out there again and explore more of the trails in that area. Critters spotted on the trail: a dehydrated newt off the side of the path. Also, the dog that always goes with us was overprotective today and was staring off into the trees frequently. Was it Sasquatch? Was it a cougar?

Tue Oct 16 2018

Easy relaxing hike along Wilson River. 4 stars because of the noise from highway 6 but the river is so loud in portions it actual drowns out the sound of the motor vehicles. Teeny-Tiny Waterfall is a must see about half way between foot-bridge and Forest Center. Many areas to hike down to the rivers edge for lunch and a lazy nap in the sun. Went on a Sunday late morning and surprised by the lack of other hikers. Perfect for kids and a easy one hour drive from Portland.

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Mon Oct 01 2018

Over-all, the trail was a nice moderate hike, with a few rather steep climbs and in some areas sketchy footing. Starting out, there needs to be a better trail identification set-up, as we actually turned on the down river trail, only to turn back around and finally find the right trail. For planning - this trail actually breaks out into 2 other hikes as well, depending on the distance one wants to hike. Waterfall actually crosses the trail, I would imagine that with more rain, this might make crossing a bit difficult. As for hikers/bikers, not to many on the trail, but there were a few. Hiked with out dogs....

Sun Aug 19 2018

Nice hike along the river. Lots of berries & different features. Moderate traffick. Difficult to find at some points. Over all, a nice hike.

bird watching
Fri Aug 17 2018

good for spotting wildflower's

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Sat Aug 11 2018

A little on the easier side, but still really pleasant. By noon it was heavily trafficked. 3.5 out of 5 seems like a fair score.

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Fri Jul 20 2018

the trail is in good condition. it’s a fairly popular hike, I’m assuming since it’s close to the forest center. nice trail, not too amazing though. sat down by the river and watched a bald eagle fly above me for awhile. overall I’d say 3.5/5 stars, definitely leaning towards an easier hike.

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Wed Jul 04 2018

Great trail for a quick hike. The waterfall was great we almost missed it it was really high and close to the trail. The dog loved the river. There were some great places to swim and to jump off the footbridge. Love this hike!

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Sun May 27 2018

Nice trail, visitor center was fun to visit on the way back (opens at 10). Started at 7am and had the trail to ourselves! Nice river/beautiful forest. No fees for parking or visitor center. Trail mostly dry no mud, but smaller crossings with some water

Sun Jan 28 2018

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Sat Jan 27 2018

Trail is in great condition. It was super cloudy when I went so not many views, but a hike for the rain since there is so much cover.

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Sat Nov 25 2017

It was a great hike, although it was a bit muddy and wet. Probably not best for little kids when it is that wet and muddy. The hike was a nice mix of up and down (moderate) and the waterfall kind of surprises you in the middle of the trail. We didn't see anyone else there. Great hike.

Tue Jun 27 2017

Very nice trail. It is not clearly marked, but if you follow this map it is super easy.

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Sun Jun 25 2017

This is a great short hike. Go early and you will have complete solitude. There is a good amount of parking at the trailhead and restrooms. There is no cell service at all. Lots of shade. The trail is near the road at the start but after a while the road noise fades.

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