A Fun mid-May Hike in the Oregon Coastal Mountains

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Gales Creek

It’s no secret I enjoy hiking in the Coastal Mountains. It is verdant and beautiful country.

On a cool and overcast mid-May day, I returned to the trailhead at Gales Creek Forest Camp. You may remember I did the Storey Burn Loop from the same trailhead in early April.

This time I followed the Gales Creek Trail all the way to a trailhead on Bell Camp Road on the crest of the Coastal Mountains, roughly 7 1/2 miles from the Forest Camp. On the way down I met two mountain bikers, but that was it for the seven-hour outing – – – no other hikers, trail runners or equestrians. Amazing!

There were many spring wildflowers in bloom along the train, dominated by bleeding hearts, corydalis, fairy lanterns and red elderberry.

A very pleasant hike indeed.

Uphill is the Storey Burn Loop Trail


Devil’s Club in bloom

Ferns, ferns and more ferns

Trail follows Gale Creek into its headbasin

Alders take a beating in the winter

Western Solomon Plume

Pleasant stretch of trail





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  1. Such a peaceful spring hike, John, thanks so much for taking us along. How wonderful to come along only two other trailblazers in a full day of hiking. Especially enjoyed the wildflowers, ferns, and the wildflower labels.

  2. Devil’s Club, my personal favorite (mainly because I can actually recognize it in the wild).

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