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Gales Creek Trail

Fairy bells, fairy lanterns and the shamrock-shaped leaves of wood sorrel in bloom, I thought for sure I would see an elfin creature.

But nae, I didn’t even spot a wee leprechaun.

In early May I drove to the Reehers Camp Trailhead west of Timber, a great name for a small logging town in Western Oregon.

The trail followed the Nehalem River for a ways before crossing the river and beginning the 1,500-foot climb to Bells Camp Road, most of it in the last two miles.

The trail is poorly marked, but makes for a nice outing. On the summit I explored some logging roads for awhile before starting the return trip.

A very nice outing indeed.

Fairy Lanterns

The trail crosses the long-abandoned Tillamook Railroad track

Wood Sorrel

A nice stretch of the lower trail

Red-flowering Currant

Fairy Bells


Easy to get lost within the maze of logging roads



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  1. You’re pictures warm my heart. Ed


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