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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.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 544 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Waypoints (1)
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    Small waterfall

    45.56994, -123.57242

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Reviews (163)
Photos (129)
Recordings (117)
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Lauren Thomas
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Hiking

At the western trailhead, you'll begin your hike with a pedestrian bridge crossing that overlooks hordes of maskless young people frolicking in the water, and sunbathing in close proximity. If you're lucky, one of them might pop a squat and pee in front of you on the trail without even realizing you're there. You'll realize we're never going to get through this pandemic but at least you can enjoy a nice hike. My experience on this trail inspired me to put more thought into what I am looking for in a hike. I definitely will be avoiding hikes that are this close to the highway. At no point do you ever escape the deafening roar of highway 6. It was so loud that my partner and I had to raise our voices to a near yell to talk to each other. There is no real payoff to this route. The trail nears the beautiful Wilson river at points but does not offer much opportunity to be near it or really see it. There are plenty of man made trails down to the water but they're not easy going. Wilson falls is pretty and the first quarter of the hike is a truly beautiful piece of the Tillamook State Forest, however, I can't say that I enjoyed my experience along this trail.

Kevin Bailey
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail for the kids. As others have pointed out, not a lot of river views, but there are a handful. As the AllTrails map shows, you are fairly close to the highway, so only a few times did we get out of ear shot of it, but it wasn't too loud for us - barely noticeable, actually. I would ~80% of hikers here, and the other hikes we've been doing are wearing masks and do their best to social distance when you have to pass. Some of the forested areas are very nice - lots of stream crossings, but they were all quite small when we went. If you're looking for a remote hike, this is not the hike you want to choose, but if you just want to get the kids out for a fairly easy hike with some beautiful river views, it's a good choice.

Ryan Terpstra
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Hiking

A wonderful trail with some cool sights along the way. Arrive early on a hot weekend as the parking fills up for river swimmers. I'd argue the trail is somewhere between 'easy' and 'moderate'. The middle section with the elevation gain will be easy for experienced hikers, but on my way back out I passed several hikers were running out of breath and having to stop to rest on the climb.

Stacey J.
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HikingMuddy

Good trail. Saw a couple snakes.

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Larry Pasierb
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Hiking

AT has it rated as Easy, OSP has rated as Moderate... I have it as Easy to Moderate... most of trail is well maintained with some rocky areas and varying inclines as you go up to the Falls. Also if you go from the Trailhead to the Tillamook Forest Center plan on it being a 7.2 mile round trip, hence the 4 stars. Only a handful of peeps on trail.

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Eve Welcome
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful but busy trail. The wildflowers are beyond beautiful. We met a few people on our way out, and several more hikers on our way back.

Lauri Watkins
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Hiking

Trail is open at the Footbridge trailhead, and there were lots of hikers out on a nice Saturday. Pleasant hike, not buggy. Lots of wildflowers farther on the trail when you are closer to the Tillamook Forest Center (not open).

Lisa Kissinger
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was closed when we visit covid 19 :(

John Juan
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Hiking

Nice easy trail with a couple of elevations but very doable. Several parts along the river that are very inviting to swim or take a dip and cool down.

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Ryan Onstott
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike along the river. I stopped at the waterfall portion. Nice little falls at about the halfway mark.

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Candace Moon
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HikingRocky

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.

Laura Jackson
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Hiking

Great trail, no restroom facilities. Please pack out!

павло .
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HikingRocky

Diamond OHV - Wilson River

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Cory Arashiro
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HikingMuddyRocky

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.

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Tara Hollingsworth
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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!

Dan Haxton
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HikingMuddy

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

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павло .
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Danny Buche
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Sadie Grove
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HikingMuddy

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

july w
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Patience Rutto
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Hiking

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.

Sherman Baldwin
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Hiking

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

Hal Lillywhite
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Hiking

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.

Luis Conejo-Alpizar
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Hiking

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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Elan Mudrow
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Hiking

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.

Lisa Rooney
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Hiking

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?

marco W
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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.

Andrew D Bice
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Hiking

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....

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